Border Crossings: The Detroit River Region in the War of 1812

Wayne State history Professor Denver Brunsman will focus on Detroit’s tumultuous experience during the War of 1812 at the Rochester Hills Public Library on Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

In August 1812, General William Hull surrendered Detroit to the British under General Isaac Brock. For more than a year, until September 1813, Detroit remained in the hands of the British.

Although historians have long debated General Hull’s conduct during war, they have ignored the conflict’s consequences on the inhabitants of the Detroit River Region. In 2012, Professor Brunsman and his students are partnering with the Detroit Historical Society in a community history project—Detroit 1812/2012—to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

The project aims to uncover the interactions and experiences of diverse groups on both sides of the Detroit River, including Native Americans, African Americans, British subjects, French settlers, and American citizens. During his lecture, Professor Brunsman will share the initial findings of Detroit 1812/2012.

Registration is required and open to those with a Rochester Hills Public library card. To register go to the Events Calendar at or call 248-656-2900. The Rochester Hills Public Library is located in downtown Rochester two blocks east of Main Street off of University Drive on Olde Towne Road. For more information, please call 248-650-7124.

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