St. Louis County Parks announces a new exhibit, the War of 1812, at the General Daniel Bissell House Museum. Often referred to as the second American Revolution, two hundred years ago on June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on the British Empire. Reasons were many and included trade restrictions, British impressment of American merchant sailors and support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, and humiliations on the high seas. This was the first time that the United States had declared war on another country.
Now you can view an exhibit on the oft forgotten conflict at the Bissell House Museum and get a tour of this magnificent old house. The exhibit includes descriptive panels from the Museum of the U.S. Navy, General Daniel Bissell artifacts, including the field desk that he used during the war, and prints from the Company of Military Historians.
The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday or you can schedule a visit any other day by calling (314) 544-6224 or (3124) 544-5714. Cost for the exhibit and tour is $5 per person. Children under 12 are free.