Harper Government Invests in War of 1812 Exhibit in St. Catharines

ST. CATHARINES, January 25, 2013 - Today, Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament (St. Catharines), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced support for Brock University to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. 

Funding will support the creation of a War of 1812 exhibit in the St. Catharines Museum from late summer 2013 to December 2014, which will include historical arts and artifacts, interactive elements, hands-on interpretive displays and guides to bring the story to life and assist visitors in their understanding of the significance of the War. An anticipated 250,000 visitors are expected to view this display.

“We are pleased to support an interactive exhibit that will help students and residents of St. Catharines increase their knowledge of this pivotal moment in our shared history,” said Mr. Dykstra. “This is an opportunity to showcase our heroes’ legacies and the war’s significance.”

“Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians,” said Minister Moore. “On the road to Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, let us celebrate all the things that make Canada the united, strong and free country we are today.”

“We are thankful for this funding, which will enable us to partner with the City of St. Catharines to bring to life the rich history of the War of 1812 and its lasting impact on our community,” said Brock President, Jack Lightstone. “It is also an opportunity for us to showcase the skills of our talented archivists and researchers, whose work will help to animate this interactive exhibit.”

Opened in 1964, Brock University is named for Maj.-General Sir Isaac Brock, who died at nearby Queenston Heights in the War of 1812. His last words—“Surgite! Push on!”—have become the university’s motto. The university is a federally incorporated, charitable, educational institution operating in St. Catharines, Ontario.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $90,000 to Brock University through Canadian Heritage’s 1812 Commemoration Fund. The Fund supports community-based projects to foster greater awareness and understanding of the importance of this conflict.

Visit 1812.gc.ca to learn more about the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.