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Monday April 16th, 2012

Posted at 1:00pm

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Today, Jeff Watson, M.P. for Essex presented a check at Windsor’s Community Museum from the Government of Canada to help the region commemorate the Capture of Detroit in 1812, a pivotal confrontation early in the War of 1812.

Susan Easterbrook, Chair of the Board of Directors of the WindsorEssex Community Foundation and Councillor Ron Jones accepted the check for $139,300, a grant from Canadian Heritage to defray part of the costs of the event.

“The City of Windsor has been working with local cultural groups to develop this event,” said Cathy Masterson, Manager of Culture, City of Windsor.

“We are very grateful that the Government of Canada has recognized the role this area played during the War of 1812. As a border community we have many stories to tell, and this grant will allow them to be heard.”

The signature event will feature local artists, musicians, heritage groups and writers. It will honor the Capture of Detroit by the British under the leadership of General Isaac Brock with the support of their Native allies, led by Chief Tecumseh. Details on the Capture of Detroit event are still being finalized.

The free family event will take place at the Festival Plaza on August 25th.

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