The Treaty of Ghent was signed in the city at the old Carthusian monastery of Meerhem on 24th December 1814. The treaty put a formal end to the state of war that had existed between Great Britain and the United States of America since 1812.
Joris DE ZUTTER of the City of Ghent has written a concise survey of the history of the Treaty of Ghent in 64 pages. He originally started with the idea that it could be a companion for a specific tour through the city where all the buildings would be visited which have played a role in this historical event. This bias could not be hold as these buildings were rather far apart and would ask a serious walking effort of the visitor. At the same time the original leaflet format evoluated to a small book, with articles that are not too long and pleasantly written and do include the tourmap with which it originally started.For sale at the tourist city store and any bookstore.
ISBN: 978 94 9161 408 8
Vzw Treaty of Ghent develops, organizes and promotes several projects and events, in the cultural sphere as well as in the tourist sector but particularly in the field of education. The first initiatives have already been achieved and our action will gradually expand to reach a culmination in 2014-2015. We want to actively involve young students in the commemoration of ‘200 years Treaty of Ghent’ by encouraging activities but also by supporting real contact between interested local schools and educational establishments in the other countries involved namely the USA, the United Kingdom and Canada. The focus at this commemoration is on PEACE, a theme that deserves our attention and that of young people more than ever.From the beginning a number of schools in Ghent felt called to participate. The Saint Barbara college, The Ghent Institute, the Saint Bavo Humaniora and the PANTA RHEI atheneum from Gentbrugge are starting to crystallize their ideas into concrete plans. Not only do they want to make contact with American, British and Canadian schools but they also want to create and exchange video recordings, applications and virtual guided tours or organize an ‘American week’ or a ‘British happening’. Others schools are preparing project days with sport demonstrations, culinary surprises, facebook records, theatrical performances, quiz competitions and many more original events. Still others dream of an international flash mob or a comic about the Treaty of Ghent. Even schools in other cities like Oudenaarde and Deinze share in the enthusiasm.
Members of school management, teaching staff and students who do not wish to miss this Peace boat can NOW contact
JP De Smet
09 222 1776 - 0471 643610