Media Release: Hull House Peace Garden Launch

Posted July 19, 2012


Former U.S. President & Wife to Attend Hull House Peace Garden
Rededication This Sunday

For Immediate Release – July 19, 2012

This Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m., dignitaries and community members will be joined by former U.S.
President James Madison and his wife Dolly at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead Site in
Lancaster, NY for the official rededication of the Hull House 1812 Heritage Peace Garden and
dedication of a new historical marker provided by a grant from The William G. Pomeroy
Foundation. President Madison will be joined by Ebenezer Walden, former Mayor of Buffalo
(1838), in providing brief remarks during that event as to their experiences during the War of
1812, followed by a musket salute from a contingent of soldiers from the 23rd
Regiment U.S. Infantry. The Hull House Peace Garden was inaugurated in August 2011, and is being rededicated as
the 12th of 23 Peace Gardens that make up the new Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail
launched by the Binational Alliance and community partners from across the Southern Great
Lakes as a legacy project for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.

This Peace Garden, designed and created by Master Gardener Cheri Vogel, features local
heritage plants, seasonal flora and two “Carvings for a Cause” of National Weather Service
Founder General Albert Myer and Buffalo Mayor Ebenezer Walden, which were dedicated last

This event is free and open to the public. The formal rededication will take place between 2 and
2:30 p.m. followed by a reception, Hull House tours, self-directed garden and grounds tours,
and the opportunity to meet these historic figures from the past.

Peace Gardens launched to date include Victor, Burt, Sacket’s Harbor, and Youngstown, NY,
Leamington, Grimsby, Tecumseh, Fort Erie, Windsor and Colchester, ON and St. Mary’s, GA.
Eleven more Canadian and U.S. Peace Gardens will be dedicated between August and October
of 2012, with a total of 60 anticipated by the end of 2014. These gardens are made possible
through the generous contributions of community, corporate and foundation partners and

Go to to learn more.
For More Information:

Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail
Arlene White Executive Director Binational Alliance


Hull House Peace Garden
Anne Conable