History Center Opens New Exhibit about War of 1812 with Talk by Pulitzer-Prize Winning Historian Alan Taylor on June 7

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Release dated: 
April 30, 2014
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen • Marketing and Communications • 651-259-3148 • jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Wendy Jones • Minnesota History Center • 651-259-3411 • wendy.jones@mnhs.org

Quick facts: 

Event: The Civil War of 1812, with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Alan Taylor
Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: 2 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center
Cost: $15/$11 for MNHS members.
Reservations: recommended, call 651-259-3015 or buy tickets online.
Phone: 651-259-3000, 800-657-3773
Website: www.minnesotahistorycenter.org

History Center Opens New Exhibit about War of 1812 with Talk by Pulitzer-Prize Winning Historian Alan Taylor on June 7

Alan Taylor won a second Pulitzer-Prize on April 14, 2014, for his work researching early American history. On the heels of this prestigious award, Mr. Taylor will speak at the Minnesota History Center on June 7 at 2 p.m. about the War of 1812, an international war that helped shape the future of the United States and Minnesota.

War of 1812

Taylor will discuss how, like the American Revolution, the War of 1812 was a civil war between competing visions of America, one still loyal to the British empire and the other defined by its revolution against that empire. But neither side would reap what it expected from the war. Frustrated in their fantasies of smashing the other, Canada and the United States had to learn how to share the continent and to call coexistence victory. By ending in a standoff, and concluding America's revolution, the War of 1812 had the greatest of consequences for North America.

Alan Taylor is Distinguished Professor of History at UC Davis and author of seven books, including "The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies." He is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, most recently for "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832."

Cost for the program is $15 or $11 for MNHS members. Tickets can be purchased by calling 651-259-3015 or online.

This lecture is sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada and offered in conjunction with the travelling exhibit "War of 1812: Canada, the United States, Great Britain, and Native Americans," created by the Canadian War Museum, on display June 3-Sept. 14, 2014 at the Minnesota History Center.

The exhibit tells how wars are a part of a nation’s or a people’s story, and how these stories can be strikingly different-even contradictory-depending on the teller’s perspective. The exhibit explores the War of 1812 from the contrasting perspectives of the four main participants: Canadians (including Canadian First Peoples), Americans, the British and American Indians.

Original artifacts drawn from the Minnesota Historical Society collections will be on display alongside graphic panels that present the historical perspectives of the war. The artifacts include the first map to show the existence of all five Great Lakes; a first edition of Father Hennepin's "Travels"; and a 1689 fur trade contract with Nicolas Perrot.

The exhibit is free with regular museum admission of $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and college students, $6 for children ages 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under and MNHS members.

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The Society’s calendar of events is posted online at www.mnhs.org/calendar. The website also has information about all of the Society’s programs, museums and historic sites.

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