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WHAT: Historic Weekend at Put-in-Bay
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, September 7-9
WHERE: Various locations on Put-in-Bay
Celebrate the Battle of Lake Erie with a series of activities that showcase the United States and honor the soldiers who died for our freedom.
The annual Historic Weekend at Put-in-Bay will be taking place from Friday, September 7 to Sunday, September 9 at Put-in-Bay at various locations throughout the island. The weekend will consist of a variety of activities hosted by a series of organizations.
"It is the 199th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, so we are celebrating with history, music and art," said Maggie Beckford, executive director of the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Bureau. "We have had peace between the United States, Canada and Great Britain for 199 years, so we feel that is a great reason to celebrate."
The Battle of Lake Erie took place during the War of 1812 and was only 35 years after the American Revolution. Nine United States vessels defeated Great Britainís Royal Navy, which ensured the United States maintained control of Lake Erie and resulted in the recovery of Detroit by Great Britain.
"The Battle of Lake Erie had a significant impact on Americaís independence," Beckford said. "We want to honor that by hosting events like a concert in the park, an old fashion baseball game, a military re-enactment and a variety of other activities."
There will also be musket and cannon firing demonstrations, an art show in the park that features regional artists, a parade, a pioneer camp where merchandise will be sold and tall ships that can be viewed by local enthusiasts.
"I believe that in order to get to know yourself you must know where you come from," Beckford said. "We all should learn not just about our immediate roots, but about our country's roots. What better way to do that than to come for the weekend and take a trip back in time and see what life was like during the 1800's."
For a complete list of activities that will be going on during Historic Weekend at Put-in-Bay, visit www.visitputinbay.com.