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Ohio's own 1812 overture: Tourism officials hope war's anniversary brings business

Tom Jackson • Mar 30, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Although the United States emerged from the War of 1812 with a national anthem, it's become a largely forgotten war over the years.

Rick Finch, director of Fort Meigs State Memorial Park in Perrysburg, thinks more people could become aware of the war's significance as the 200th anniversary of the conflict (1812-15) draws nearer.

"We're hoping that it brings awareness of what happened and why this time period is so important," Finch said.

Historians such as Finch aren't the only officials interested in the looming bicentennial.

The War of 1812 put northern Ohio on the front lines, and tourism officials already are planning how to bring history buffs to the shores of Lake Erie.

"I think it's going to be good for the entire region," said Larry Fletcher, executive director of Lake Erie Shores and Islands West in Ottawa County. "As folks who know about the War of 1812 will tell you, the Battle of Lake Erie was a huge part of it."

Fletcher already has attended a meeting of the Great Lakes War of 1812 Bicentennial Collaborative. The meeting drew officials from Canada and Great Lakes states to Put-in-Bay Oct. 1. A meeting already had taken place in Detroit, and another meeting is scheduled in Buffalo, N.Y.

Read more in Sunday's Register

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