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John W. Percy to present about the War of 1812 in Western New York

The North Tonawanda History Museum will host Town of Tonawanda Historian, John W. Percy, as he presents a program on the War of 1812 in Western New York at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Percy is an ex-officio trustee and advisory committee member of the history museum. The program will be part of an all day open house in celebration of the history museum's 10th anniversary. The public is invited to tour the 10,000 square feet of exhibits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The originally scheduled program on the War of 1812 by Robert Arnold will not take place due to a physical injury suffered by Arnold, making it impossible for him to appear.

John W. Percy: historian of the Town of Tonawanda for 40 years; former Village of Kenmore Historian for 12 years; trustee/member/officer of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society for 40 years; retired history teacher in the City of Tonawanda School District, where he worked for 35 years; and author of numerous historical publications.

He has served on the history museum's advisory committee since Oct. 9, 2003, and as an ex-officio trustee since Sept. 2011. He has presented a number of programs in the past for the history museum and has proofed some of its publications.

Executive Director Donna Zellner Neal often tells people of Percy's comment when she called him in October 2003 to inform him that a board of trustees had formed to create the North Tonawanda History Museum, inviting him to serve as an advisory committee member. Percy responded, "It's about time. North Tonawanda has such a rich and unique history and no one has ever done anything with it.” Neal says it is only fitting that John Percy be the program presented at the history museum's 10th anniversary celebration.


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