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War of 1812: Chesapeake’s Forgotten War


March 17, 2011
Press Release #11-059

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In recognition of the approaching bicentennial of the War of 1812, this year’s Chaney Visiting Scholar Public Lecture at St. Mary’s College of Maryland will describe what the war meant to Marylanders and its impact on the Chesapeake Bay region. Author David Healey’s lecture, “1812 in the Maryland Imagination: A star-spangled exploration,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at Auerbach Auditorium of St. Mary’s Hall. Copies of his book, 1812: Rediscovering Chesapeake Bay's Forgotten War, will be for sale at the book-signing after the lecture.

Healey, an English professor at Cecil College, has written about the people of the Chesapeake Bay for a number of publications, including authoring three Civil War novels and two nonfiction books. “While it can be difficult to make a connection with those who lived and fought so long ago,” said Healey, “we will explore how imagination can play a role in understanding what our “Second War of Independence” meant to Marylanders of the era.”

St. Mary's College of Maryland, designated the Maryland state honors college in 1992, is ranked one of the best public liberal arts schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. More than 2,000 students attend the college, nestled on the St. Mary's River in Southern Maryland.