OGDENSBURG -- Louise Bixby of South Colton and Lynette Lundy-Beck of Carthage have been selected for a bursary to attend the War of 1812 Heritage Talks.
Bixby and Lundy-Beck wrote the winning submissions on the importance of the War of 1812 for promoting tourism.
"The War of 1812 provides a common theme connecting communities across the northern border of New York State. It offers potential for developing a heritage-theme trail from Lake Champlain to Lake Erie," wrote Bixby.
"This theme also offers opportunities for trans-border tourism, with links to Canadian War of 1812 sites and observances, and promotion to the Canadian heritage tourism market," she said.
They each won $100 each to attend the talks at the Freight House Restaurant April 26-27.
The Fort La Présentation Association created the annual bursary to honor the memory of Teresa Mitchell, former president and CEO of the Seaway Trail Corporation and of the Seaway Trail Foundation.
"Teresa was an unfaltering supporter of history-based tourism along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, who dedicated her career to New York State’s tourism industry," said Barbara O’Keefe, president of the Fort La Présentation Association.
"The award in her name reflects how much Teresa understood the important link between history and tourism," said O’Keefe.
The talks will include eight seminars by American and Canadian speakers on battles, militia, regulars, religion, women, Native allies, privateers and the navy.
For more information visit www.fort1749.org.