“1812- Star Spangled Nation” Exhibit to visit Detroit Public Library

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DETROIT - Jan. 21, 2014 - PRLog -- Detroit – Opening on Friday, January 25, 2014 the “1812: Star-Spangled Banner Nation” exhibit is presented by the Detroit Public Library with support from the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The traveling exhibit of 25 original oil paintings was created by the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) to help commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The paintings, reflecting nautical scenes from the War of 1812, were created by contemporary artists who are members of ASMA.

Following the January 24, 2014 opening, the exhibit will be open to the public through Saturday,

March 1, 2014. An Opening Program is set for 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, at the Main Library located at 5201 Woodward Avenue. Detroit, MI 48202.

A free lecture, “Mackinac in the War of 1812” will take place in the exhibit area prior to the opening program. Phil Porter, Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks, will explain why Mackinac Island was a critical location and a center of conflict throughout\t the War. Porter

serves as chairman of the Michigan 1812 Commission.

A series of free public lectures on the “War of 1812” themes will be offered at the Detroit Public Library through the March 1, 2014 exhibit closing.  Each lecture will be held every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. starting January 25, 2014.


Lecture schedule:

Saturday, January   25   Phil Porter “Mackinac in the War of 1812”

Saturday, February  1     Jim McConnell “Detroit in the War of 1812”

Saturday, February  8     Eric Hemenway “Native Americans in the War of 1812”

Saturday, February  15   Ralph Naveaux “Battles of the River Raisin”

Saturday, February  22   Jim Spurr “The Story of ‘Friends Good Will’”

Saturday, March       1    Brian Dunnigan “The American Attack on Mackinac, 1814"

The governor-appointed Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is charged with encouraging, planning and developing activities, events, programs, observances and services appropriate to commemorate Michigan's role in the War of 1812. More information, including a complete list of War of 1812 bicentennial events, can be found at www.michigan.gov/war1812.

For more information, contact the library at 313-481-1339 or visit us online at www.detroitpubliclibrary.org.

About American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA

Founded in 1978, the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) is a non-profit educational organization. ASMA’s purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history, and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, academics, enthusiasts and others engaged in activities relating to marine art and maritime history. Widely respected by museums, galleries, naval maritime associations as well as devoted maritime art collectors, the American Society of Marine Artists advances its educational mission through Regional and National Exhibitions hosted by museums across the country and by publishing related exhibition catalogs as well as a quarterly, ASMA News and Journal. The Society welcomes all to membership who are interested in America’s rich maritime heritage. For more information, visit http://americansocietyofmarineartists.com/

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