Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Sunday July 31, 3:00 - Presentation by Historian Harrison Frech!

Anthony Shane, A Bridge Between Cultures, The Settling of Shane’s Crossing (Rockford, OH)

Location: Nazarene Family Center 401 E Boundary St., Fort Recovery, 45846

Handicapped Accessible
Harrison Frech taught 42 years in the Parkway School system, the last 29 years as an American History and Government teacher. He retired in 2014. Now he speaks to groups in Mercer and Van Wert Counties on various topics in area history. Frech has an M. A. in American History from Youngstown State University and is the author of Anthony Shane: Scout, Interpreter, Town Founder and Witness to History and War, Mobs, Riot, Cholera, Amnesia and a Bombing: Stories of Area People and Incidents.
The subject of the presentation Anthony Shane, a man of French Canadian and Native American ancestry, was an interpreter, a scout, a trader and a town founder (Rockford, Ohio). He was a participant in many of the major events in the history of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier including fighting on the Native side against Anthony Wayne's campaign, on the United States side in several of the important battles of the War of 1812 in the Old Northwest. Shane served as interpreter for the negotiations for the post war treaties with the tribespeople and later for the Shawnee-Delaware Reservation in Kansas Territory. As a lifetime acquaintance of the famed Shawnee Tecumseh, he would be an important source for the leader's biographers. The experiences of Shane, his Delaware wife Young Bird Woman and their family showed some of the challenges to be faced by people of Native and mixed ancestry at the time.
Frech will have books available for purchase. 

No charge for the presentation.
Presented by the Fort Recovery State Museum, 419-375-4384

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Historical Scavenger Hunt! Participate now until Saturday June 18!

The Fort Recovery Historical Society is excited to sponsor a Historical Scavenger Hunt leading up to the Fort Recovery Harvest Jubilee! All participants will be given clues to different pieces of history they will need to gather at 12 different Historical sites in the Village limits.

Paper copies of the questions can be picked up at all Fort Recovery banks, Fort Recovery Insurance, and the Fort Recovery Museum (open daily from 12:00-5:00).

Clue questions can also be downloaded off our Facebook page or Website.

You can do this Scavenger Hunt on your own time and when completed participants must turn in the required hunt information from 4-7 pm on Saturday at the Jubilee headquarters to be entered for the chance to win a $50.00 merchants gift certificate!

This will be a fun activity for all kinds of groups, families, neighbors’ classmates or friends! Get everyone involved!

There is so much rich history to be learned about our little Village!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Guns and Weapons Specialist Speaking June 26, 3:00! Paul D. Lockhart

It will be a pleasure to host well-known and respected author, professor and lecturer, Paul Douglas Lockhart of Wright State University to Fort Recovery on the last Sunday of this month. His topic is: Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare. Although his book covers many time-periods and wars, knowing his audience, Paul will specifically include Wabash Battle 1791 and the 1794 Anthony Wayne Battles of Fort Recovery and Fallen Timbers in his presentation.

Lockhart was here to participate in the John Winkler Battlefield Walk this spring, and at that time he said, “You have some very interesting weapons in the museum and near the monument that I bet you aren’t aware of! Now what could that be? He would not give a hint – just said he would reveal his “secret” when he came in June. So now is your curiosity also aroused?

In 1989, Lockhart earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University. His research interests include the history of Denmark, Norway, Scania, Iceland, Greenland, Schleswig-Holstein at the time of the Protestant Reformation. Wright State awarded Lockhart the title of Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, and in 2022, he won the Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence, Wright State's highest award for academic achievement. The Ohio Academy of History selected him as Distinguished Historian for 2020-21.

Lockhart's book Firepower: How Weapons Shaped Warfare (2021) will be available for purchase and signing at this free and handicapped accessible event which will be held at Fort Recovery Nazarene Family Center, 401 E. Boundary St. Fort Recovery. (Call 419-375-4384 for more information)

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Sunday April 10, 3:00 - Presentation by Author Robert Kuck II

Author of Blood and Honor; The Life and Times of Fur Trader, Pierre Louis de Lorimier

This Author Coming Sunday, April 10 – 3:00. Location Nazarene Center, Fort Recovery

It is so exciting that this author of “Blood and Honor” is coming to Fort Recovery. But in order to make that possible, the museum will be presenting him BEFORE our museum officially opens for the 2022 season.

Bob lives in Sarasota, FL but is scheduled to appear at Wright State University on April 9, so it made financial sense to incorporate his appearance at Fort Recovery on his scheduled trip North. Please mark your calendars for this “promised to be great” appearance. I just finished this book in January, so I enthusiastically put my personal endorsement on the interest aroused and information contained in Blood and Honor!

Blood and Honor explores the life of French fur trader Pierre-Louis de Lorimier from his birth in Quebec in 1748 until his death in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in 1812. Since this is the exact time period leading up to, during and following “our” Wabash Indian/Army battle history, Kuck’s book really helps to “paint the complete picture.” Unlike most of our previous speakers and the books we sell, the events in Blood and Honor are described from the perspective and experiences of the French and Native Americans.

Pierre-Louis de Lorimier led a fascinating life, and Kuck certainly did it justice in the telling of his story. It will give you new and captivating ideas to contemplate. (thanks patron Ken Soward for the recommendation.)

For more information: 419-375-4384

No charge for presentation.

Sunday October, 23 - One of a Kind Auction

 More info coming later!

Friday, March 25, 2022

Sunday, May 1 - Museum opens for the 2022 season!

Museum Hours

May - Saturdays and Sundays + Memorial Day, 12:00-5:00

June, July, August - Daily, 12:00-5:00

September - Saturdays and Sundays + Labor Day, 12:00-5:00

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Sunday September 25, 3:00 - Presentation by Author Mary Stockwell

Interrupted Odyssey: Ulysses S. Grant and the American Indians

Location: Nazarene Family Center 401 E Boundary St. Fort Recovery, 45846

Stockwell's books Interrupted Odyssey, Unlikely General, and The Other Trail of Tears will all available for purchase/signing

No charge

Presented by the Fort Recovery State Museum, 419-375-4384