Arrow Rock, Mo. --The 2013 Friends of Arrow Rock's 1st Saturday Lecture Series begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, with a presentation on "The Forgotten War: Missouri from 1812-1815" presented by Michael Dickey, administrator of the Arrow Rock State Historic Site and the author of two books on Arrow Rock history and the Missouria Indians.
The lecture will be held at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center.
Few Americans realize that the United States fought a second war with Great Britain that some called "the second war for independence."
During the War of 1812, Washington, D.C., was burned by British troops, the national anthem was penned by Francis Scott Key and Andrew Jackson gained fame in the Battle of New Orleans, a renown that would propel him to the presidency.
Even fewer realize that the territory of Missouri was threatened by British agents and their Native American allies from the Great Lakes area.
American officials such as William Clark countered the threat through military actions and alliances with the tribes on the Missouri River.
Missouri was strategically important as the nation's principal source of lead and furs, both vital commodities at the time.
Dickey will examine the state of the nation and the role played by Missouri in the War of 1812 more commonly referred to in the west as "The Indian War."
Other 1st Saturday lectures and events will include:
--Feb. 2: "An Emancipation Interpretation of Bingham's Civil War painting, Order No. 11" by Joan Stack.
--March 2: "Secret Societies of Arrow Rock," by Alisha Cole.
--April 6: "The History of Missouri Birds," by Missouri River Bird Observatory staff Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke.
--May 4: Village architectural tour to celebrate National Preservation Month, led by Marty Selby.
--June 1: "If Textiles Could Talk" by Jeff Reynolds.
--July 6: "Tom Sawyer" movie showing at 2 p.m. and a tour of Arrow Rock Movie sites.
--Aug. 3: "Common Life of a Civil War Soldier and his Wife" by Dr. and Mrs. Herschel Stroud.
--Nov. 2: "Osage Culture: Then and Now, Native American," speakers to be announced.
The lectures are presented by the Friends of Arrow Rock and the Arrow Rock State Historic Site and supported by an endowment funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and generous donors. They are free and open to the public.