Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sunday, Sept 24, 3:00 pm - Mary Stockwell Presentation "The Other Trails Tears: The Removal of the Ohio Indians"

In the Museum community room. Presentation is free.

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was the culmination of the United States’ policy to force native populations to relocate west of the Mississippi River. The most well-known episode in the eviction of American Indians in the East was the notorious "Trail of Tears" along which Southeastern Indians were driven from their homes in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi to reservations in present-day Oklahoma. But the struggle in the South was part of a wider story that reaches back across time to the closing months of the War of 1812, back through many states – most notably Ohio – and into the lives of so many tribes, including the Delaware, Seneca, Shawnee, Ottawa, and Wyandot (Huron). They, too, were forced to depart from their homes in the old Ohio Country to Kansas and Oklahoma.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sunday, Aug 27, 3:00 pm, John Winkler presentation!

Author and Attorney, John Winkler will be the featured speaker at the Fort Recovery State Museum at 3:00 on Sunday, August 27. His presentation will be the topic of his latest book, The Thames 1813: The War of 1812 on the Northwest Frontier. 

The author said, “The War of 1812 would be remembered in Britain as The American War, but it might as aptly have been called the Kentucky War! Although the state had only 5% of the American population, it provided 60% of the American soldiers in the war and suffered 70% of the American casualties.

The Kentuckians wanted to end the threat of the British inciting the Native Americans’ attacks on the settlers between the Ohio River and the Great Lakes! These troops that fought at the Thames were led by William Henry Harrison. Known in Canada as the Battle of Moraviantown, it is perhaps best known as the battle where Tecumseh was killed.

This is the fifth time John Winkler has spoken at the museum, and attendees report each time what a fascinating speaker he is. The presentation is sponsored by the Fort Recovery Foundation and the Patrons of the Museum, so there is no admission cost for this event which will be held in the Community Room of the Fort Recovery State Museum, 1 Fort Site Street. Winkler’s Campaign West series of books are available at the museum, and the author will gladly sign them.

Call 419-375-4384 for more information.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

One of a Kind Auction, Sunday October 15, 5:00 pm!

Join us for our One of A Kind Auction, sponsored by Fort Recovery Historical Society and Project Recovery. This truly is a One of a Kind event! There will be a variety of items up for bid with a Silent Auction, Live Auction, and Raffles throughout the evening. Enjoy delicious Hor d'oeuvres homecooked by Psi Iota Xi. Come to bid or just enjoy having a night out with many from Fort Recovery and surrounding communities!

 All donations benefit our local community and Historical Society and are tax deductible.
Tickets are $10 donation per ticket and can be purchased from any Fort Recovery Historical Society Member or at the Fort Recovery Museum.

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!