Cemetery Appreciation Month

General Society of the War of 1812  In The State Of Iowa President Mike Rowley joined with members of the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) at the signing of the Proclamation to declare May as “Cemetery Appreciation Month” by Iowa Governor and United States Ambassador to China nominee Terry Branstad.

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President Rowley (far left in the photos) shared with the Governor the fact that members of the Iowa Society have documented nearly 900 veterans of the War of 1812 that are buried in the State of Iowa.

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Photos by Chance McElhaney

Musket Fire

Each year members of the Iowa Military Heritage Society meet in the southern part of the state to hone their skills live firing weapons of all era’s.  A few Iowa Society of the War of 1812 members also belong to the Iowa Military Heritage Society.

Iowa Society of the War of 1912 Past President Louie Zenti

Iowa Society of the War of 1812 Past President Louie Zenti

Members qualified with a flint lock weapon of the Revolutionary War era as well as muskets from the Civil War era at both 50 and 100 yards.

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After the formal morning session attendees had the opportunity for training and practice with the M1 Garand rifle of WWII era.

Iowa Military Heritage Society

Iowa Military Heritage Society

Iowa Military Heritage Society members pictured above: (back row) Jim Braden, Dave Sample, Richard Grim, David Lamb, Ron Rittel, (front row) Jeff Rassmussen, Louie Zenti, Mike Rowley.

 

2014-2016 Iowa Society President Elected

Congratulations to Mike Rowley and Tim Rowley!

Mike was elected President of the Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa at the Fall Meeting held in Des Moines this past weekend.  In addition, Tim was elected Vice-President. They shall serve the 2014-2016 term.

Other officers remained the same:

  • Secretary/Treasurer – Mike Rowley
  • Registrar – Mike Rowley
  • Historian – Ron Rittel
  • Chaplain – Ron Sharp
  • Chancellor – Lance Ehmcke

Fall Meeting Information

The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa will be having a joint meeting with the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Location:
Bennigan’s Restaurant
Holiday Inn and Suites
4800 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, Iowa

Time:
The meeting will begin with lunch at 11:30 am.

Lunch will be ordered off the menu. In order to prepare for enough seating, please R.S.V.P. Volney Smith by Wednesday, October 15th, if possible. See contact information in the letter below (click letter for larger image).

SAR and GSW 1812 Iowa Fall meeting

 

Notice of Upcoming Joint Meeting

The Society of the War of 1812 in the State of Iowa will be having a joint meeting with the Iowa Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on Saturday, October 18, 2014. More details to follow.

At that time the Society will be having an election for officers.

2013 Annual Meeting (Iowa)

The GS of the War of 1812 in Iowa will be having our Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Iowa Sons of the American Revolution once again.

Date: Saturday June 15, 2013
Time: 1:30-3:00
Where: Urbandale Public Library (Meeting Room B)

Address:
Urbandale Public Library
3520 86th St.
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

New Newsletter is Posted

The most recent newsletter for the Iowa Society, The Federalist, is now posted. Here’s a link:

The Federalist (Volume 1, Issue 2)

In it you will find short articles about War of 1812 event logos, a recap of the recent Salisbury House History Series program attended by several society members, two War of 1812 ships lying at the bottom of Lake Ontario, and an ancestor profile of Private Thomas Triggs.

History Series at Salisbury House

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, a lecture about a recent War of 1812 book will be given at the Salisbury House.

Event Details (from the Salisbury House website):

Join us for a lecture presented by one of today’s most compelling authors. Pulitzer Prize winner, Alan Taylor, will speak about his recent book, The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels and Indian Allies.

The doors open at 6:45 pm for a wine reception, and the lecture begins at 7:30 pm.

The History Series at Salisbury House is made possible through the generous support of Harry Bookey, Pamela Bass-Bookey and Fred and Charlotte Hubbell.  Accommodations provided by the Butler House on Grand.

*Note that there is a $10 ticket fee.  You may register online at the link above.