Conference focused on Lake Ontario, the War of 1812 taking place in Sackets Harbor | WWTI

SACKETS HARBOR, NY (WWTI) — The public will have a chance to learn more about local history on April 30.

The final session of the 2022 Lake Ontario Lecture Series will begin at 2 p.m. on April 30 at the Sackets Harbor Ballroom located at 103 Main Street West in the Village of Sackets Harbour. The final lecture is entitled “Lake Ontario and the War of 1812” and will feature three speakers.

One of the speakers is local archaeologist Dr. Tim Abel. He is also an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Canton and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at St. Lawrence University. Abel has spent the past ten years studying the War of 1812 and how the war specifically affected upstate New York which he will cover in the conference.

The chairman of the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University in Pennsylvania, Dr. Ben Ford, will also speak at the conference. He also specializes in maritime and historical archeology and is a licensed professional archaeologist. Ford will discuss the naval conflicts of the war, the ships involved, and the ships that have yet to be found.

The final speaker will be Dr. Gary Gibson, a retired naval historian and computer scientist who has been researching the Naval War of 1812 on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River since 1991. Gibson will trace the evolution of the first race to the country’s armaments. as it unfolded during the War of 1812 at the conference.

The program is expected to last approximately two hours and is open to anyone interested in attending. Those unable to attend the conference in person can also attend virtually. Individuals can register for in-person and virtual participation here.

Angela C. Hale