Monthly Archives: September 2011

THE WAR OF 1812. PBS Doc premieres Oct 10th

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists and native nations. Some of the War of 1812’s battles and heroes became legendary, yet its blunders and cowards were just as prominent. This film shows how the glories of war become enshrined in history, how failures are quickly forgotten and how inconvenient truths are ignored forever. With stunning re-enactments, evocative animation and the incisive commentary of key experts, THE WAR OF 1812 presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.

THE WAR OF 1812 is a production of WNED Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc., in association with WETA Washington, DC


Doors Open Middlesex results

First ever County-Wide Event!
There were 3388 visits this past weekend over the 21 sites across Middlesex County.

Some of the weekend’s highlights included over 700 visitors exploring the Arva Flour Mill, and over 560 visitors experiencing Lucan, and the historic Donnelly Museum. All 21 sites and their respective communities received good exposure during the event, and will surely have many repeat visits from those who were able to experience Doors Open Middlesex for the first time.

This event would not have been possible without the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the County of Middlesex, the municipalities of Strathroy Caradoc, Lucan Biddulph, Southwest Middlesex, Middlesex Centre, Thames Centre, Adelaide Metcalfe, North Middlesex, the Village of Newbury, Community Futures Development Corporation of Middlesex County and Doors Open London/London Heritage Council.

Sheila Devost

137 Frank Street Strathroy, ON N7G 2R8

Phone: 519-245-8951

Toll Free: 1-855-245-8951


Tecumseh Monument Redevelopment

The Friends of the Tecumseh Monument, a local not-for-profit, have been working on the redevelopment of the Tecumseh Monument site.  A new Interpretive Master Plan has been extensively researched and the resulting plans were unveiled in a presentation by Rob LeBlanc from Ekistics Planning and DesignSeptember 19th, 2011.  Wow.

Lisa Gilbert & plan for Tecumseh Monument

This ambitious project is worthy of the stature of Tecumseh and the Confederacy.  George Ward was one of the smaller characters; Tecumseh is HUGE.

To arrange interviews or for further information, please call or email:

Lisa Gilbert, Chair, Friends of the Tecumseh Monument
519 674 2322

The Battle of Tippecanoe, which took place outside Prophetstown in present-day Indiana at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers, was fought on November 7, 1811. United States forces, led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory, defeated forces of Tecumseh’s growing American Indian confederation led by his younger brother Tenskwatawa, also known as The Prophet. The Tippecanoe defeat dealt a devastating blow to Tecumseh’s confederacy, which never regained its former strength. Public opinion in the United States blamed the Native American uprising on British interference. This suspicion served as a catalyst to the War of 1812, which began only six months later.  Source.
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