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The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia will screen Flames of War – An 1812 Experience on a 20 by 55-foot brick wall next to the museum on June 8.

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The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia will screen Flames of War – An 1812 Experience on a 20 by 55-foot brick wall next to the museum on June 8. Photo Store

History will be dancing on the the wall outside The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia on Sat., June 8.

A free showing of Flames of War — An 1812 Experience will happen at dusk on the 20 by 55-foot brick wall next to the museum at 3180 Portage Ave.

The museum describes it as three separate synchronized video images creating a "fusion of video, light, music, dance and drama" to showcase the War of 1812.

The 45-minute video production was produced last year for the War of 1812 bicentennial and shown throughout the summer at the Fort George National Historic Site at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Niagara Historical Society Museum and Parks Canada have joined forces to take it on the road this summer.

"This will be the first time (it’s been shown) in Manitoba," said Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia curator Bonita Hunter-Eastwood.

"It’s exciting. It’s exciting to do something outdoors, especially in summer."

The museum will open the doors to its brick 1911 municipal building and 1854 William Brown family Red River frame house at 7 p.m.

Costumed interpreters will present historical theatre to guests throughout the frame house.

Admission, as always, is free, though donations are accepted.

The outdoor video showing will go on "rain or shine," Hunter-Eastwood said.

Viewers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.

A short sample of the video can be found on YouTube with the title ‘Flames of War Teaser.’

For more information, contact the museum at 204-888-8706.

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