Friday, October 19 - 2:15 to 3:30pm
Adrienne Horne, Regional Project Manager, Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance; Mike Baker, Curator, Elgin County Museum
GET ON ROUTE 1812 with the Western Corridor War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance (WCA). Provincial regional Project Manager, Adrienne Horne, will discuss how museums and the tourism sector have partnered to create a memorable and lasting visitor experience about the War of 1812 in Southern Ontario. Route 1812 is an historic driving trail that involves mobile apps, geocaching and site visits as travelers take in all there is to offer during the War of 1812 Bicentennial and for years to come. Route 1812 is a legacy project designed to guide visitors' throughout Southern Ontario to all the relevant sites during the War of 1812-1814. Museums' role in thi8s project is to be consent holders of these tourism packages and destinations. the role of the WCA is to help merge the interest of the Tourism industry with the material and unique experiences offered by the museums. Museums are encouraged to tell their own locally story about how their people and area were impacted by the war. Making note to commemorate the loss of life and sacrifice during the we and at the same time to celebrate the successful defense of our homes and the rise of nationhood as Canadians. Business and community groups are also encouraged to get involved in the commemoration of this Bicentennial.. Community projects, such as the Ontario Barn Quilt Trail, tell 1812 stories and get the entire community involved in the process. Canadian Art is being collected for merchandising; and books, wines and even ice cream have been produced under the 1812 banner.