Posts Tagged ‘War of 1812’

Sec. Kluttz welcomes guests to the "The War of 1812 and the Backcountry" symposium

Sec. Kluttz welcomes guests to the “The War of 1812 and the Backcountry” symposium

Did you know that the War of 1812 didn’t actually end until 1814? Cultural Resources Sec. Susan Kluttz was one of about 100 folks intrigued with this and other myths of the War of 1812 from Dr. Donald Hickey, the nation’s foremost expert on the conflict.

The talk was part of a larger symposium on what is often called America’s “Forgotten War” that was held at the Rowan Museum in Salisbury. Organized by DCR’s Office of Archives and History in cooperation with the N. C. Literary and Historical Society, the N.C. Humanities Council and the N.C. Society of the Daughters of the War of 1812, the symposium also featured lectures by Cawtawba College’s Dr. Gary Freeze and  Howard Kittell, superintendent of Andrew Jackson’s Nashville home. It calumniated in the Rowan Museum’s annual Colonial Spring Frolic.

Some of the other topics covered in the symposium included an overview of Andrew Jackson’s presidency and the role of some Rowan County residents in the War of 1812.

Video of some of the symposium is available online. The event was part of North Carolina’s commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

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Dolley Madison

All this month we’re bringing you stories from North Carolina women’s history. Check back here each week day for a new tidbit on the women of our state’s past.

In an era when male soldiers and politicians usually dominated, Dolley Madison, First Lady of the United States and Washington socialite, exemplified the dutiful wife and tactful hostess who achieved with charm what her husband accomplished with command. Born Dolley Payne in 1768 in Guilford County, her family moved to Virginia and later to Philadelphia.

Widowed young Madison met senator and future president James Madison through mutual acquaintance Aaron Burr in 1794. The couple married less than a year later. While Madison served as Secretary of State for the widowed Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison became the unofficial “first lady,” hosting events for politicians and international guests. The 1809 inauguration of her husband, therefore, made for an easy transition to the role of the president’s wife.

She emerged from the War of 1812 a heroine of American history, deftly rescuing several official documents and a portrait of George Washington from a White House the British had set alight. As a socialite and hostess, Madison knew all of the first 11 presidents on a first-name basis.  A lifelong patron of the arts and sciences, she promoted social progress into the middle of the 19th century.

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