Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 3:00 - Professor Tim Willig, "Restoring the Chain of Friendship"

Restoring the Chain of Friendship; British Policy and the Indians of the Great Lakes, 1783-1815 is a fascinating book and therefore promises to be an interesting and informative presentation when the author speaks at the museum on Sunday, July 30. As I read the book, I found that it helped me understand the Ameican/Native relationships better by looking at it through the perspective of the British/Native alliances (chains of friendship.)

Books will be available at the museum, and Dr. Willig will be happy to personalize them.
The presentation will be held in the Community Room at 3:00.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Recent Donations to the Fort Recovery Historical Society

Thank you for these interesting and valuable donations!

Old Fort Recovery Equity "print blocks" - from Mary Lou McDaniels

1900 Mercer County Atlas - donated by Bonnie Seiser of Celina in honor of her maternal grandparents John & Ella Lauber of St. Henry and paternal grandparents Phil & Elizabeth Gardner of Fort Recovery.

1800's Framed picture of City Drug Store, Fort Recovery - donated by Mr./Mrs. Craig Alig. It came by way of Mrs. Alig's cousin in California. It belonged to her aunt, Sue Renger. 

Old postcards, 1908 Graduation Ceremony Booklet, Bank Book of Sam Golden – given by Rose Golden King, Celina for her grandmother, Josephine Gaerke Golden originally of Fort Recovery.

A box of Harold Ranly's glass negatives of old Fort Recovery - recently donated by his son, John Ranly (FR) by way of his brother, Mike Ranly of Manchester, Ohio.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sunday June 25, 3:00 - Presentation by Andy Hite, Site Manager of Johnston Farms (Piqua)

The second presentation of the 2017 Summer Speaker Series is scheduled for Sunday, June 25 at 3:00. Andy Hite, Site Manager of Johnston Farms will present: "Will the Real John Johnston Please Stand Up, The Role of Indian Agents".  Presentation is open to the public and free of charge.

July 22 - St. Clair 5K Run/Walk!

Sign up for The St. Clair 5K Run scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd at 8:30am! Download a form at, or go to and register online. A fort cannon blast will launch the race, and all runners will be off to enjoy old and new sites throughout Ft. Recovery. Pre-registered costs: $20 with race shirt, $12 without; $10 for 10 and under - no shirt. Race day sign-up is $15. Registration begins at 7:15am on the porch of the museum! We offer....Chip timing! Age Group Awards! Food and Drinks at Finish! Door Prizes!

Sign Up Here!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jubilee Pie Contest and Auction!! Friday, June 16

A pie contest highlights the Fort Recovery Jubilee on Friday, June 16th at 8:00. Enjoy baking one or more of your favorite pies: fruit, crème, or any type specialty pie. Bring the pies to the registration stand next to the headquarters by 7:30 that evening. All pies will be judged and a $25 prize awarded to the best pie in each category. After the contest all pies will be auctioned off. Proceeds go to the Fort Recovery Historical Society for two benches in Krenning Park where new murals are being painted this summer. Call Helen at 419-375-2308 for more information.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Sunday May 7, 12:00-5:00, Opening Sunday Event, "Come Sit A Spell"!

Come to the Fort Recovery Museum on its Opening Sunday, May 7 to peruse some really interesting old articles and collections belonging to the Fort Recovery Historical Society. "Come Sit a Spell"!

Among the items on display and available for hands-on examination are old diaries, yearbooks, sports memorabilia, a civil war newspaper and artifacts, a tamburitza etc.

A tamburitza is a musical instrument that is a cross between a guitar and a banjo and is native to Croatia, but was manufactured in Fort Recovery in the 1940's!

The civil war newspaper is a newspaper of the South. It is a perfect example of the extreme poverty of the south at that time of the war as the paper is printed on old wallpaper, so visitors can read an actual report from that desperate wartime on the front and see the wallpaper on the back of this precious artifact, donated by a descendent of the Lipps family, an old, old historic family of Fort Recovery.

Archaeologist, Chris Thompson will be present to display and explain military artifacts that have been recovered from the fort and battlefield area.

Tables and chairs will be set up, so visitors can peruse to their heart’s content!

Come Sit a Spell with Chris, Kathy Thobe and other representatives of the historical society and museum. Free