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Welcome to the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission


Welcome to the official web site of the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission was created by the 128th General Assembly through Senate Bill 93. The Bill created Ohio Revised Code 149.32 which gave the Commission its legal status to function and the ability to adopt several roles and purposes including:

  • the study and recommending of activities that this state may carry out to honor Americans who served in Ohio in the War of 1812;
  • educating and raising awareness of residents of Ohio and of the nation about Ohio’s role in the War of 1812;
  • the coordination of international, federal, state, and local War of 1812 Bicentennial activities occurring in Ohio;
  • the seeking of federal grants and philanthropic support for War of 1812 Bicentennial activities;
  • compiling an inventory of existing War of 1812 markers, monuments, museums, and ties in this state.


The Bicentennial Commission for the War of 1812 will provide leadership to the State of Ohio, in partnership with its neighbors, to encourage public programs, commemorations, and scholarship on the War of 1812. By exploring the impact of the War, the Commission will foster a lasting legacy grounded in sound scholarship, thoughtful discussion, and the inclusion of diverse peoples and perspectives.

War of 1812 Research Contest Winners Announced

View War of 1812 Research Contest Winners Announcement by clicking here.

Student Research Contest Awards Ceremony

The Commission will host an Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM in the Statehouse at Broad and High in downtown Columbus. This event is free and open to the public (see attached invitation). Speaker of the Ohio House William Batchelder will participate in the ceremony, the Hilliard Darby High School Symphonic Choir will perform, and the Commission will distribute $10,000 in prizes to the top six students from among the 326 contest entrants. We will remember the Ohioans who served in the War of 1812 with a moment of silence.

Commission Launches Research Contest

With the generous support of Medical Mutual of Ohio, the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is sponsoring a research contest for Ohio students aged 13-18 featuring $10,000 in cash prizes. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2014. Click here for complete details.

Dr. Skaggs Author of the Year:

Congratulations to Dr. David Curtis Skaggs, professor emeritus of Bowling Green State University, for being named Naval History magazine’s 2013 Author of the Year. Dr. Skaggs received this award for his outstanding article “More Important Than Perry’s Victory,” an analysis and comparison the battles of Lake Erie and Lake Champlain. It appeared in Naval History’s October issue, which featured a package of articles about the War of 1812 on the northern lakes. Dr. Skaggs will be honored for his contribution to the magazine at the Naval Institute’s 2014 Annual Meeting, on April 16 at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. The award-winning article can be read at http://www.usni.org/magazines/navalhistory/2013-09/more-important-perrys-victory.