7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
History writer J. Dennis Robinson takes an irreverent bicentennial look at America's "Forgotten War" and its killer impact on the Piscataqua region. This illustrated lecture also tells the story of the $3 million tall ship LYNX, built in Maine and registered in Portsmouth, NH.
When was the War of 1812? (That's a trick question.) If you don't recall America's "Forgotten War" with England -- you're not alone. Two hundred years ago, with only 17-armed ships, a brash young United States declared war on the world’s largest navy (with 700 ships). Then we invaded Canada. That didn’t work. In retaliation the British burned Washington, DC. So how come we think we won? This lecture will be held Thursday evening, September 22, starting at 7:30 pm. Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program will be held at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street, and the public is invited. Refreshments will be served by volunteers.
J. Dennis Robinson has published over 1,000 articles on New Hampshire-area history and culture. His books for young readers include biographies of Jesse James and Lord Baltimore and "Striking Back", a study of child labor protests. His hardcover histories of Strawbery Banke Museum and historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel both received honors from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH).
His newest book AMERICA'S PRIVATEER focuses on privateering and the War of 1812. Robinson is also editor of SeacoastNH.com, a Web site about local history and culture that attracts thousands of visitors daily, and he writes two history columns for the Portsmouth Herald. His lectures are designed to make history both entertaining and accessible to all audiences.