Education was a very big component to the bicentennial.
The Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council is proud to be involved with a project that partners both Niagara school boards. Still under development, the District School Board of Niagara, the Niagara Catholic District School Board, local historic sites and museums, and the Legacy Council are joining to bring the “Passport Niagara: A Journey Through the War of 1812″ to over 30,000 students in Niagara.
Based on the Legacy Council’s bicentennial map, the passport will be issued to students in grades 3 to 8, starting in 2012 to 2014. The “Passport” will feature historic sites, people and events related to the War of 1812, and students will receive a stamp on the corresponding page, when they visit participating sites to learn about the topics, throughout the Niagara Region. Class trips are also being planned, to implement the passport. This project also involves community partners, like the local museums, parks, heritage groups and alike. The passport will also correspond with newly updated War of 1812 curriculum that is being developed.
WNED / PBS in Buffalo and Toronto produced a phenomenal two-hour documentary on the War of 1812. It was first aired on October 10, 2011, and received great reviews. The piece featured interviews from historical experts in Niagara among others.
Along with the film, WNED also released an educator’s guide and tool kits. Numerous resources were made available for free to educators. The Legacy Council even hosted a training session with educators from Niagara, WNY and the Hamilton area, in the Fall of 2012.