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For Immediate Release January 10, 2014 For more information, contact Romondo Locke, Publications Specialist Detroit Public Library 5201 Woodward Avenue , Detroit, MI 48202 (o) 313-481-1344 (f) 313-481-1481 www.detroitpubliclibrary.org firstname.lastname@example.org "1812- Star Spangled Nation" Exhibit to visit Detroit Public Library Opening on Friday, January 25, 2014 the "1812: Star-Spangled Banner Nation" exhibit is presented by the Detroit Public Library with support from the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. The traveling exhibit of 25 original oil paintings was created by the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) to help commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The paintings, reflecting nautical scenes from the War of 1812, were created by contemporary artists who are members of ASMA. Following the January 24, 2014 opening, the exhibit will be open free to the public through Saturday, March 1, 2014. An Opening Program is set for 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, in the Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue. Detroit, MI 48202. A free lecture, "Mackinac in the War of 1812" will take place in the exhibit area prior to the opening program. Phil Porter, Director of Mackinac State Historic Parks, will explain why Mackinac Island was a critical location and a center of conflict throughout\t the War. Porter serves as chairman of the Michigan 1812 Commission. A series of free public lectures on "War of 1812" themes will be offered at the Detroit Public Library while the exhibit is on display. Each lecture will be held at 2 p.m. every Saturday during the exhibit, from January 25 through March 1, 2014. Additional details will be posted at www.michigan.gov/war1812 after January 1, 2014. The 2 p.m. lecture schedule features: Sat., Jan. 25Phil Porter"Mackinac in the War of 1812" Sat., Feb. 1 Jim McConnell"Detroit in the War of 1812" Sat.,Feb. 8 Eric Hemenway"Native Americans in the War of 1812" Sat., Feb. 15 Ralph Naveaux"Battles of the River Raisin" Sat., Feb. 22 Jim Spurr"The Story of 'Friends Good Will'" Sat., March 1Brian Dunnigan"The American Attack on Mackinac, 1814" Lodging is available at a special rate of $129/night plus tax at the Inn On Ferry Street, located a short walk from the Detroit Public Library. The Inn on Ferry Street also is close to the Detroit Institute of Art , the Detroit Historical Museum and other Cultural Center institutions. A free shuttle servicer is available within three miles of the Inn. To make your "1812" reservation, contact Stephanie Chapman at 313.871.6000 For more on the Inn on Ferry Street, visit www.theinnonferrystreet.com The exhibit locations include Buffalo (Fall 2013); DETROIT; Connecticut River Museum (April-June 2014); Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (July-Sept. 2014); Star-Spangled Flag House Museum, & Baltimore (October to December 2014). The Detroit Public Library provides the opportunity to change your life through open and equitable access to quality services, programming and technologies. We take the time to build the resumes of children and others by enhancing their literary, educational and interactive experiences. We help to change, enhance, and empower others. However, at our core, we simply provide hope for one to better him/herself and the necessary tools to capitalize on it. Our desire is to be recognized as a strong, relevant, sustainable and exciting library system for Detroit, as we truly believe, "it takes a strong public to build a strong library" For more information, visit http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/ The governor-appointed Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is charged with encouraging, planning and developing activities, events, programs, observances and services appropriate to commemorate Michigan's role in the War of 1812. More information, including a complete list of War of 1812 bicentennial events, can be found at www.michigan.gov/war1812 Founded in 1978, he American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA) is a non-profit educational organization. ASMA's purpose is to recognize and promote marine art and maritime history, and to encourage cooperation among artists, historians, academics, enthusiasts and others engaged in activities relating to marine art and maritime history. Widely respected by museums, galleries, naval maritime associations as well as devoted maritime art collectors, the American Society of Marine Artists advances its educational mission through Regional and National Exhibitions hosted by museums across the country and by publishing related exhibition catalogs as well as a quarterly, ASMA News and Journal. The Society welcomes all to membership who are interested in America's rich maritime heritage. For more information, visit http://americansocietyofmarineartists.com/ --