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Lecture: Is Newark Burning

Thursday, Apr 18th - Thursday, Apr 18th
Starts: 7:30 PM | Ends: 8:30 PM
Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum, 43 Castlereagh Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, L0S 1J0
One Time Event

Is Newark Burning: the politics of fire during the war of 1812-- a story too complicated to tell

Who was Joseph Willcocks, and why would this popularly elected member of the Upper Canada legislature go over to the other side and burn Newark/Niagara/Niagara-on-the-Lake, the town he lived in for several years prior to his leading the burning party during the winter of 1813?"

John B. Lee is Poet Laureate of the city of Brantford in perpetuity, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life, and Poet Laureate of Canada Cuba Literary Alliance.  The author of nearly one hundred books, his interest in the War of 1812 began with his search into the namesake of Peacock Point, a cottage community on Lake Erie in what is now Haldimand County.  His interest in history has always been an interest in the forgotten and the maligned.  His book King Joe: the life and times of Joseph Willcocks (now in its second printing) is the result of deep research into this Anglo-Irish gentleman's life from birth to death, and it began when a local historian said to him about Willcocks, "You Know that story?  It's just too complicated to tell."
Admission is free for Museum members or $10 for non-members.
Registration is required as space is limited. Call 905-468-3912 to register.