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 Entering the 2012 Bicentennial

While The War of 1812 may have had its national premiere last month, we all know the War of 1812 Bicentennial is just beginning.  So many communities and organizations are planning to celebrate the War of 1812 Bicentennial make sure The War of 1812 is part of your plans! 

Take the time to explore the project's free mobile app, which transports you to the War of 1812 sites throughout the United States and Canada, or download the lesson plans, which are designed for students of all ages on both sides of the border.

Read a review about the companion book and learn why it's for "readers looking for a good travel resource during the War of 1812's bicentennial year and beyond."

Also, you can watch The War of 1812 online (and we'll let you know once the 2012 rebroadcast is scheduled).

Have you seen a War of 1812 military reenactment near you? Watch this clip from The War of 1812 to find out some of the military realities of the era from communications and logistics to weaponry and uniforms.

The War of 1812 Video Military Realities

War of 1812 Web TileWant to Tell Others? You can easily Tell a Friend about this e-newsletter, which is now a monthly communication.  Use #pbs1812 on Twitter.  Or download the web button to the right for your own website.  For other project materials or questions, please contact Kate Kelly at WETA.

Watch the Film

The War of 1812: Trailer

Watch The War of 1812 onlineThe entire two-hour film is now online at pbs.org/1812 . 

Learn more about the War of 1812: Buy the book and DVDThe War of 1812 App ActiveA Bi-National Bicentennial

The South Western Ontario War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee will host some exciting commemorations during the entire three year bicentennial. The great warrior Tecumseh fought his last battle in the South West and several of the 1812 projects acknowledge and commemorate his contributions.

Explore their site for history, news and events, experience the living history of the region and join in the excitement!

We will feature other Bicentennial plans here in future e-newsletters.

Featured Battle Site

Tippecanoe Battlefield Reenactor

Tippecanoe Battlefield              North of Lafayette, Indiana, USA

This wooded area seven miles north of Lafayette, Indiana, played a major role in American history. It was on this spot the Native Americans lost their grip on the fertile Midwestern lands they had roamed for thousands of years. It was also on this spot some years later that a gathering took place that helped launch the modern political campaign.

The Tippecanoe Battlefield is a National Historic Landmark that attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually to northern Tippecanoe County. Here, you can explore the grounds where the conflict occurred.  Visit vivid museum displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and The Prophet, had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers.  Walk the battle ground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved.

Did You Know? Many Indian tribes roamed this part of the Wabash Valley before the thriving trading post of Keth-tip-pe-can-nunk was established in the eighteenth century. Known to many as "Tippecanoe", the village was razed in 1791 in an attempt to scatter the Indians and open the land to the new white settlers. Seventeen years later a new Indian village was established on or near the old Keth-tip-pe-can-nunk site at the Wabash/Tippecanoe River junction. Known as "Prophet's Town", this village was destined to become the capitol of a great Indian confederacy -- their equivalent to Washington, D.C.  In addition to being a seat of diplomacy, Prophet's Town became a training center for the warriors, with a rigorous spiritual and athletic regimen.  (Text/Photo courtesy of Tippecanoe County Historical Association)

Visit more sites on The War of 1812 website.


Educational News

James Madison

Lesson Plans on President Madison’s 1812 War Message

EDSITEment!, The Best of Humanities on the Web, has three lesson plans for grades 9-12 available about James Madison during the War of 1812.

Lesson 1: President Madison’s 1812 War Message: A Brief Overview

Students will read President Madison’s War Message (in either an edited/annotated or full-text version) and be given the opportunity to raise questions about its contents.

Lesson 2: President Madison’s 1812 War Message: A Documentary Review

Students examine examples of primary documents (and some secondary accounts) that illuminate key points in President Madison’s letter. The lesson identifies 10 statements in the message about which students are likely to have questions, and it provides relevant materials. If students raise questions about other sections of the letter, class members may be able to locate pertinent documents on their own, once they become familiar with some of the sources available in the records of Congress.

Lesson 3: President Madison’s 1812 War Message: Answers Lead to More Questions

Students review the contents of the War Message and consider what documents might be useful in making further analyses of the text.

Explore more history and social studies lessons from EDSITEment!. 

Presented by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  EDSITEment! is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

See more educational content at The War of 1812 website.

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The War of 1812 is a production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., in association with WETA Washington, D.C.

National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe Wilson FoundationWarren and Barbara GoldringCorporation for Public BroadcastingThe Arthur Vining Davis FoundationsPhil LindThe Annenberg Foundation

With additional support from The Baird Foundation, Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and Jackman Foundation.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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