Ocean County Library Celebrates 200th Anniversary of War of 1812

Ocean County Library Toms River branch (101 Washington Street) hosts the National Museum of the United States Navy’s “War of 1812: A Nation Forged by War” now through August.

The exhibit commemorates the 200-year anniversary of the War of 1812, highlighting the roles of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in bringing Great Britain to the negotiating table and forcing European recognition of a truly independent United States.

“The Navy played an essential role in preserving the strategic status quo that led to an unconditional peace with Britain in December 1814,” said Edward Furgol, curator of the National Museum of the United States Navy.

This display shares the stories of heroic naval crews battling on the oceans and the Great Lakes, as well as the contributions of sailors in land battles from Canada to Louisiana. It is enhanced for visitors with smart phones, and additional content is available by scanning the QR code on each panel.

The museum also has created the website http://www.ourflagwasstillthere.org which features resources and information about the War of 1812.

After August, the exhibit will appear at other Ocean County Library branches. Organizations interested in hosting the exhibit through 2015 can contact Karla Ivarson at (732) 349-6200 extension 5122.

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