Friday, September 23, 2011


                                                                           (Image by Robert Thom)

The Tazewell County Commission on the War of 1812/Civil War held a meeting last night at the Tazewell County Genealogical and History Society in Pekin. Christal Dagit, Regional Director of the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission conducted the meeting.

The Commission discussed how they would go about finding all Veterans of the War of 1812, and where they were buried. So far no Veterans have been located in Pekin or E. Peoria. A total of 26 Veterans are believed to be from Tazewell County.

A three day symposium is being planned for April 26-28 at the Embassy Suites, East Peoria. The Tazewell County Museum will host a luncheon at the symposium and is selling lapel pins that will come with a postcard with the image that is shown( above ) for $5 to offset the cost. You may contact the Tazewell County Museum at 347-8375 to purchase the pins or email us at or

The following shows what the lapel pins look like and the second image is of the back of the postcard with information concerning the symposium.

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The two-hour film history airs on PBS stations nationwide on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings). Filmed by award-winning documentarians Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey and narrated by Joe Mantegna, the film explores when, from 1812 to 1815, Americans battled against the British, Canadian colonists, and Native warriors. The outcomes shaped the geography and the identity of North America.
Across the United States and Canada, communities are planning events to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. We will send you updates about The War of 1812 and other Bicentennial plans.
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Featured Battle Site

National Park Service Fort McHenry
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Visit the fort that defended Baltimore against the British invasion in the War of 1812, and the birthplace of the National Anthem.
Did You Know? When news of the Declaration of War reached Baltimore, some ship owners began turning their vessels into privateers. These privately owned ships were given permission from the government to capture British merchant ships. Soon, Baltimore was described as “a nest of pirates,” and the British were determined to put an end to privateering. (Text courtesy NPS.)

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War of 1812 Educators Guide
Educators Guides Available Now
The War of 1812 project includes lesson plans for students in elementary, middle and high school. They are available now from the project website Every attempt has been made to ensure that the plans are congruent with bi-national learning standards for the United States and Canada. The lessons typically use program segments and broad thematic strands, and they integrate and honor the contributions of all groups involved in the War. Many of the activities are multidisciplinary, incorporating areas such as English Language Arts, music and art.
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