Through the Perilous Fight: The Story of the Star Spangled Banner at the Battle for Baltimore

Thursday, March 13 @ 7.30 pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

Steve Vogel, The Washington Post

VogelPicSteve Vogel covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War, operations in Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans, the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, and was an embedded journalist in Iraq. Join him for the fascinating story of how Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner during the War of 1812. With performances by Bess Arlene Camacho, Soprano, and Hamilton High School’s award-winning Rhapsody in Blue Show Choir.

  • Free public event. Reception to follow.

“What We Know That Ain’t So”: Myths of the War of 1812

Tuesday, November 19 @ 7.30pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center

Don Hickey, Professor of History, Wayne State College

Don Hickey 019 (5)Where do historical myths come from?  Why they are so persistent?  What are the top ten myths about the War of 1812?  Join award-winning author Don Hickey, who the New Yorker called “the dean of 1812 scholarship,” as he explores these questions.  The author of seven books and nearly a hundred articles on the war, Hickey has consulted extensively with historic sites, museums, and government agencies for the War of 1812 Bicentennial, and served as script advisor for several films including the 2011 PBS production, The War of 1812.

  • Free public event. Reception to Follow.

Video update: Dowd, Meier

Dear folks,

Our video archives have been updated to include Gregory Evans Dowd’s talk, “The Tecumseh Legend as History,” and highlights of Jeremy Meier’s performance of “Oliver Hazard Perry: Hero of Lake Erie.” We look forward to updating our archives to include future events, beginning with next Tuesday’s Symposium The War for the Great Lakes.

Meanwhile, please enjoy our video gallery, along with these stills from our latest Colligan event, courtesy of our talented videographer Craig Rouse:

"Don't Give Up the Ship"

“Don’t Give Up the Ship”

Audience participation!

Audience participation!

The Commodore

The Commodore

L-r: Associate Dean Rob Schorman; Jeremy Meier as Commodore Perry; Matthew Smith and Curt Ellison (Michael J. Colligan History Project)

L-r: Associate Dean Rob Schorman; Jeremy Meier as Commodore Perry; Matthew Smith and Curt Ellison (Michael J. Colligan History Project)

The War for the Great Lakes: A Symposium

lake_erie-p33Tuesday, October 8, 7.30 pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

A Symposium with George Ironstrack, Myaamia Center, Miami University; Larry Nelson, Editor, Northwest Ohio History; G. Michael Pratt, Miami University; David Skaggs, Bowling Green State University; and Andrew Cayton, Miami University, convenor.

The War of 1812 was fought in Ohio two hundred years ago. As the “Second War of Independence” entered 1813, bitter fighting raged between the United States and the British, their Canadian allies and American Indians.  Join us as a distinguished panel of historians share differing perspectives on events and their significance at a key turning point in American history.

  • Free public event. Reception to Follow.

Oliver Hazard Perry, Hero of Lake Erie: A Dramatic Performance

Jeremy-Meier-will-portray-Commodore-PerryJeremy Meier

Professor of Theater, Owens Community College

Tuesday September 24, 7.30pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

On September 10, 1813, Oliver Hazard Perry led his squadron into one of the most significant battles during the War of 1812.  In this solo performance, Jeremy Meier depicts Commodore Perry five years after the battle.  Join “The Hero of Lake Erie” as he recalls the challenges of building a squadron in frontier wilderness and the climactic battle against the British in what would be a decisive act to preserve the Old Northwest for the United States.

  • Free public event. Reception to follow.

The War of 1812 in the West: Our Fall Schedule

Dear Folks,

Death of TecumsehOur fall 2013 program “American Wars, American Lives: The War of 1812 in the West,” got off to a flying start yesterday evening with Gregory Evans Dowd’s reflections on “The Tecumseh Legend as History.” Dowd explored the legends surrounding Tecumseh, delving  into controversies surrounding this mercurial figure, while placing Indian resistance to US expansion in the context of the War of 1812. Audience turnout was impressive, but for those who missed Prof. Dowd (and for everybody else), we’ll  update our video archive shortly. Stay posted!

Meanwhile please click below for the official Michael J. Colligan History Project Fall 2013 schedule, “The War of 1812 in the West.” Special thanks is due (once again) to Miami Hamilton’s Chele Dienno for our excellent publicity material!

COLLIGAN FALL 2013 SCHEDULE

On behalf of us all at the Colligan Project, our thanks for your continuing support!

Matthew Smith

Assistant Director, Michael J. Colligan History Project

The Tecumseh Legend as History: The Shawnee Federalist & the Apocalypse of 1812

Gregory Evans Dowd, 

OAH Distinguished Lecturer; Professor of History and Chair, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Wednesday September 4, 7.30pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

DowdAlthough legends about Tecumseh portray him as a rare genius struggling against ancient tribalism, he was influential in developing pan-Indian action in the last half of the 18th century. Other legends have heavens and earth abetting his cause with a solar eclipse, a brilliant comet, and a series of profound earthquakes. While these stories, repeated by historians are mostly baseless, they contain a nugget of truth.

  •  Free, public event. Reception to follow.