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March 10, 2004
Historic Fort York to lead third annual Battle School for Re-enactors
  
On April 17 and 18, Fort York will offer the third annual Battle School
weekend, a symposium for re-enactors wishing to hone their skills in
preparation for the summer military re-enactment events. Re-enactors entertain
crowds all across Canada and the United States by recreating historically
significant events that pay tribute to Canada's exciting history.

Re-enactors come from various backgrounds; some are military enthusiasts,
others are museum professionals. All of them look to Fort York as a suitable
venue to share expertise in 19th-century technology and well researched facts
about the War of 1812 era, from the exacting details of the various uniforms to
the movements of battalions during each campaign.

Program leaders at Fort York are experienced in the historically correct and
safe use of black powder weapons during staged military battles. In fact, the
Battle School came about because it was realized at the fort that there was a
need for standards to be set and training to be available to re-enactors who
study wars and battles from any era.

Saturday's classes will focus on infantry drill and tactics. The classes on
Sunday will focus on artillery, with a special feature occurring in the
morning, when a number of different types of cannon from various historic
periods will be fired. The public is welcome to come to the fort on Sunday
between 11:30 and noon to witness this display. The guns being used include a
War of 1812 era six-pounder and mortar from Fort York's collection, an 1860s
U.S. Civil War field gun, an original World War One 18 pounder and a World War
Two 25 pounder. Soldiers in appropriate era uniforms will fire these impressive
weapons.

Battle School fees are $5 for Saturday, $15 for the weekend. A special course
will be added this year, an afternoon campaign cooking workshop in the fort's
historic officers' mess.

For the public, regular admission applies: Adults: $5; Seniors & Youths: $3.25;
Children: $3; Children five years and under are free. Guided tours of the fort
will be offered Sunday afternoon.

Historic Fort York is located at the end of Garrison Road, off Fleet Street,
between Bathurst Street and Strachan Avenue. For further information call
416-392-6907, ext. 224.

Media contact:
Jo Ann Pynn, Historic Fort York, 416-392-6907,
ext. 222



 

 

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