Monday, August 15, 2011

WAR OF 1812 UPDATE AND SYMPOSIUM

                                                             (Photo by Ed Emmons)
                              Bequeiath Cemetery sits off Wagonseller Road in Tazewell County


Hidden off the beaten path in Tazewell County is Bequeiath Cemetery, home to one of the Veterans of the war of 1812. The Cemetery is located off the Wagonseller blacktop about a mile behind the Marine Corps league surrounded by fields.

Buried in Bequeiath Cemetery is Captain Joseph Bequeiath who died in 1839, a Veteran of the war of 1812. He was of  Russell's Battalion,  Ohio Militia Drummer for Captain James Right mire's Company,
 and served from Sept. 6, 1814 to March 5, 1815.

                                 The headstone for Joseph Bequeiath, a Veteran of the war of 1812.

The headstone has been patched back together, broken into 3 different pieces, and reset in concrete. When Tazewell County Historic Places Society worked on restoration of Bequeiath Cemetery, they found the stone of Joseph Bequeiath. The Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is searching for all War of 1812 Veterans who are buried in the State of Illinois.

The Tazewell County Board appointed Museum President Christal Dagit as the commissioner for the Civil War and the War of 1812. Christal says that most people do not realize that Illinois was pivotal during this time, especially here in Tazewell, Woodford, and Peoria counties.

Most people think they knew of the Star Spangled Banner being fired upon by the British. The War of 1812 culminated the Revolutionary War and defined us a Nation. After receiving her credentials from the County, Christal contacted the Illinois Historical Society to see what they had planned for the War of 1812, that was because she knew of all the Central Illinois history.

After that call, they decided to do a Historical symposium, one a year. They settled on doing it in East Peoria. They have been having regular bi-monthly meetings on the war of 1812. An official call for research papers by the Illinois State Historical Society. They have included the call for papers, advertising, and announcing the war of 1812 symposium in East Peoria for April of 2012.

Illinois War of 1812 Symposium - Call for Papers

The planning committee for the 2012 Illinois History Symposium has issued a call for papers on the theme "Contested Lands: 1763-1840," which focuses on the issues, policies, and people affected by the French and Indian Wars, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the settlement of the Illinois Frontier. The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 is of special interest to the symposium, especially as it played out along the Mississippi and Illinois river corridors.
Papers, panels, workshops, living history demonstrations, tours, and special events will be part of the anniversary commemoration, and professional scholars, academics, graduate students, and amateur historians are invited to submit a one-page proposal, along with a one-page vita, for consideration. The deadline for proposals is October 15, 2011.
The symposium will be held April 26-28, 2012, at the Embassy Suites hotel in East Peoria, Illinois, on the south bank of the Illinois River. The commemoration will also include a Native-American gathering of historical tribes that settled in or migrated through the Illinois Territory, a historic neighborhood tour of Peoria, an artifact identification workshop, and much more.

For more information about the 2012 Illinois History Symposium, call 217-525-2781. All proposals should be sent to:

2012 Illinois History Symposium
Illinois State Historical Society
P. O. Box 1800
Springfield, IL 62705-1800

The 2012 Illinois History Symposium is sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society, the French Heritage Corridor Association, The Tazewell County Historic Places Society, the Peoria County Historical Society, and the Woodford County Historical Society.




Date :
From April 26, 2012 to April 28, 2012
Location :
2012 Illinois History Symposium
Illinois State Historical Society
P. O. Box 1800

Springfield, IL
Information :
wfurry@sbcglobal.net



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