Niagara University Hosts Conference on New York State History June 14-16

June 12, 2012 by Michael J. Freedman

The Conference on New York State History, an annual meeting of historians, librarians, educators and community members who are interested in New York state's past, comes to Niagara University June 14-16, 2012. The event brings together several hundred scholars and students from across the state to share information and ideas about historical research and programming.

This year's conference will feature a “track” of panels and plenary sessions focusing on the War of 1812, when the United States declared war against Great Britain. The bicentennial observance of that momentous period in the country's history begins June 18, 2012. On June 14,  Pulitzer Prize winning historian Alan Taylor, Ph.D., will speak about the War of 1812 and fighting on the Niagara Frontier at 8 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum.

Many of the War of 1812's battles were fought along the Niagara frontier, making Niagara University a fitting location for a conference taking place 200 years after the war's commencement. The Conference on New York State History is sponsored by the New York State Historical Association in collaboration with the New York State Archives Partnership Trust and is co-sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities and Niagara University.

Over 200 visitors will be utilizing the campus for lectures, programming and dining. Most programming will be held in Bisgrove Hall, the Academic Complex and St. Vincent's Hall.

Please direct any questions to Tom Chambers, Debbie Curtis or Jay Stockslader.

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