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(23 June, 2012)



Media Advisory


Militia Museum Hosts War Of

1812 Symposium



       In commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey will host a War of 1812 symposium from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Sunday June 24.


       “The War of 1812 has been called one of America's ‘forgotten wars,'” said 1st Lt. Vincent Solomeno, museum curator and Command Historian of the New Jersey National Guard. “The intent of the symposium is to offer the public an opportunity to hear from subject matter experts and educate young and old alike about our state's contribution to the conflict.”


       Joseph Bilby, the museum's assistant curator, will kick off the symposium with a lecture outlining the causes of the war and the Garden State's military response. Robert Silverman, a museum trustee and archivist, will offer a presentation on naval engagements, “The Forgotten War at the Jersey Shore.” In addition, James Madden, historian, will present “ Paulus Hook: New Jersey's War of 1812 Headquarters,” while Solomeno will discuss the influence of politics and the role of the New Jersey's War of 1812 governors. Docents will also conduct a scavenger hunt and education program for K-8 students.


       In June 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain.  Battles raged throughout the continent for more than two years before peace was negotiated.


       Since 1980, the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey presents the role of the New Jersey Militia and the National Guard within the context of the larger history of the state.  Collections include original and reproduction uniforms, weapons, photographs, artifacts and art from the period of Dutch, Swedish and British colonization through the War for Independence, Civil War and World Wars I and II to the present day, with particular attention paid to the diversity of the New Jersey citizen soldier and his or her experience.


       Admission is free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit the museum's web site at or call (732) 974-5966.

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