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Ohio in the War of 1812

Northwest Ohio had a pivotal role in the War of 1812. Col. George Croghan's victory at the Battle of Fort Stephenson was an example.During the War of 1812, the Ohio Frontier played a pivotal role as the United States struggled against Great Britain for control of the Great Lakes. Through the holdings of the Hayes Presidential Center and the Lou Schultz Collection, this exclusive exhibit explores America’s early defeats and its eventual victories at Fort Meigs, Fort Stephenson, on Lake Erie, and at the Thames.

The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier, examines the crucial battles and strategic importance of the “Ohio Frontier.” The exhibit opened February 13, 2013 and continues through October 7, 2013. It is made possible through major funding from the Sidney Frohman Foundation.

The War of 1812 on the Ohio Frontier provides visual insights into the war’s battles fought on the “Ohio Frontier” - areas bordering Lake Erie now part of Ohio, Michigan, and Canada. Through use of a timeline, the story of the War of 1812 is told chronologically highlighting such battles as Hull’s Surrender (Detroit), River Raisin (Monroe, MI), Fort Meigs (Perrysburg), Fort Stephenson (Fremont), the Battle of Lake Erie, and the Battle of Thames (Canada).

A June 2 lecture is planned in conjunction with the exhibition. Lou Schultz, whose personal collection is the foundation of the exhibit and who serves on the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee, speaks about Ohio's significance during the war. The free event begins at 2 p.m. in the Hayes Museum auditorium.