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Speaker Biography: Gene Allen Smith 

Gene Allen Smith is a professor of history and director of the Center for Texas Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. The author of numerous books, he is the curator of History at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Smith has received research awards from TCU and Montana State University-Billings, as well as fellowships from the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Virginia Historical Society, the US Department of the Navy, the US Military Academy at West Point, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Known as an outstanding speaker, he has received teaching awards from TCU and Montana State University Billings, and has given talks at the Smithsonian Institution; Thomas Jefferson's Monticello; the Historic New Orleans Collection; the Mus�e de la Civilisation, Qu�bec City, Canada; and at a host of universities in the United States and abroad.  
The Flagship Niagara League Board of Directors

Jim Scheider- President
Ali Scarpitti- Vice President
Bob Harkins- Secretary
Tim Goldsmith- Treasurer
Ross Aresco
Claudia Bankert
Pat Federici
Gary Johnson
Mark Louis
Deborah Masi
Carol Nicotra
Donald Richwine
Linda Stevenson

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Erie Maritime Museum Lecture Series

Mural by Martyl Schweig, entitled, "Cyrus Tiffany in the Battle of Lake Erie, September 13, 1813," located, originally, at the Recorder of Deeds building, built in 1943. 515 D St., NW, Washington, D.C.
African Americans and the War of 1812
Presented by Gene Allen Smith


Orientation Theater  

February 17  

6:30 pm


During the War of 1812, black men accounted for between 15%-20% of enlisted men on all ships and all stations in the United States Navy. Historian Gene Allen Smith will talk about the experiences of African Americans during the War of 1812 and the choice of many faced between joining the U.S. Navy or the British.   


The event is free and open to the public.  


RSVP to Andrew at 814.452.2744 ext 225 or outreach@flagshipniagara.org

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The Flagship Niagara League is a 501 (C) 3, non-profit educational associate organization of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), chartered to facilitate citizen participation and operation of the U.S. Brig Niagara and its homeport, Erie Maritime Museum.