On Wednesday October 10th, the Greene County Historical Society is pleased to present a lecture by Tom Shanahan, “1812 – Uncle Sam’s First War.” Mr. Shanahan will discuss the history of the War of 1812 and how a local businessman became one of the nation’s most visible symbols – making the War of 1812 truly “Uncle Sam’s First War.” The War of 1812 was a conflict born of the titanic struggle between two great European empires – Britain and Napoleon’s France. The first declared war in American history was primarily a naval war, fought on Oceans across the globe. Yet half the war’s casualties were sustained within 35 miles of the Niagara River, separating Canada from upstate New York.
Tom Shanahan is a lecturer for the New York Council for the Humanities’ commemoration of the War of 1812 bicentennial. An accomplished writer and researcher, he has authored articles on public policy and political history, which have been published in venues across New York. He is also Executive Producer of the Internet documentary: 1812 – Uncle Sam’s First War, now in pre-production.
This event is made possible through Speakers in the Humanities, a program of the New York Council for the Humanities. Speakers in the Humanities lectures are made possible with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The New York Council for the Humanities is a not-for-profit, independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through statewide collaborations, and programs and services that encourage imaginative thinking and critical inquiry, the Council works to ensure that the humanities are present in the intellectual and cultural life of every New Yorker.
The program begins at 7pm and will be held in the reading room of the Greene County Historical Society’s Vedder Research Library located on the grounds of Bronck Museum. Bronck Museum is located just off US 9W 1.5 miles south of the intersection of routes 9W, 385, and 81 near Coxsackie. This program is free and open to the general public.