Saturday, March 24, 2012

Parler Fort returns at Toronto's Fort York

The lively Parler Fort speakers series at Fort York in Toronto returns Monday March 26th: "Battlefield Toronto." Here's their announcement:: 
If Toronto were invaded today, as Toronto was in April 1813, what would you do? Join a volunteer resistance movement? Stand aside to let the professional soldiers do their job? Accept there's no possibility of defeating numerically superior invaders? Or protest the war in a non-violent way? In 1812-14, our predecessors faced those same options.
 As Toronto prepares to commemorate this turning point in our history, join historians RICHARD FELTOE, author of Redcoated Ploughboys: The Volunteer Battalion of Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada 1813-1815 (Dundurn, 2012) and SANDY ANTAL, author of A Wampum Denied: Proctor's War of 1812 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2nd edition 2011) as they discuss the roles played by volunteer Upper Canadians, First Nations allies, and the regular British army in defending Toronto and Upper Canada in the War of 1812. A discussion with audience members will follow.  Admission:  $10  ($8.85 + HST)   FREE for students                                                             
R.S.V.P. to 416-392-6907 ext. 221 or Blue Barracks. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7.Complimentary Refreshments provided by Fort York Volunteer Historic Cooks
Presented in partnership with The Friends of Fort York, For more Twitter @fortyork 
Parler Fort is a series of themed discussions that examines the impacts of past events on our lives today. Featuring novelists, historians, artists and city planners among others, each session explores a topic in a way that sparks dialogue and provides insight into issues that matter today. Fort York National Historic Site is an apt setting in which to enrich our understanding of our city and fortify our connections with one another.
They also announce there will be other, non-military topics in April and May, and some big War of 1812 bicentennial kickoff events starting in June.
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