Friday, February 24, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 3:00 - Speaker Jeremy Turner, "Life as a Shawnee in 1700s Ohio Territory"

We are excited to begin our 2017 Speaker Series with Jeremy Turner, a Shawnee Native American from Indianapolis. The Shawnees were the most prevalent tribe in our particular area, and under their war chief, Blue Jacket, they were a significant force in the 1791 Battle of the Wabash and the 1794 Battle of Fort Recovery. Hopefully, you saw the schedule (also on Face Book and Website) of speakers for this summer and can see how this presentation sets the stage for the remainder of the 2017 museum presentations. Jeremy was here as a speaker (different topic) several years ago, and he was well received, so we are looking forward to his return.

There is no charge for attendance.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sun, Sept 24, 3:00 - "The Other Trail of Tears", Author Mary Stockwell

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.

Sun, Aug 27, 3:00 - "The Thames 1813: The War of 1812 on the Northwest Frontier", Author John Winkler

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.

Sun, July 30, 3:00 - "Restoring the Chain of Friendship", Author Tim Willig

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.

Sat, July 22, 8:30 - 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!

Sun, June 25, 3:00 - "Will the Real John Johnston Please Stand Up", Johnston Farms (Piqua) Site Manager, Andy Hite

2017 Speaker Series
Fort Recovery State Museum, Community Room
Presentation free to the public

Sunday, June 25, 3:00
Will the Real John Johnston Please Stand Up; The Role of Indian Agents during the 18th Century
Johnston Farms (Piqua) Site Manager, Andy Hite

Fri, June 16 - Jubilee Pie Contest and Auction

Jubilee Pie Contest and Auction!! A pie contest highlights the Fort Recovery Jubilee on Friday, June 16th at 8:00. Enjoy baking one or more of your favorite pies: fruit, crème, or any type specialty pie. Bring the pies to the registration stand next to the headquarters by 7:30 that evening. All pies will be judged and a $25 prize awarded to the best pie in each category. After the contest all pies will be auctioned off. Proceeds go to the Fort Recovery Historical Society for two benches in Krenning Park where new murals are being painted this summer. Call Helen at 419-375-2308 for more information.

Sun, May 28, 3:00 - "Life as a Shawnee in 1700s Ohio Territory", Native American Speaker Jeremy Turner

2017 Speaker Series
Fort Recovery State Museum, Community Room
Presentation free to the public

Sunday, May 28, 3:00
"Life as a Shawnee on the Ohio Country Frontier"
Native American Speaker Jeremy Turner

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sun, May 7, 12:00-5:00 - Opening Sunday Events, "Come Sit a Spell"

Come to the Fort Recovery Museum on its Opening Sunday, May 7 to peruse some really interesting old articles and collections belonging to the Fort Recovery Historical Society. "Come Sit a Spell"!

Among the items on display and available for hands-on examination are old diaries, yearbooks, sports memorabilia, a civil war newspaper and artifacts, a tamburitza etc.

A tamburitza is a musical instrument that is a cross between a guitar and a banjo and is native to Croatia, but was manufactured in Fort Recovery in the 1940's!

The civil war newspaper is a newspaper of the South. It is a perfect example of the extreme poverty of the south at that time of the war as the paper is printed on old wallpaper, so visitors can read an actual report from that desperate wartime on the front and see the wallpaper on the back of this precious artifact, donated by a descendent of the Lipps family, an old, old historic family of Fort Recovery.

Archaeologist, Chris Thompson will be present to display and explain military artifacts that have been recovered from the fort and battlefield area.

Tables and chairs will be set up, so visitors can peruse to their heart’s content!

Come Sit a Spell with Chris, Kathy Thobe and other representatives of the historical society and museum. Free