Friday, 15 June 2012

LAURA SECORD: A heroine forgotten in her lifetime

War of 1812: Bicentennial Celebration

Laura Secord was taken by native scouts to tell her news to British soldiers on June 22, 1813. Image from Canadian Military Heritage Gateway website.

Laura Secord is our most celebrated heroine. But after the war, people of Upper Canada paid little attention to the heroic act of this Loyalist woman who lived in virtual obscurity, struggling to make financial ends meet. In 1860, the Prince of Wales learned of Laura’s wartime heroism and gave a gift of 100 pounds. It was her first public recognition. But it would be nearly a century until a monument was raised to pay tribute to this brave woman. 

Discover more about Laura Secord at the Exceptional Women exhibit at the Goulbourn Museum on Sunday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration has something for all ages, including historical re-enactors and presentations, War of 1812-themed crafts, new exhibitions and even an old-fashioned photo booth.

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