Cannon and Musket Volunteers Wanted at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
Contact: Eva Morris, 419-285-2184
Contact: Sue Judis, 419-285-2184
Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial is looking for highly-dedicated volunteers (ages 16+) to assist NPS staff in operating the park's carronade (cannon) and musket firing demonstrations.
"This is an excellent way for community members to get involved in a hands-on manner. Participants will have an opportunity to understand what it may have been like for Perry's gunners operating a carronade at the Battle of Lake Erie, or for General W.H. Harrison's soldiers fighting at the Battle of the Thames," said Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial Superintendent Blanca Alvarez Stransky.
The War of 1812 Bicentennial is attracting a lot of attention in northern Ohio, so many civic and social groups are turning to the National Park Service for help at their events.
"Safety is a paramount concern for the NPS," added Stransky. "So a great amount of time is spent on drilling, and learning how to move safely and efficiently in a confined environment. It is not much different than what the soldiers and sailors experienced in 1813."
Perry's Victory staff will train the new recruits and issue a period uniform to those that complete the training and are ready, willing, and able to volunteer their services throughout the summer.
Carronade crew members can attend one of two sessions. Session One will take place May 19 and 20 and Session Two occurs on June 1 and 2, see below for times. Training for the musket firing requires a minimum of 24 hours and participants need only attend one of the two sessions listed below. To sign-up please call the park secretary, Eva Marie Morris. For additional information about the training or requirements, please contact Chief of Interpretation, Sue Judis.
Did You Know?
The phrase emblazoned on Perry’s flag, “Dont give up the ship” were not Perry’s words, but the dying utterance of U.S. Captain James Lawrence. Lawrence, a good friend of Perry, was killed commanding the U.S.S. Chesapeake in an action with the British ship H.M.S. Shannon on June 1, 1813.