RALEIGH – On Monday, Oct. 17, Carol Canales, president of the North Carolina Society of the National Society, United Daughters of 1812, presented a $1,000 check to the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The donation is to support an upcoming symposium focuses on North Carolina’s role in the War of 1812.
The symposium will be on June 29, 2012 at the Department of Cultural Resources’ N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort and will concentrate on the naval war. Organized by the Office of Archives and History, the family oriented program will include tours, a new exhibit, a cruise, a trip to the Tryon Palace History Center, and more.
“On behalf of the North Carolina Society, we are honored and excited to support this program,” said Canales, who personally gave another $500 donation on top of the organization’s. “We are even more excited about this planned program, the beginning of a three year series of events highlighting North Carolina’s efforts during this historic war.”
Accepting the donations was Cultural Resources Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Crow, who observed, “The War of 1812 is a little remembered and little understood war. We are most grateful for the society’s generous assistance that will allow the department to more effectively raise the public’s awareness and understanding of this war that happened 200 years ago.”
In the War of 1812, the United States fought against Great Britain for control and to protect new states and territories beyond the Appalachian Mountains. North Carolina was on the edges of the war, but when a British naval expedition landed in Ocracoke and Portsmouth in 1813, about 7,000 men were enrolled for the militia. The following year, President James Madison asked North Carolina to commit 7,000 more troops for the war effort.
Other North Carolina ties include Dolley Madison, who was born in Guilford County. As First Lady, she heroically saved a portrait of George Washington before the British burned down the presidential home. Andrew Jackson, who practiced law in Salisbury, was the hero of the1815 Battle of New Orleans.
About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.