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

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

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

Annual One-Of-A-Kind Auction - October 16, 2016

Annual Auction Plans Underway - Up, Up, And Away! The members of the auction committee have begun meeting to lay plays for the 2016 One-of-a-Kind Auction, Up, Up, and Away, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 16! If, 1) you want to help! 2) You have something to donate, or 3)You have ideas to share, please respond to this letter/email and let us know. You can call Kathy Thobe at 419-375-4227, Nancy Knapke at 419-375-4384 or the museum at 419-375-4649!

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!

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 or online registration is here: ; We hope to see YOU at the starting line on July 9th! 




Sunday, July 17, 3:00. Fort Recovery Museum Presents William Iseminger, "Cahokia - A City from History!" (Held at Nazarene Center, 401 E Boundary St, Fort Recovery)

William Iseminger - Author, Archaeologist, and Site Manager of Cahokia Mounds will be the featured speaker for the Fort Recovery Museum on Sunday, July 17 at 3:00. Iseminger will present " Cahokia, America's First City!" (The presentation is free and open to the public.)

The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds of Collinsville, Illinois. At 2,200 acres, Cahokia was one of the greatest cities of the world - larger than London in 1250! The Mississippians who lived there were accomplished builders, erecting structures from homes to monumental public works that have kept their grandeur for centuries. Iseminger will detail their culture, government, religion, etc. These residents of the Mississippi flood plain, known as the American Bottom, were a highly developed civilization that survived and prospered for 900 years!    (Cahokia books will be available for purchase/signing.)

Part of the Fort Recovery Museum Speaker Series, this presentation will be held at the Nazarene Center, 401 E Boundary St. Fort Recovery - which is spacious, handicapped accessible, air-conditioned and sound amplified. Also featured will be an Archaeology Display of the recent investigations of the Fort Recovery Battlefield, and Ball State University archaeologist, Chris Thompson will be available to explain and make available CD's of the research, maps and history.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Sunday June 12, 3:00 - Speaker Christine Thompson "What Recent Archaeology Tells Us about The Battle of the Wabash and the Battle of Fort Recovery"

Just when you think you know all there is to know about the battles, discoveries are made on the battlefield that reveal more information about the Battle of the Wabash and the Battle of Fort Recovery.  With the support of National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) grants, many acres of the battlefield have been studied by diverse teams of archaeologists, and these studies have provided new and interesting information about different aspects of the battle.

In addition, the discovery of the Burbeck papers held at the Clements Library at the University of Michigan, for the very first time "showed" the plans and layout of the fort. The second Ball State University field school is underway, and it may reveal new evidence about the location of the 1793 fort! If you attend this June 12 presentation, you can see the artifacts that have been found in these battlefield and fort investigations and hear/see the theories of how the fort was likely situated!

A large display pertaining to the archaeology of the battlefield and fort will be available for viewing before, during, and after this presentation and during the following week (the community's 225th Celebration. This presentation will be held on Sunday June 12 at 3:00 in the Museum's community room and is free.

This speaker/presentation is scheduled to coincide with the community's 225 year celebration. An outdoor drama of the town's history - including the battles - will be held this same evening.  See