A lecture on the War of 1812 will be delivered by Robert W. Arnold III, historian at the College of Saint Rose, on Saturday, April 26, at the North Tonawanda History Museum, 54 Webster St.
The program is free and open to the public.
The lecture is part of an all-day "open house" at the museum, where visitors can also view hundreds of exhibits, spread over 10,000 square feet, harkening back to the rich and colorful heritage of North Tonawanda, a port on the Erie Canal and Niagara River.
The museum is also celebrating two birthdays on the 26tj: its own10th anniversary and the 117th anniversary of North Tonawanda becoming a city. Cake and coffee will be served in the afternoon.
Prof. Arnold will examine the impact of the War of 1812 and its aftermath on the people of New York, and the roads and canals that were built in response to the war.
Prof. Arnold is retired from the New York State Archives. Former Albany County Historian, Prof. Arnold was also an historical archaeologist. He currently serves as commissioner of historic resources for the City of Albany and teaches American history at the College of Saint Rose and Excelsior College.