by John

As our nation observes the bicentennial of the War of 1812, The Genealogy Center is pleased to host a new exhibit: "The War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War." It comes to us by way of Historic Fort Wayne, Inc., the group that manages our local reconstructed 1816-era fort, and it was originally designed by the official bicentennial committee of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The display contains six full-color panels containing photographic reproductions of maps, paintings, and artifacts. Beginning with "The Steps to War," they trace various aspects of the war featuring the above-three branches of service and the role each played in the war. It concludes with a panel about the signing of the Treaty of Ghent and a replica of an early draft of "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key. While Army engagements are noticeably missing and there is little information about the western theater where Fort Wayne played a role, the display is well worth seeing for the paintings, some of which are quite stunning. QR codes on each panel allow users to access additional information, as does the website. Look for the display all this month in the gallery area of the Genealogy Center.