1814 Commemoration Inc.
PO Box 2549
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Established February 7, 2020

Mission of 1814 Commemoration, Inc.: “To plan and produce a commemorative event which includes many different activities that enhance the awareness and knowledge of the historical significance of the British military invasion of the Champlain Valley in 1814 and the ensuing American naval victory which directly influenced the signing of the Treaty of Ghent and the end of The War of 1812."  

Background

1814 Commemoration Inc., a 501(c) 3 not for profit corporation, was created by a dedicated group of long time Battle of Plattsburgh volunteers. In early December the volunteers were notified by the City of Plattsburgh that the City would no longer be able to present the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration.

Not wanting the historic significance of the annual commemoration to be lost, 1814 Commemoration Inc.was formed. The new organization will be able to raise the funds needed for the continuation of the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration and other events in the Plattsburgh and surrounding areas.

The nonprofit designation will allow greater latitude in fund raising and sponsorship procurement thereby enhancing the ability of the volunteer group to present the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration this year and for many years to come.

About Our Logo

For more than 200 years, the United States has enjoyed close alliances with Canada and the United Kingdom. Often, that reality stands in stark contrast with the historical realities of our bitter fight for independence during the Revolutionary War and our second fight for independence during the War of 1812. Yet, we have long remembered the Battle of Plattsburgh together, cementing our friendship through shared memories. As we pay tribute to the Canadian and British soldiers who lost their lives fighting here during our commemoration ceremonies, we celebrate our ongoing alliance and our mutual past through this joining together of our flags in this logo.

Disclosure Policy

1814 Commemoration Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Executive Committee

Tom Donahue – President
Tom is retired after working 30+ years as a Drafting Instructor for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Involved in the Battle of Plattsburgh as a volunteer since 2014.

Tim Horn - Vice President
Tim is a retired U.S. Navy Program Director after a 38 year civilian career. He's also retired from the USAF and Air National Guard after serving for 32 years. He has been involved with the Battle of Plattsburgh as a volunteer since 2015.

Vicki Giroux- Vice-President

Chris Ransom – Secretary
Chris retired after 33 years as Hospital Librarian at UVM Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital. She has been involved with husband, Stan Ransom in the Battle of Plattsburgh since 2000 providing historic games for children from the 1800s.

Forrest Edwards – Treasurer
Forrest is currently employed at Alexander Edwards & Company CPAs, P.C. accounting firm. He has been on the Board of Directors of 1814 Commemoration Inc. since 2019.

2022 Committees and Assignments

Committees

1) Executive Committee-Tom Donahue, Chris Ransom, Forrest Edwards,Vicki Giroux & Tim Horn 

2) Finance - Forrest Edwards 

3) Marketing & Media (Print & Social Media) - Mary Simmer and Tim Horn

4) Development (Fund Raising, grants, sponsorships, donations, in kind donations & direct monetary donations)

Members- Tim Horn, Forrest Edwards, Lana Putnam, Tom Donahue, Chris Ransom

Advisors- Kit Booth, Gary Vancour, Linda Ward

5) Building and Grounds (Inventory)-Chris Ransom, Linda Ward

6) BOP Commemoration - All Board members and Advisors

7) Website Committee - T. Donahue, L.Ward, B.Carlin

8) Public/Community Relations Committee –

Chair- Lana Putnam

Members- Rich Frost

9)-Advertising & Promotion - Design 
All advertising (posters, brochures, tickets, buttons etc.)  
Committee person to work with printers and professional designers

BOP COMMEMORATION SUBCOMMITTEES

CEREMONY COORDINATION

Chair- Mary Simmers

Members-Tim Horn, Judy Lefebvre

HISTORY & EDUCATION

Chair- Charles Loscalzo

Members- Rich Frost, Mary Simmers, Lana Putnam, Vince Puliafico 

Advisor: Anastasia Pratt

VOLUNTEERS

Chair- Diane Kwarta

Members- Richard Daly. Tim Horn, Jim Guinness

PARADE

Chair- Vicky Giroux

ENTERTAINMENT

Chair- Wendy Gilchrist

BOP COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS 2022

* 1814 Board Members

*Sharon Bell- Kent Delord House

*Kristin Collins – Children’s Old Time Village Fair

McKenzie Delisle - Social Media

Geri Favreau- CCHA

*Jim Guinness- Volunteers

*Tim Horn – Riverside Cemetery/Volunteers

Diane Kwarta- Volunteers

Helen Nerska- CCHA

*Judy Lefebvre- Old Post Cemetery

*Charles Loscalzo- Champlain Centre Mall

Steve McDonald- Volunteers

*PJ Miller- Reenactors

Bruce Moore- Trinity Church

*Lana Putnam- Public Relations/ Marketing

Vince Puliafico- Historian

John Rock- Reenactors/ Crab Island/Advisor

Craig Russell- Reenactors/ Advisor

Madison Spear- Graphic Design

2022 Board Meeting Minutes

March 2 - February 2 -

2022 Notes from Battle of Plattsburgh Committee Meetings

March 16 

2021 Board Meeting Minutes
January 8 -  January 28 - February 11 -  February 25 - October 14 - November 3 

2021 Notes from Battle of Plattsburgh Committee Meetings

January 14 - March 18April 1 - April 22 - May 20 - June 24 - July 8 - July 22 - August 5 - August 12  - August 19 - August 26  - September 3 - September 30