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! 

 

 


 

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.

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 www.fr225.com.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

A Special Week June 12-17 at the Museum! Archaeology Open House (June 13 & 14), Research Exhibit, and Free Museum Admission!

Free Museum Admission from June 12-17!  Extended Hours 10:00-5:00.  Bring family and friends!

Research Exhibit! A large display showing the last six years of archaeology research in the form of maps, posters, videos, artifacts, and handouts will be available.  See how archaeology is helping us learn more about the Battle of the Wabash and the Battle of Fort Recovery.

Archaeology Open House on Mon June 13 and Tues June 14. A Ball State University archaeological field school (May 16 to June 17) is taking place adjacent to the Fort Recovery State Museum grounds. This field school is investigating a parcel that is thought to hold archaeological remains of the original Fort Recovery. A public open house will be held on Monday June 13 from 10:00 to 2:30 and Tuesday June 14 from 10:00 to 6:45 at the field school site. Come visit with archaeologists as they excavate, help screen dirt, and learn from our posters and maps how archaeology is influencing our interpretation of the Battle of the Wabash (1791) and the Battle of Fort Recovery (1794).

This archaeology field school is made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio History Connection’s History Fund. The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio income tax refunds and designated gifts to the Ohio History Connection. www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.








Saturday, February 20, 2016

2016 Summer Speaker Series Announced!

We are excited to announce our presenters for the Fort Recovery's Museum 2016 Speaker Series!

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.

Sunday, May 1, 3:00 - The Mysteries Discovered/Uncovered at SunWatch Village
Bill Kennedy - Site Manager - SunWatch Village, Dayton, Ohio

Named Sun Watch because archaeologists believe that the "uncovered" circular complex of posts of this village related to astronomical measurements, this village of Fort Ancient people along the Great Miami River left behind some fascinating hints, mysteries and information. Hear about them as told through the eyes, experiences and research of archaeologist and site manager Kennedy.

Sunday, June 12, 3:00 - What Recent Archaeology Tells Us about Wabash 1791 and the Battle of Fort Recovery 1794!
Chris Thompson - Archaeologist, Applied Anthropology Laboratories, Ball State University

Imagine, even after 225 years, discoveries are being made that further inform what is known about the largest Native American/US Army battle to take place - the Battle of the Wabash of 1791. With the support of American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) grants (National Park Service), many acres of the battlefield have been studied and have provided new and interesting information about different aspects of the battle. A large display pertaining to the archaeology of the battlefield and fort will be available for viewing during this presentation and the following week of the Community's 225 Celebration.

 (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 in the evening. See www.FR225.com for more information.)

Sunday, July 17, 3:00 - One of the Greatest Cities of the World, Cahokia!  
William Iseminger - Archaeologist, Site Manager, Cahokia Mounds, IL
The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds of Collinsville, Illinois, a few miles from St. Louis. Covering over 2,200 acres Cahokia was one of the greatest cities of the world - larger than London in 1250! Hear Iseminger tell about the resident Mississippians who were accomplished builders, erected a wide variety of structures from homes to monumental public works that have kept their grandeur for centuries. The story of their culture, their government, religion etc. is fascinating. A sophisticated civilization that survived and prospered for 900 years! Imagine that! You may not be able to visit Cahokia, but, through this presentation, you can take the trip vicariously!

Sunday, September 25, 3:00 - Tippecanoe 1811; The Prophet's Battle
John Winkler - Author, Tippecanoe, Columbus/Brookeville OH

The Tippecanoe campaign of 1811 - a conflict born out of festering tensions brought on by the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville, which had ended the Northwestern Indian War and attempted to prevent white settlers from putting down roots in newly defined Indian territories. For 16 years there had been peace, but in 1811 the number of settlers in the Ohio territory had grown to 250,000. War was again coming to the North West. Winkler explores the dramatic build up to the conflict as 'The Prophet' Tenskatawa and his brother Tecumseh rallied the tribes to drive back the American settlers once and for all. (This is part of the Oxford Press' Campaign West Series. The FR Museum will have this book - Tippecanoe 1811- and Winkler's previous books - Wabash 1791; Fallen Timbers 1794; and Point Pleasant 1774 for sale/on sale this day at the museum. Books can be signed by the author.

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 - 3:00 - Wabash 1791 Symposium (225 Anniversary!)
A Battlefield Walk with John Winkler; Presenters: Chris Thompson; George Ironstrack; Stephen Paper; large display of posters and pictures pertaining to the battlefield and fort.
To Be Detailed for Nov. 5
* Stephen Paper - Author of An Army Lost                                                          
* Chris Thompson - The Wabash 1791 Battlefield, What Archaeology Documents!
* George Ironstrack - Coordinator of Myaamia Project, Miami University
* Cam Shriver - Ohio State University PhD Candidate
* Other speakers to be added and more details will follow!




 

Sat, Nov 5, 9:00-4:00 - Wabash 1791 Symposium

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

Sun, Oct 16 - One-of-A-Kind Auction

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!!!


Sun, Sept 25, 3:00 - Speaker John Winkler, Author, "Tippecanoe 1811: The Prophet's battle"

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.

Sunday, September 25, 3:00 - Tippecanoe 1811; The Prophet's Battle
John Winkler - Author, Tippecanoe, Columbus/Brookeville OH

The Tippecanoe campaign of 1811 - a conflict born out of festering tensions brought on by the 1795 Treaty of Greeneville, which had ended the Northwestern Indian War and attempted to prevent white settlers from putting down roots in newly defined Indian territories. For 16 years there had been peace, but in 1811 the number of settlers in the Ohio territory had grown to 250,000. War was again coming to the North West. Winkler explores the dramatic build up to the conflict as 'The Prophet' Tenskatawa and his brother Tecumseh rallied the tribes to drive back the American settlers once and for all. (This is part of the Oxford Press' Campaign West Series. The FR Museum will have this book - Tippecanoe 1811- and Winkler's previous books - Wabash 1791; Fallen Timbers 1794; and Point Pleasant 1774 for sale/on sale this day at the museum. Books can be signed by the author.






 

Sun, July 17, 3:00 - Speaker William Iseminger, Archaeologist & Site Manager, Cahoka Mounds

Sunday July 17 at 3:00! Fort Recovery Museum Presents "Cahokia - A City from History!" William Iseminger - Author, Archaeologist, and Site Manager of Cahokia Mounds will be the featured speaker. Please note: The presentation will be held at the Nazarene Center, 401 E Boundary St, Fort Recovery and 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.




 

Sat, July 9, 8:30 - 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! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fri Jun 17, 8:00 - Jubilee Pie Auction

Calling all area pie bakers and pie buyers!!! Annual Jubilee Pie Auction on Friday June 17 at 8:00 pm. All proceeds benefit the Fort Recovery Historical Society. Bring your cream, fruit, or specialty pie to the stand by the Jubilee headquarters by 7:00 pm. Immediately after judging the pies will be auctioned off. The Fort Recovery Historical Society is so appreciative every year of the donations of our area pie bakers and our generous pie buyers!

Mon, June 13 & Tues, June 14 - Archaeology Field School Open House

Archaeology Open House on Mon June 13 and Tues June 14. A Ball State University archaeological field school (May 16 to June 17) is taking place adjacent to the Fort Recovery State Museum grounds. This field school is investigating a parcel that is thought to hold archaeological remains of the original Fort Recovery. A public open house will be held on Monday June 13 from 10:00 to 2:30 and Tuesday June 14 from 10:00 to 6:45 at the field school site. Come visit with archaeologists as they excavate, help screen dirt, and learn from our posters and maps how archaeology is influencing our interpretation of the Battle of the Wabash (1791) and the Battle of Fort Recovery (1794).

This archaeology field school is made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio History Connection’s History Fund. The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio income tax refunds and designated gifts to the Ohio History Connection. www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.
Free Museum Admission from June 12-17!  Extended Hours 10:00-5:00.  Bring family and friends!


Research Exhibit! A large display showing the last six years of archaeology research in the form of maps, posters, videos, artifacts, and handouts will be available.  See how archaeology is helping us learn more about the Battle of the Wabash and the Battle of Fort Recovery.



June 12-19 - Fort Recovery's 225th Celebration

FR 225 web site - http://www.fr225.com/
FR 225 Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/FR225/1405849466387008

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.

Sunday, June 12, 3:00 - What Recent Archaeology Tells Us about Wabash 1791 and the Battle of Fort Recovery 1794!
Chris Thompson - Archaeologist, Applied Anthropology Laboratories, Ball State University

Imagine, even after 225 years, discoveries are being made that further inform what is known about the largest Native American/US Army battle to take place - the Battle of the Wabash of 1791. With the support of American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) grants (National Park Service), many acres of the battlefield have been studied and have provided new and interesting information about different aspects of the battle.

A large display pertaining to the archaeology of the battlefield and fort will be available for viewing during this presentation and the following week of the Community's 225 Celebration.

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 in the evening. See www.FR225.com for more information.




 

Sun, June 12, 3:00 - Speaker Christine Thompson, Archaeologist Ball State University, "New Archaeology Discoveries at Fort Recovery"

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.

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 www.fr225.com.




 

Tues, May 31, 10:00-3:00 - Archaeology Field School Open House

Archaeology Field School Open House! A Ball State University archaeological field school (May 16 to June 17) is taking place adjacent to the Fort Recovery State Museum grounds. This field school is investigating a parcel that is thought to hold archaeological remains of the original Fort Recovery. A public open house as part of National Historic Preservation Month will be held on Tuesday May 31 from 10:00 to 3:00 at the field school site.  Come visit with archaeologists as they excavate,  help screen dirt, and learn from our posters and maps how archaeology is influencing our interpretation of the Battle of the Wabash (1791) and the Battle of Fort Recovery (1794)!

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Ohio History Connection’s History Fund. The History Fund is supported exclusively by voluntary donations of Ohio income tax refunds and designated gifts to the Ohio History Connection. www.ohiohistory.org/historyfund.

 

May 16-June 17 - Archaeology Field School by Ball State University

We were thrilled to receive an Ohio History Fund grant to fund an archaeological field school and ground-penetrating radar survey this summer on the grassy lot just north of Nature's Corner at the corner of Wayne and Boundary Streets.  A newly discovered 1793 map of Fort Recovery and a ground-penetrating radar survey of the area around the fort location will guide the excavations. The field school and survey will be conducted by Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology and will take place from May 16 to June 17. A public Open House will take place on Monday June 13 and Tuesday June 14.

Fri, May 6, 6:00-8:00 - Museum Open during Car Show (free admission!)

Thanks to a donation by the Fort Recovery Car Club, the museum will be open from 6:00 to 8:00 pm as part of the Car Show in downtown Fort Recovery.

Sun, May 1, 3:00 - Speaker Bill Kennedy, Site Manager of Sunwatch Village, Dayton

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.

Sunday, May 1, 3:00 - The Mysteries Discovered/Uncovered at SunWatch Village
Bill Kennedy - Site Manager - SunWatch Village, Dayton, Ohio

Named Sun Watch because archaeologists believe that the "uncovered" circular complex of posts of this village related to astronomical measurements, this village of Fort Ancient people along the Great Miami River left behind some fascinating hints, mysteries and information. Hear about them as told through the eyes, experiences and research of archaeologist and site manager Kennedy.





 

Sun, May 1 - Museum Opens for the 2016 Season!

Museum Hours
May
Weekends, Memorial Day
12:00pm - 5:00pm

June through August
Daily
12:00pm - 5:00pm

September
Weekends, Labor Day
12:00pm - 5:00pm