The Roslyn Landmark Society will continue its monthly lecture series with a presentation by noted historian, Alfred C. Ronzoni on the legacy of the War of 1812 and the creation of New York as the "Empire State."
The lecture will take place at 7:45pm on Wednesday, April 23rd at the Atria of Roslyn on 99 Landing Road.
The lecture is free to the public and includes a dessert reception afterwards.
The War of 1812 has been referred to as America's "forgotten war."
But it was, in fact, the pivotal event in establishing the young United States as an independent nation, here to stay. Victories at the battles of Plattsburgh, Lake Erie, Baltimore and New Orleans gave Americans a new sense of confidence, pride and patriotism.
This and the absence of another major war for the next thirty years gave rise to a remarkable period of economic, political, social and technological transformation much of which was spearheaded in the State of New York. This lecture will explore this legacy of the War of 1812 in the creation of New York as the "Empire State."
Ronzoni received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Boston College and his Master's degree, also in History, from the C.W. Post Campus, graduating from both institutions with honors. He is a past president and board member of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, a regular lecturer and co-creator of the Society's monthly History Roundtable program.
He has also worked as a freelance reporter and local history columnist for the Western Queens Gazette.