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Costumed Actors Once Again Take the Field to Reenact Historic Battles

After two years of pandemic-induced inactivity, the War of 1812 erupts anew the first weekend in August when hundreds of historically costumed reenactors take the field to recreate the Siege of Fort Erie. The 210-year old battle, the bloodiest in Canada’s history, was one of a series of skirmishes along the Niagara River at the end of the War of 1812. America hoped that seizing the British fort might lead to the annexation of Upper Canada. Unfortunately, the US advance into Ontario coincided with Britain’s burning of Washington.

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Parks of the 21st Century: Reinvented Landscapes, Reclaimed Territories

Publisher Rizzoli New York | Reviewed by Lauren Nelson

City parks have been around for decades, but the design, purpose, and use of these modern landscapes are evolving. Today, parks are built with the intention to create open public space, combat climate change and attract tourism. Parks are fairly modern inventions that began as garden cemeteries in the mid-19th Century. Monumental municipal cemeteries such as Forest Home in Milwaukee, where the city’s beer barons are buried, and St. Louis’ Calvary Cemetery, where you’ll find the graves of Tennessee Williams, Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman and Dred Scott, were used as much for recreation as remembrance. After the 19th Century industrial revolution led to the growth of cities, the creation of a middle class and the concepts of weekends and leisure time, Americans needed public spaces without grave markers where they could play newly popular games like baseball and football. Today, many industrial “brownfields” once considered contaminated and unredeemable now are regarded as “dynamic green spaces” that benefit the economies of developing communities.

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