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Michael Whittaker in his Harbor Master uniform.
Michael Whittaker in his Harbor Master uniform.

A cross-border look at the War of 1812

A series of lectures on the War of 1812 will be held in Ogdensburg this weekend. The Fort La Presentation Association's fourth annual War of 1812 Lectures will be held at the Freight House Restaurant on Friday and Saturday. Eight experts from the U.S. and Canada will present the latest research on battles, allies, historic preservation, medical practices, and the work of local museums. It's a chance to share common ideas about different aspects of the war.

Ontario re-enactor Michael Whittaker, one of the organizers, says the event will appeal to students, history buffs and the curious. Todd Moe got his take on this year's War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations and the weekend gathering. Whittaker says the St. Lawrence River was one of the focal points of the war.  Go to full article
Michael Whittaker in his Harbor Master uniform.
Michael Whittaker in his Harbor Master uniform.

A passion for local history

Hundreds of French and Indian War re-enactors return to Ogdensburg this weekend for Founder's Day events. About a dozen colorful re-enactment units portraying 18th century regiments of the French and British armies, their colonial militias and Native allies will set up their canvas tents on Lighthouse Point. Nine bateau and traditional boats will mark the navy encampment on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Keeping an eye on those boats will be Harbor Master Michael Whittaker, from Ontario. He told Todd Moe that the nearness of the archaeological remains of Fort de la Presentation puts re-enactors in touch with the history they treasure.  Go to full article

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