May 1, 2015
OSWEGO - A SUNY Oswego student brought home top prize in the student competition at the Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium for the second consecutive year. Senior Shannon Cilento won the contest with her paper and presentation, "From Rebels to Patriots: Daniel D. Tompkins and the Involvement of Oswego in the War of 1812."
Cilento faced strong competition from graduate students Nicole Bronsted Wagner of the University of North Georgia, whose presentation analyzing the interactions between gender and violence during the war and American identity in early 19th century took second place; and Anastasia Garceau from SUNY Albany, who won third place for her discussion about how the War of 1812 is remembered today.
Each of the candidates received free admission to the symposium, certificates, and gift bags, along with autographed books from the judges, and cash prizes. An international jury of renowned historians decided the winning presentation. They included one of Canada's foremost experts on the War of 1812, Donald Graves from Upper Canada, Ontario; Dr. Donald Hickey from Wayne State College in Nebraska; Dr. Jane Errington from Queen's University and Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario; Dr. Richard Barbuto from the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and competition coordinator Matthew MacVittie from the Seward House Museum, Auburn.
Cilento is a double major in Anthropology and Global and International Studies at SUNY Oswego, with a minor in Museum Studies. She will attend Cornell University in Ithaca this fall to pursue a master's degree in Historic Preservation Planning and is currently working as an intern at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego.
The symposium was sponsored by the Friends of Fort Ontario, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance, Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council, Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, SUNY Oswego Office of Business Relations, IHeartOswego, The Palladium-Times, H. Lee White Marine Museum, Man in the Moon Candies, Oswego County Today, City of Oswego, www.visitoswegony.com, and the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
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