An electronic version of the Great Room exhibit THE WAR OF 1812: A BICENTENNIAL EXHIBITION, on display at the William L. Clements Library February 27, 2012 – June 1, 2012

Curated by Brian Leigh Dunnigan



The War of 1812 has sometimes been called a forgotten conflict, one that resolved none of the issues that brought it about. This second confrontation between the United States and Great Britain did, in fact, have a considerable influence on the future development of the country as well as its relations with Canada, Native Americans, and Europe. The bicentennial of the war of 1812 begins this year. To mark the events of 1812-1814, the Clements Library presents an exhibition drawing on the rich array of primary sources about this conflict found in its collections.


The curator wishes to thank Julie Fremuth for exhibit design and installation; Clayton Lewis, Diana Sykes, and Austin Thomason for photography; Terese Austin for proofreading; and Kari Tant for putting it all together electronically.