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August 15, 2012

No fight to keep Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend fresh and fun


“Often, the question that people ask is what are you going to do new this year?’” VanCour said as he praised the dinner’s entertainment,

including Stan Ransom as “the Connecticut Peddler” and the local band Too Big for the Corner.

Reservations for the dinner are required by Aug. 24. Reservations can be made by calling the Battle of Plattsburgh Museum at 566-1814. Tickets are between $25 and $30.


Activities will continue over the next few days as the British invasion moves south.

“The British didn’t airlift in,” VanCour said of the initial March from the Canadian border toward Plattsburgh. “Each year, we try to expand

to more towns, and this year, the Town of Chazy will be included for the first time.”

The British troops will camp at the Scott House on Route 9 in Chazy on Saturday, Sept. 1. That was the site of British Commander Gen. Prevost’s temporary headquarters.

Towne Meeting, a local band that plays folk, country and acoustic rock, will play at Chazy Central Rural School at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1.


Several historic lectures will be offered, including a new presentation from Donald Papson on African-Americans and the Battle of Plattsburgh, set for 2 p.m. Sept. 1 at the War of 1812 Museum on the Old Base campus.

“This is a cross-cultural event,” Booth said of the commemoration. “It’s important that we discuss a group of people who are

not always mentioned in the grand sum of things but who played an important role,”

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor will discuss his book “The Civil War of 1812” during a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at E. Glenn Glitz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall at Plattsburgh State. Th

e event is co-sponsored by the New York Archives Partnership Trust and Plattsburgh State.


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