1812 Star Spangled Nation Lecture

This week's Naveaux Lecture on “Battles of the River Raisin” at Detroit Public Library, February 15, has been cancelled.

Due to the Library's observance of Presidents Day, the library will be closed to the public on Saturday, February 15th, the lecture's scheduled date.  “The Michigan War of 1812 Commission and the Detroit Public Library both regret the cancellation and apologize to anyone inconvenienced.

The remaining two Saturday 2 p.m. lectures are set to be offered as scheduled.  On February. 22nd, Jim Spurr will discuss “Story of ‘Friends Good Will: Merchantman Turned Man-o-War.”  The final lecture occurs on, March 1, featuring Brian Dunnigan discussing “The American Attack on Mackinac, 1814." The presenters serve on the Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

The lecture series is part of the “1812: Star-Spangled Banner Nation” exhibit here at the Main Library. The free exhibit is open through Saturday, March 1st, during regular library hours. 


About the Exhibit

The 1812 - Star-Spangled Banner Nation exhibit is presented by the Detroit Public Library with support from the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The traveling exhibit of 25 original oil paintings was created by the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) to help commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The paintings, reflecting nautical scenes from the War of 1812, were created by contemporary artists who are members of ASMA.

Now on display until Saturday, March 1, 2014, the exhibit will accompany a lecture series from some of the area's most notable presenters on the subject of the War of 1812.  The free public lectures on the "War of 1812" themes will be offered at the Detroit Public Library each week through the March 1, 2014 exhibit closing. Each lecture will be held on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. beginning February 8, 2014.

Lecture Schedule

Saturday, February 15
Ralph Naveaux, Battles of the River Raisin

Saturday, February 22
Jim Spurr, The Story of ‘Friends Good Will'

Saturday, March 1
Brian Dunnigan, The American Attack on Mackinac, 1814

The governor-appointed Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is charged with encouraging, planning and developing activities, events, programs, observances and services appropriate to commemorate Michigan's role in the War of 1812. More information, including a complete list of War of 1812 bicentennial events, can be found at www.michigan.gov/war1812.

Founded in 1978, the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) is a non-profit educational organization. ASMA's purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history, and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, academics, enthusiasts and others engaged in activities relating to marine art and maritime history. Widely respected by museums, galleries, naval maritime associations as well as devoted maritime art collectors, the American Society of Marine Artists advances its educational mission through Regional and National Exhibitions hosted by museums across the country and by publishing related exhibition catalogs as well as a quarterly, ASMA News and Journal. The Society welcomes all to membership who are interested in America's rich maritime heritage. For more information, visit http://americansocietyofmarineartists.com/


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