Leaders of cultural groups in New York, Vermont and Quebec are joining forces to commemorate the upcoming 200th anniversary of the War of 1812
Dozens of people from two states and the Canadian province gathered at Clinton Community College Tuesday to participate in a day-long summit to kick off formal planning for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration next year.
"The War of 1812 is clearly one of the defining events of our region's history," said Jim Brangan, assistant director of the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.
"The American victory of the Battle of Plattsburgh set the stage for 200 years of peace in the Champlain Valley and made the U.S. a sovereign state that no longer had to fear invasion from Europe."
Although Tuesday's gathering brought together some of the region's finest experts on local and regional history, core members of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Council have been working together for more than eight months, targeting the International Heritage Summit as the springboard for more community involvement.