2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stephenson. Throughout the year, the Fort Stephenson Bicentennial Commission in
partnership with the City of Fremont, The Sandusky County Chamber Foundation, Fremont City Schools, The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center and the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau will be hosting a series of Awareness Events that will culminate in a grand festival August 2, 3 & 4 at the site where the Battle of Fort Stephenson took place. The Fort Stephenson Bicentennial Commission is proud to present Wayne State College Professor and renowned 1812 author Donald R. Hickey on Friday, April 5, at the Hayes Presidential Center for an Evening of Wine and War. Don Hickey is an award-winning author and a professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by the New Yorker, Don has written seven books and nearly a hundred articles on the War of 1812. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Bicentennial edition, 2012) and Don't Give Up the Ship! Myths of the War of 1812 (2006). Don also serves as series editor for John Hopkins Books on the War of 1812 and manages an e-mail list for those interested in the war. The April 5th event is part of a series Don will be presenting in the Toledo, Maumee, Fremont area during the week of April 1. Sponsors to bring this event include the Hayes Presidential Center, Fort Stephenson Bicentennial Commission, Fort Meigs and First Energy. Don will be presenting Ten Things You Should Know about the War of 1812 in the West (But Probably Don’t) during the evening event which will include appetizers, a chance to visit the War of 1812 Exhibit at the Hayes Presidential Center Museum and a meet and greet with Don prior to the event. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and Don will begin his presentation promptly at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the April 5 event are $10 each and include the appetizer bar. A cash wine bar featuring Ohio wines will be available as well. For event and ticket information, contact the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 419-332-4470 or the Strand Theater at 419-355-8548. Seating for this event is limited.