University of Southern Indiana

Third annual War of 1812 symposium is June 30

Third annual War of 1812 symposium is June 30

5/23/2012 | University Communications

USI’s Historic Southern Indiana will host “1812: Harrison Takes Control,” an educational symposium on the War of 1812, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, at Vincennes University′s Indiana Center for Applied Technology. The symposium is the third of four educational symposia on the War of 1812 and its impact on the Indiana Territory, the Midwest, and the nation.

This year’s symposium will focus on the events of 1812, with emphasis on political themes and the militia of Kentucky and Indiana.

Speakers will include Dr. Patrick G. Bottiger, Richard Ferguson, James A. Hendricks, Dr. Lisa Morales, and John Trowbridge.

An assistant professor of history at Florida Gulf Coast University, Dr. Bottiger holds a doctorate degree in American history from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests include American Indian communities of colonial and early national U.S., social construction of race, the Revolutionary Frontier and the Ohio Valley, Prophetstown, and Indiana history.

Ferguson has completed extensive research on the War of 1812 in Indiana, particularly the battle known as Spur's Defeat. He was awarded an official Kentucky colonel for his efforts to locate the battlefield. He is a coauthor of They Were Too Drunk with Firewater and Fear, a historical novel about the events surrounding the battle, with fellow speakers Trowbridge and Hendricks.

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, Hendricks is an instructor at Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Georgia. He has instructed courses on military science, including special topics such as the campaign and political strategy in the Northwest Territory during the War of 1812.

Dr. Morales is assistant dean of instruction at Lone Star College-Tomball. She holds a doctorate degree in history with a secondary field in economics from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include finance in the early national period, the development of banking functions in United States, and the financial history of the War of 1812.

Kentucky National Guard command historian, Trowbridge, is a Vincennes University alumnus and 18-year veteran of the U.S. Army. He has written about important Kentuckians and the Kentucky military's role in major conflicts throughout U.S. history. His work has won awards from the American Association for State and Local History, the Historical Confederation of Kentucky, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Additional information, including a complete agenda, is available online at

Registration is $25 and includes lunch, refreshments, and a registration packet.

To register, contact USI's Division of Outreach and Engagement at 812/464-1989 or 800/467-8600. Registration can also be completed online at /extserv/ssl/regform.asp with course number HSI930.

Historic Southern Indiana, an outreach and engagement project of USI, was created in 1986 to serve the southern 26 counties of Indiana. Its goals are to identify, preserve, protect, enhance, and promote the historical, natural, and recreational resources of the region. It seeks to implement those goals through programs in historic preservation, history education, heritage tourism, community development, and scenic byways. Its office is a part of USI's Division of Outreach and Engagement.



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