A special War of 1812 lecture was held at the G.A.R. Hall on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00pm. Presenter Sharon Myers spoke about Summit County’s involvement in the war, including the controversies surrounding the location of Camp Wadsworth and whether or not gunboats built in Summit County were used in the Battle of Lake Erie. Also included was a brief video about the Battle of Lake Erie and Commodore Perry.
Sharon Myers is a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School and the University of Akron with a BS in Business Education whose interest has turned to local history. She is the Organizing President of the William Wetmore Chapter Daughters of 1812 as well as the State Registrar and Junior and Flora Adams Darling Daughter State Chairman.
Two years ago, in preparation for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, Sharon set out to find, photograph and research all the veterans of the War of 1812 buried in Summit County – all 365! The Wetmore Chapter recently received a grant from Summit Co. to purchase grave stones for the remaining 59 veterans whose graves are unmarked. In 2012 they worked with the Summit Co. Veterans Commission to have flag holders made for all of these veterans that said “War of 1812” so that everyone will know that a soldier is buried in that grave. These were distributed before Memorial Day 2012.
Sharon also wrote a monthly guest column for Record Publishing newspapers during 2012 on the War of 1812 in Summit County and these can all be found on the Daughters of 1812 – Wetmore Chapter website.