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February 2016

People who were at the 2012 SAVE Conference in Orlando Florida will remember a keynote about renovations to the White House in Washington, DC. What they may also remember was that as part of the renovations there were certain burn marks on the exterior that had to be preserved.  Did you know that those burn marks have a connection to Niagara?

During the War of 1812 American forces occupied territory for a time on both sides of the Niagara River, during a retreat late in 1813 American forces burned the village of Newark (now part of Niagara-on-the-Lake), this led to burning of other villages in the area by both sides over the following months. Ultimately this culminated in a group of British soldiers and Niagara militia heading south to burn the White House in August of 1814. Luckily this was the culmination of these escalating tactics between the two sides and the war ended only a few months later. In the end General McClure who had initially ordered the burning of Newark was relieved of his command and dismissed from the US Army.

You can learn more about the war of 1812 and the burning of Niagara during your visit to the 2016 SAVE/VA Canada conference in Niagara Falls – but please leave your matches at home…
 
Register now for the 2016 Conference.