March 24, 2016

Contact: Steph Deidrick

War of 1812 Symposium to be held at Arrow Rock State Historic Site April 2-3

The 26th Annual War of 1812 in the West Symposium will be held at Arrow Rock State Historic Site in Arrow Rock. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks and the 1st U.S. Infantry historical organization, the event will begin at 9 a.m. on April 2-3 at the site's visitor center.

Presentations by noted historians will discuss the personalities, military and social conditions of the war and western territories of the period. During the War of 1812, the United States invaded Canada, British troops burned Washington D.C., and Francis Scott Key penned the national anthem. For many Native nations, the war was a last effort to retain their tribal lands. Missouri was the scene of some of the westernmost actions of what was then termed as “America’s Second War for Independence.” The symposium is free and open to the public.

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The Arrow Rock State Historic Site visitor center is located at 39521 Visitor Center Drive, just off MO Highway 41 one-quarter mile south of the town of Arrow Rock. For more information, contact the historic sites at 660-837-3330. Missouri State Parks is supported by the one-tenth of one-percent Parks, Soils and Water Sales Tax, which accounts for approximately 75 percent of the budget to repair, improve and maintain state parks and historic sites. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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