Friday, September 16, 2016

Battles and museum featured on OhioPodcast.com!

Listen to Museum Director Nancy Knapke on OhioPodcast.com! Thank you OhioPodcast for the opportunity and promoting Fort Recovery history!
Part 1: St. Clair's Campaign
Part 2: Battle of Fort Recovery; Museum Tour

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 3:00 - "Tippecanoe, 1811; The Prophet's Battle", Author John Winkler

For 16 years after the Greenville Treaty, there was peace, but in 1811 the settlers in the Ohio territory numbered nearly 250,000. War appeared to be coming again to the North West. Plan to attend this presentation and hear John explain the dramatic build up to the conflict as 'The Prophet' and his brother Tecumseh rallied the tribes to drive back the American settlers once again! Mark your calendars now - Sunday, September 25. Tippecanoe, 1811 books available at the museum.

All presentations will be held in the Museum Meeting Room, 1 Fort Site Street, Fort Recovery, Oh, 45846. Attendance for each presentation is free, and the public is welcome

Annual One-Of-A-Kind Auction - October 16, 2016 (link included to auction items)

Annual One-Of-A-Kind Auction - Up, Up, And Away! 
Sunday, October 16, 5:00 pm, Fort Recovery Elementary/Middle School
You can see the auction items here!  Check back often as new items will be added as they come in.

Check the sheets below for some of the featured items at this year's auction. In addition to the live and silent auction items, there are several special raffle items including a $1200 necklace from Jones Jewelry; an iPad Mini 2 from Ivan Kaffenberger; and a 22 Ruger Rifle from Tom and Judge Mary Pat Zitter.
 
Tickets for the auction ($10) or for the necklace are available in Fort Recovery at Kaups Pharmacy, Fort Recovery Insurance, and all of the banks. Or just come that night and pick up tickets at the door!
 
Come enjoy a fun night with others who like to have a good time and support the historical sites at the same time! Tom and Tess Kaup of Forget-Me-Not florists and artistically talented Pat Hull are in charge of the decorations again this year. What a great scene and ambience they create for that night. Up, Up and Away!!!





Saturday, November 5, 9:00-4:00 - Wabash 1791 Symposium

Registration Form now available! Registration deadline October 1.  Registration limited to 40 attendees.



Mural Updates!

A Mural Update from Museum Director Nancy Knapke's August Newsletter.
1. The Jubilee Mural - Complete! Committee is pleased! Lots of great comments!
Thanks Tom Sanderell!
2. The Postage Stamp Murals - Artist, Dan Keyes is working on the background above/around!
Thanks Anonymous Donor - you know who you are!
3. The Welcome Mural - Completed! By local talent - Angi Clark. Great Greeting for Visitors! Bruce Scott of Fort Electric will soon be getting night-light on it.
Thanks First Financial for making that illumination possible! Thanks Ed Kaiser Family (Bob, Peg, Jerry, Chuck) for funding mural materials and artist.
4. The Battle Murals - Dan Keyes' next mural project - on the side of Second National Bank. Project will be the focus late summer/this fall as weather allows! This one is a big, big project, so don't expect completion until 2017. Quality work takes quality time! 
Thank you Second National for the wonderful "new" wall and to Tom Sanderell again for funding!





Saturday, August 6, 2016

Monument Renovation!

Renovation work started on the monument in mid August 2016 with bids accepted and actual work starting in late August.  It is expected that the work will be completed by mid October 2016.
 
Update from October 2016 Museum Newsletter:
The monument restoration is nearly complete and will be all set for another 100 years. Thanks to Beth McFarlane from OHC who has been to Fort Recovery at least every other week to track progress and solve/answer questions. The drainage system is the object of repair at the moment. Lighting the monument was one of the original objectives but the money allocated from the Ohio budget may not be sufficient for the entire cost, so it could not be done. We are looking at the possibility of our museum budget "helping out" with that. It sure would be nice to get it ALL done while the renovation project is underway. And for years our local historical society has talked about the asset of "lighting" the monument. How beautiful would that be at night. And an honor for those soldiers who gave their lives!
 
Update from September 2016 Museum Newsletter:
Brian Brothers Painting and Restoration of Piqua was awarded $125,639 for the monument repair project which includes fixing cracks and replacing chips, fixing drainage issues and cleaning this beautiful memorial. The restoration also will fix the wear and tear issues from the freezing and thawing that have taken place over the last 103 years. Drainage problems will be addressed that may have caused some of the interior problems. Interestingly, the burial of the soldiers’ remains in a crypt in the base of the monument caused some early-on issues. Special equipment, including radar, had to be used to certify the exact location of the remains before drilling and drainage issues could be addressed. Imagine that! After 225 years, the effects of that battle still impact our actions! Thanks to Beth McFarlane of OHC for overseeing the decision-making and doing the on-site observations. Mid October is the target finish date! In the meantime, visitors can still enjoy its beauty and significance.


 
The monument was inspected in October 2015 with a 105 foot boom and an internal camera in preparation for renovation. The extensive investigation resulted in more work than initially expected and the renovation has been postponed to 2016 after the Quasquibicentennial Celebration. The Ohio History Connection has set aside $125,000 in capital improvement funds for this project. Read more about it in this Daily Standard article from February 27, 2015.
 
For photos of the original monument construction, see this Photo Collection and Comments from James Wagner.

Photo by Mark Pummell, The Daily Standard

 
Fort Recovery Monument Park In 1908, President William Howard Taft signed a bill that allowed for the building of a monument in Fort Recovery. The monument was built in 1912 and dedicated on July 1, 1913. The obelisk stands at 101', 4" tall. It weighs approximately 800 tons and cost $23,700 to build. The nine foot statue depicts a frontiersman facing west and looking out at the beautiful land into which he triumphed. Underneath the base of the monument are the remains of those people killed under the commands of Arthur St. Clair and Anthony Wayne. 32 medallions surround the base of the monument, each inscribed with the name of an officer killed in battle here. Four bronze plaques also surround the base of the monument. Each Memorial Day weekend, over 900 crosses are placed in Monument Park in remembrance of the fallen soldiers. The park is located at the corner of OH-49 and OH-119.

Click below for various media coverage of the Monument 100th Anniversary Re-dedication in May 2013.

Photo Collection and Comments of James Wagner
 
News Release - 4/23/13
 

These Prezis were created at Fort Recovery Local Schools, in the 7th Grade Tech Citizenship class taught by District Technology Facilitator and Teacher, Cindy Moorman.These three Prezis by Will, Samantha, and Bridget were chosen among the best of the many done by the students.
 




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Saturday, July 9 - St. Clair Run/Walk, Mercer Health 5K Challenge

The St. Clair 5K Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, July 9th at 8:30 AM. We'd love the community to join us! The race starts at the Fort Recovery State Museum with the blast of the cannon. The 3.1 mile course goes past the new mural, Monument Park and through the community. After the race participants get fruit, yogurt and water and then door prizes are drawn and awards are given at the amphitheater. There age group awards and 5 medals in the 14 and under age group! Cost is $20 for shirt/race combo, $12 pre-register for race only and $10 for kids 10 and under with no shirt. Race day cost is $15. Shirts are available by pre-order only so get your registration in early if you'd like a St. Clair 5K shirt. You can download a registration form here www.mercerhealth5kchallenge.com or online registration is here:  www.runsignup.com ; We hope to see YOU at the starting line on July 9th!