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The public is invited to a talk by Don Hickey on “Forgotten Conflict:  Why the War of 1812 Matters Today,” on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m. at Pebble Hill.

The War of 1812 is all but forgotten today, and yet it left a lasting imprint on the Atlantic world. It shaped Canada and the United States and determined how Great Britain related to those nations for the rest of the nineteenth century and beyond. Its impact on the United States was especially profound. It shaped the political, military, territorial and cultural landscape of the new nation for at least a generation, and some of its effects can still be seen today. The War of 1812 may have been a small war, but given its legacy, it deserves a higher profile in our public memory. 

Don Hickey is an award-winning author and professor of history at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by the New Yorker, he has written eleven books and more than a hundred articles, mainly on the War of 1812 and its causes. He is best known for The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict (Bicentennial edition, 2012). He also serves as series editor for Johns Hopkins Books on the War of 1812. For promoting public interest in the war, Don received the USS Constitution Museum’s Samuel Eliot Morison Award in 2013.

The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments. The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill is located at 101 S. Debardeleben St., Auburn.

For more information on the program, call 844-4903 or visit