Way Public Library will hold several events to mark the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812.
The war began on June 18, 1812. On June 18, the library will join in the state-wide observance of this date. Across the state of Ohio, bells will be rung at noon marking the occasion. Way Library’s ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m.
At an outdoor ceremony at the library’s flag pole, the historic Exchange Hotel will be rung and a special flag will be raised. A short description of the war and its beginning will be provided. Free hot dogs and soft drinks will be served.
On June 20, at 7 p.m. Perrysburg native son Douglas Brinkley, prominent historian and author, will speak about the significance of the War of 1812 and the role of northwest Ohio in that conflict. He will also talk about his new biography of Walter Cronkite and will sell and sign copies of the book after the event.
On June 24, at 4 p.m. the library will host a Fort Meigs Cemetery Walk featuring re-enactors at the gravesites of War of 1812 veterans. Meet at the cemetery. Refreshments will be provided.