Canada 250: Fort Erie in The 1700s
Join us for this four-part speaker series and reenactment highlighting 18th Century history of Old Fort Erie.
Authors will discuss the soldiers, settlers and Indigenous people surrounding the fort between 1764 and 1800. Enjoy light refreshments as we celebrate the 1764 fort as the first English settlement in Ontario. Doors open at 6:30pm.
MARCH 27, 7PM
Soldiers at Fort Erie 1764 – 1800: What They Wore
Director of Historical Reconstruction Peter Twist breathes life into history. Well known to museum curators and film, television and event producers around the world, he is the single “go-to” for historic projects and an internationally recognized miniature sculptor and painter. Peter is active in the heritage community as a museum board member and event organizer. He hosts workshops, lectures and writes on various subjects and has been instrumental in training and establishing a system of command in North America’s British Napoleonic Re-enactment Community
APRIL 24, 7PM
GAVIN K WATT
The Loyalist Experience on the Niagara Frontier
Gavin Watt, a professional engineer by training, is considered Canada’s top authority on the personal and military experiences of the Loyalists in the American War of Independence. While Americans often refer to the War of 1812 as the Second War of Independence, placing far less importance on 1812 compared to the Founding generation of the United States, Gavin’s writing tells the other side of the American Revolution and keeps this founding history alive in the minds of Canadians. Gavin is also credited with creating some of the first reenacting units in Canada, and he founded the Museum of Applied Military History.
Revisit the Past for Less
Travel to the edge of the Niagara River to the War of 1812 National Historic site, and experience season-long events with the Old Fort Erie Season Pass.
All 4 Speakers · Trivia · Murder Mystery · Ghost Tours · and More!
MAY 15, 7PM
DR. CARL BENN
John Norton & the Indigenous World of the Great Lakes, 1780s-1820s
John Norton, a man of Cherokee and Scottish origins, arrived in the Great Lakes region in the 1780s as a British soldier posted to Fort Niagara. Soon after, John left the army and entered the Indigenous world. He taught school among the Mohawks, traded furs in Ohio, and fought the Americans on the Wabash. Subsequently, he became an adopted Mohawk on the Grand River, served as a Haudenosaunee (or Iroquois) diplomatic chief, and fought in more War of 1812 battles than virtually anyone else. Join Dr. Carl Benn on an illustrated journey of Norton’s—or Teyoninhokarawen’s—life within the dramatic story of the Indigenous Great Lakes.
JUNE 5, 7PM
DR. JOHN TRIGGS
Archaeology at Old Fort Erie
Dr. John Triggs is an associate professor and Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies Chair at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research specialization is the archaeology of the Historic Period in North America, particularly on military, domestic and fur trade sites. Past university research projects include the excavation at the Royal Navy base in Penetanguishene (1991-2000), various military and domestic sites in Bermuda (1988-2013), archaeological and documentary research at the 19th century industrial ghost town of Indiana located on the Grand River (2004-2011), and most recently a multi-disciplinary investigation of Old Fort Erie (2012-2019).
Speaker Series Schedule & Tickets
Purchase tickets below for individual sessions, or take advantage of the Old Fort Erie Season Pass for access to all four speakers, along with admission to Old Fort Erie and all Fort events in the 2019 season.
|Date & Time||Speaker & Topic||Tickets|
|March 27, 7PM||Peter Twist
“Soldiers at Fort Erie 1764 – 1800: What They Wore” - $8.85
|April 24, 7PM||Gavin K Watt
“The Loyalist Experience on the Niagara Frontier” - $8.85
|May 15, 7PM||Dr. Carl Benn
“John Norton & the Indigenous World of the Great Lakes” - $8.85
|June 5, 7PM||Dr. John Triggs
“Archaeology at Old Fort Erie” - $8.85
|Old Fort Erie Season Pass||Receive all 4 Speakers along with all Old Fort Erie events including, Trivia, Murder Mystery, Ghost Tours and more for just - $23.27 (Learn More)||BUY NOW|
Season Pass-holders may call Old Fort Erie to register for this event free of charge: 905.871.0540.