Brock, partners launch War of 1812 project website

The Campaign for a Bold New Brock

Brock, partners launch War of 1812 project website

Feb. 17, 2010

Tomorrow, Brock University’s Special Collections and Archives, James A. Gibson Library, and local heritage and educational groups will launch the website for the 1812 Online Digitization Project —

Thursday, Feb. 18; 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Niagara Historical Society & Museum
43 Castlereagh Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.

More than 1,000 items have been digitized and 22,000 images have been compiled as part of the Brock-led project, which wraps up at the end of March. Representatives from Brock, Niagara heritage and educational organizations and local government will be at the launch.

The 1812 project aims to provide a snapshot of the time period in an effort to give a wide-ranging overview of the daily social, economic and political lives of Upper Canada inhabitants as well as the details of the war itself. Items like newspapers, business ledgers, letters, clothing, household objects and articles from the war are included on the site.

Project partners include: the Department of Canadian Heritage; Brock University, Special Collections and Archives, James A. Gibson Library; the Niagara Historical Society and Museum; Niagara Falls Museums, which includes the Lundy's Lane Historical Museum; the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum; the Grimsby Museum; the Jordan Historical Museum; the RiverBrink Art Museum; Our Ontario; and the District School Board of Niagara. The local heritage museums are members of the Museums of Niagara Association who has supported this project.

Brock applied for funding to oversee the project in partnership with eight other cultural groups from Niagara and Ontario in October 2008. In June 2009, the University received financial support of more than $55,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Strategy to ensure the success of this project.

The total value of the project is more $100,000 including the Canadian Heritage funding and in-kind contributions of the other partners.

Brock hired two local digitization assistants to oversee the digitization of materials at the University and other museums in the region and uploading the information and images to the website. A Brock student was also hired to help create the project’s website. A teacher from the District School Board of Niagara was employed to create curriculum based lesson plans and activities highlighting the digitized materials.