Fort Ontario curator Jenny Emmons will present “Of Anthems and Attitudes,” a program of 1812 period music and commentary, at Fort Ontario Wednesday, May 28.
The program begins at 7 p.m. in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks.
Emmons was a featured performer at the New York State Path through History Showcase at Grand Central Station on May 14 and created “Of Anthems and Attitudes” for the New York state showcase event.
Through music, poetry and commentary, Emmons interprets the similar experiences of women and civilian populations on both sides of the War of 1812, despite their loyalty to their respective “anthems.”
The program includes Great Britain’s anthem, “God Save the King;” “Hail Columbia,” the de facto national anthem of the young United States; “The Star Spangled Banner,” and portions of the poem “The Adieu; To the Author’s Husband on His Joining the Army as a Volunteer,” which first appeared in The Ontario Messenger published in Canandaigua, NY sometime between 1812 and 1814.
Emmons has worked for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Fort Ontario State Historic Site for nearly a dozen years as office manager and curator.
A self-taught artist, seamstress and graphic designer, her work can be seen throughout the fort in the development and curation of exhibits, the care and creation of the fort’s multi-era collection of reproduction uniforms, and the design and production of all manner graphic ephemera.
She has a bachelor of arts degree in English with a Museum Studies Minor from SUNY Oswego.
For more information, visit www.fortontario.com.