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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.

Kentucky Solider Monument Dedication

On May 3 - 5, War of 1812 re-enactors from the U.S. and Canada commemorated the 200th Anniversary of the First Siege of Fort Meigs by recreating authentic military camps and tactical demonstrations from 1813. The weekend fell on the bicentennial of the bloodiest day of fighting at Fort Meigs. Kentucky Solider Monument Dedication, May 4th, 2013 During the bicentennial celebration at Ft. Meigs. Perrysburg, Ohio

KY Memorial Monument Dedication
Front row: Brigadier General Father Patrick Dolan and Glenda Greenwood (President, Ohio Historical Society Board of Trustees)
Back row: Dennis Moore (Public Affairs Officer, Canadian Consulate), Chris Konik (Ohio Department of Commerce), Rick Finch (Site Director, Ft. Meigs), Ken Lucas (Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs) and Bob Latta (U.S. Congress)

KY Soldier Memorial
Inscribed on the monument: “This monument is dedicated in honor of the brave men from Kentucky who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812 and in memory of those Kentuckians killed and missing in action during the first siege.”

War of 1812 Research Contest Winners Announced

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

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.