The time has come to celebrate 200 years of peace with FREE commemorative events all summer!
June 15 – 17 Visit Fort York for a weekend of dance, poetry, storytelling and live music. After dusk, explore the 200 illuminated tents of The Encampment.
“The Encampment is an innovative exhibit that shatters expectations for outdoor art.” - The Fulcrum
A unique form of archaeology turns a historic site into sculpture on a grand scale, vividly evoking the War of 1812’s personal toll. Conceived as a “temporal village” marking the bicentennial of the war of 1812, The Encampment comprises 200 A-frame tents pitched on the grounds of Fort York, which fell to U.S. forces during the war. Each tent contains an installation by one of 100 artistic collaborators who have created a visual representation of an aspect of the war’s civilian history, gleaned from research into real-life stories of family, love, loss, survival, patriotism, collaboration and betrayal.
Algoma 1812 Official War of 1812 Bicentennial Kick-off Event
July 17th-22nd, 2012,
Fort St. Joseph & Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Sites,Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
Algoma 1812 is looking for re-enactors, artisans, entertainers, historical displays, musicians, merchants, etc., to join them from July 17th to July 22nd, 2012 to help launch Algoma 1812’s kick off for the War of 1812 Bicentennial. Activities will begin at Fort St. Joseph Historic Site on St. Joseph Island commemorating the coming together of nations in capturing the American stronghold of Fort Mackinaw. Activities and events will then continue at Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site in partnership with the Rotary Club of Sault Ste Marie who will be hosting a Heritage Block in conjunction with for their summer festival. The City of Sault Ste. Marie will also be celebrating its 100th year being incorporated.
Algoma 1812 is looking for participants to be part of this historic event and are specifically looking for the following:
British & American Military Units, Individuals & Encampments Fife and Drum Groups
Period Musicians, Performers and Singers Period Demonstrators, Artisans, Entertainers, Period Merchants & Blanket Traders, Native, Voyageur, Militia Units, Individuals & Encampments, Artillery Crews and Cannons/Artillery Encampments, Long Boat Crews and Boats with Cannons/Naval EncampmentsVoyageur Canoes & Crew Military Tattoos