Monday, November 12, 2018

Museum Closed for the Season

The Fort Recovery State Museum is closed until May.  We thank all of our patrons and visitors for a wonderful 2018 season!  We will open for the 2019 season on Saturday May 4, with special Season Opening Events on Sunday May 5.  Stay tuned for more details!


Friday, November 2, 2018

Sun, Nov 11, 11:00-5:00 - Special Events Open House

Visitors to Fort Recovery on November 11 are invited to attend some special events to be held at the Fort Recovery State Museum. The museum, fort and log cabins will be open free of charge from 11:00 to 5:00 that day! Three special events will be featured.

Mural Signing/Recognition
At 2:00 is scheduled the Ceremonial Artist’s Signing of the just-completed 1791 Battle Mural. Artist Dan Keyes will also give a brief overview of the thought and research that went into this most recent mural. Also in attendance will be many folks who have been instrumental in the completion of the five murals the town proudly exhibits.

Wayside Exhibits and Interactive Story Map
From 11:00 to 5:00 visitors to the museum are invited to take mini-tours of the 15 new Wayside Exhibits which were recently installed, culminating four years of grant writing, research, design and manufacturing. Chris Thompson, Ball State University Archaeologist and leading grant writer and project facilitator, will be present to guide these tours. She will be assisted by Ball State University Department of Anthropology students. (Funding for the Wayside Exhibits was provided by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program and Ohio Facilities Construction Commission grants.)

From 11:0 to 5:00, the Ball State personnel will be available to demonstrate the new on-line Battlefield Story Map. From the fingertips to the computer/i-pad/i-phone anyone, anywhere can take a tour of Fort Recovery and see/read about the significant history that happened there on the banks of the Wabash. Interested museum visitors will be shown how to access and peruse that informative and innovative Battlefield Story Map site. (Funding for the on-line Story Map was provided by a Ohio Humanities Council grant.)

Join the Fort Recovery Museum as it participates in the community’s Christmas Open House Festivities. And while in Fort Recovery, visitors can also enjoy a narrated historic horse and carriage ride sponsored by local merchants.   Call 419-375-4384 for more information.

November 11 - A Special Events Open House!

Visitors to Fort Recovery on November 11 are invited to attend some special events to be held at the Fort Recovery State Museum. The museum, fort and log cabins will be open free of charge from 11:00 to 5:00 that day! Three special events will be featured.

Mural Signing/Recognition
At 2:00 is scheduled the Ceremonial Artist’s Signing of the just-completed 1791 Battle Mural. Artist Dan Keyes will also give a brief overview of the thought and research that went into this most recent mural. Also in attendance will be many folks who have been instrumental in the completion of the five murals the town proudly exhibits.

Wayside Exhibits and Interactive Story Map
From 11:00 to 5:00 visitors to the museum are invited to take mini-tours of the 15 new Wayside Exhibits which were recently installed, culminating four years of grant writing, research, design and manufacturing. Chris Thompson, Ball State University Archaeologist and leading grant writer and project facilitator, will be present to guide these tours. She will be assisted by Ball State University Department of Anthropology students. (Funding for the Wayside Exhibits was provided by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program and Ohio Facilities Construction Commission grants.)

From 11:0 to 5:00, the Ball State personnel will be available to demonstrate the new on-line Battlefield Story Map. From the fingertips to the computer/i-pad/i-phone anyone, anywhere can take a tour of Fort Recovery and see/read about the significant history that happened there on the banks of the Wabash. Interested museum visitors will be shown how to access and peruse that informative and innovative Battlefield Story Map site. (Funding for the on-line Story Map was provided by a Ohio Humanities Council grant.)

Join the Fort Recovery Museum as it participates in the community’s Christmas Open House Festivities. And while in Fort Recovery, visitors can also enjoy a narrated historic horse and carriage ride sponsored by local merchants.   Call 419-375-4384 for more information.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New! Online Battlefield Tour Story Map!

Click here for Battlefield Tour Story Map.

You can use the Battle of the Wabash and Battle of Fort Recovery Battlefield Tour Story Map on any computer, smartphone, or tablet. This free online application while you are visiting the battlefield and in conjunction with 15 new wayside exhibits (installation November 8, 2018). Or you can use the Battlefield Tour Story Map to get a feel for the battlefield when you are not able to visit. We hope you enjoy this online interpretation of our history!

This Battlefield Tour Story Map is made possible, in part by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Story Map do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support provided by the Fort Recovery Historical Society, Fort Recovery Museum, and Ball State University. Story Map created and designed by the Applied Anthropology Laboratories, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University.


Saturday, September 8, 2018

September 9: Closing the Speaker Series with Ken Sowards! Fort Loramie, the Topic!

Sunday, September 9, 3:00, Fort Recovery Museum Community Room
      In 1769 Pierre Loramie, a French-Canadian fur trader (a Jesuit missionary?) built a trading post just north of the present-day village of Fort Loramie. Loramie traded in furs with the Wyandotte and Shawnee Indian tribes. During the 1782 campaign of General George Rogers Clark, Col. Benjamin Logan led an attack on the trading post, and Fort Loramie was burned to the ground.
     After the Treaty of Greeneville, General Wayne ordered a fort built at the site of Loramie’s store to protect the settlers in west Ohio. What an interesting history Fort Loramie enjoys, and no one knows more about it than history enthusiast and expert, Ken Sowards. Thanks to patrons and the Fort Recovery Community Foundation, all speaker presentations are free! 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ohio Open Doors Events! Saturday, September 8, 10:00-2:00

Fort Recovery Historical Society and Fort Recovery Retail Merchants are launching a cooperative endeavor as they take part in the Ohio Open Doors Initiative. Fort Recovery's Open Doors will take place on Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 to 2:00. Admission to all designated places is free during that time. Visitors are invited to start at the Fort Recovery Museum Porch to pick up a map of the many places that can be visited.

Having their Doors Open will be the Fort Recovery Museum, the old Opera House (above Brockman's Appliances), The Battle Murals, and the Retail Merchants Establishments of the community. There will be a number of other places to visit listed on the map. Each of the sites will be offering their business and/or building histories. Of particular interest will be the following:

The State Museum, which will be celebrating its 80th birthday party that day with balloons and cupcakes! The Museum building was a Works Progress Administration (WPA)project of 1938.

The Opera House, a rare and unique structure was the center of community activities in the early 1900's. The old stage with gas lights is all intact. Past visitors have found it fascinating. Opera Houses like this were generally found in Protestant villages as they did not have the large churches like the Catholics in which to hold functions. Mary Ann Olding, a preservation specialist, will be present to answer questions.

The Murals of Fort Recovery will be another feature of Fort Recovery's Open Doors. The artist, Dan Keyes, himself will be present at the site of the 1791 and 1794 battle murals to offer commentary of the mural subjects and artistry.

The Businesses and their buildings' histories were researched by Helen LeFevre who in 2016 published a book containing that information. That information and more will be available at the merchant establishments of the town.

All  Ohio Open Doors events are free. Most are special one-day-only opportunities.

About Ohio Open Doors
The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct. 15, 1966, the Act has proven instrumental in transforming the face of communities from coast to coast, establishing the legal framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological sites. It drives economic revitalization by attracting investment, supporting small business, stabilizing neighborhoods and creating jobs.

The Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office administers the National Historic Preservation Act in Ohio. Many of the landmarks featured in Ohio Open Doors events are in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Historic Preservation Act created.

 “Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.

For more information about Ohio Open Doors, visit ohiohistory.org. For more information about the Fort Recovery event, call 419-375-4384.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

One-of-a-Kind Auction 2018 - Fiesta Ole' - October 21!

Si! The Theme for the 2018 Auction will be Mexican! The committee is busy at work preparing for a very special one-of-a-kind event. Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 21! In the meantime, if you have any antique, unique, interesting, useful or collectible items you would like to donate, just call me, Nancy, 419-375-4384, 419-852-6110 or Kathy Thobe, 419-375-4227 and let us know.
 
The profits are divided between the Fort Recovery Historical Society and Project Recovery. Proceeds are used for community needs: maintenance of historical sites and parks; continuation of mural work; preservation of items/places precious to our history; educational presentations, etc.
  
Held at Fort Recovery Elementary/Middle School