HISTORIC FORT STEUBEN

March Update

FROM THE DIRECTOR:

Scientists say that spring will be arriving two to three weeks early this year. Although that is good news to many, the change in temperatures may cause problems for creatures and plants who are on a different life cycle. Change is inevitable and all living things learn to adapt to survive…or else they don’t. The early settlers of the Ohio frontier had to adjust to the new climate and the plants and animals that inhabited the wilderness. They had to do without the “conveniences” that were part of their life out east. The difficult conditions challenged their strength, faith and ingenuity. Our frontier camp exhibit displays the many tools and gadgets that they devised to help them survive and gives visitors a better appreciation of our modern comforts. That is one of the reasons it is so important to preserve and teach about the past and to support historic sites such as Fort Steuben.We face difficult situations today, too.They may not be the same as those in the wilderness, but certainly today’s challenges will require strength, faith and ingenuity to survive as well.Historic Fort Steuben is “Keeping History Alive” just for that purpose.


ANNUAL QUILT SHOW

Bear claw, log cabin, drunkard’s path…all patterns used in traditional quilting. What patterns will we see at this year’s Spring Quilt Show? We won’t know until entry forms start coming in! Whether it’s an old coverlet your great-aunt had on her four-poster or a modern machine-stitched abstract design, all are welcome to be put on display from April 3 to 14. Entry forms are available at the Visitor Center or on our website and must be submitted by March 20!


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CONTINUES

Our $1-a-Day Capital Campaign continues. This effort is aimed at establishing a solid funding base for future maintenance and repair costs. Please consider contributing at any level. For more information, call us at 740-283-1787.


INTERPRETERS WANTED

Did you know why we call our tour guides “interpreters”?They not only guide our visitors through the Fort and the 1st Federal Land Office, but they explain and “interpret” the exhibits for the modern observer. Our goal is to make history come alive by telling the stories of the people and events of the period. If you like to tell stories and enjoy meeting new people, consider joining our faithful crew of interpreters. We provide a script and training program and lots of leeway for creativity. Find out more at our “Interpreter’s Meeting” on Monday evening, April 3 at 6:00 pm in the Visitor Center.


SCHOOL TOUR RESERVATIONS

Historic Fort Steuben welcomes classes to step back in time. We encourage teachers to make their reservations as soon as possible so we can prepare for their visit. Teachers are sent a packet of information, worksheets, quizzes and resources to help their students get the most out of their tour.While going through the Fort, students do a scavenger hunt and some hands-on activities. In conjunction with the Pleasant Hill School House Museum, we offer 2nd grade classes a special visit to both sites. Teachers can also include a visit to the Jefferson County Historical Association Mansion Museum. By preserving the past for students today we give them tools to build for the future! School reservation forms can be downloaded from our website, www.oldfortsteuben.com.


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

Did you know that over 90% of toys sold in the US are imported? But in the Fort Steuben Museum Shop, all our wooden toys are made in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maine! We try to stock as many locally produced items as possible, including local honey, art and books. Many of our souvenirs are manufactured right in Steubenville. Shopping at the Museum Shop is a way to Shop Local as well as support the activities at Historic Fort Steuben. Stop in and see the fort building kits from Roy Toy… a great gift for the imaginative child in your life! And we are again offering the handmade pottery from Stilhaven Studio…typical of local pieces that would have been made and used by settlers in the Ohio Valley.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming events and programs. The Fort will reopen for tours on May 1st, earlier if the weather allows. Our annual dinner will be held on May 10th at the Hellenic Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Church in Steubenville. The Summer Concert Series will open on May 25th. The US Army Band, Jazz Ambassadors, will again perform at the Berkman Amphitheater on Saturday, June 24th.

The Festival season begins with Ohio Valley Frontier Days, June 3-4. Just down the road from us will be the popular Greek Food Festival, June 13-16. We will join the Dean Martin Centennial (June 15-18) on Saturday, June 17th with a parade down 4th Street followed by the Hometown Celebration in Fort Steuben Park. Anyone interested in participating, sponsoring or volunteering for any of these events is invited to contact us at the Visitor Center, 740-283-1787.


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

March 2: Guided Tour Pilgrimage, sponsored by Urban Mission: “stations of the Cross” modernized at prayer sites around the community; bus leaves Urban Mission 301 N. 5th Street, Steubenville, at 6:00pm; to reserve your spot, call 740.282.8010 or email: asteele@urbanmission.org

March 3: Holy Trinity Fish Fest, Holy Trinity Greek Church, 300 S. 4th Street, Steubenville; 3:30-6:30pm, eat in or carry out, $11;

March 3-5: Tri-State Home and Garden Show, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; more than 50 exhibitors; Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 11am-3pm; 740.264.7048

March 4: Fort Steuben Fiber Arts Guild, monthly meeting, Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville, 9am-noon

March 8: Jefferson County Historical Association Mansion Museum and Genealogy Library opens for season; will open every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-3pm; call 740-283-1133

March 11: Kiwanis 7th Annual Trivia Contest, Steubenville High School Commons, 420 N. 4th Street, Steubenville, 7pm

March 15: Easy Printmaking Workshop, Steubenville Art Association, Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville, 9:30am-4:00pm; $40, call 740.264.2668

March 15: Seed Giveaway, Master Gardener Michele Mack will hand out seeds and advice; Steubenville Public Library, Toronto Branch 1:00pm, Schiappa Branch, 3:00 pm

March 17: 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dueling Pianos Party, to benefit Jefferson County Humane Society, St. Florian Hall, Wintersville, 7pm doors open, 8pm show begins; tickets $30 in advance 740-314-5583

March 18: Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick’s Fun Run/Bike/Walk and the Noah Long Kid’s 1K Fun Run, proceeds benefit Trinity Teramana Cancer Center; registration 8:00am, races begin at 10am, 11am, 11:45am; Chinese auction at 1:45pm; TEMS building, 201 S. 4th Street, Toronto; 740-317-3947;

March 18: Weirton’s Annual Festival of Nations, food, music, dance and more; Millsop Community Center, 200 Municipal Plaza, Weirton WV, 11am-4pm

March 20: Light of Life with featured speaker Kirk Walden, AIM Women’s Center annual dinner, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; Doors open at 6pm. Dinner and program 7:00-9:00pm. An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended.Dinner is complimentary.Semi-formal attire. RSVP before March 6, 2017. Call: 740.283.3636 or email: development@aimwomenscenter.com

March 24: Why Beauty Matters – For Art, Faith and Politics, presentation by poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia, Gentile Gallery, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 3:00pm

March 24: Wine & Shoe Extravaganza, sponsored by Ohio Valley Business and Professional Women, Chinese Auction, Celebrity Servers and SHOES!Wear your best pair to win prizes and the Best in Shoe Competition.Will be honoring local women and voting for Woman of the Year 2017. Steubenville Country Club, 213 Lovers Lane, Steubenville; 5:00pm, tickets $25, 740.317.3868

March 25: Bonaventure Workshop, academic workshop on the thought and spirituality of St. Bonaventure featuring speakers and panel discussion; Franciscan University of Steubenville, Gentile Gallery, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 8:45am-4:45pm; free admission but registration requested at www.franciscan.edu/bonaventure-workshop.

March 25: Organic Fanatic on Fermented Breads, Schiappa Branch Library, 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville, 11:30am

March 28: Amelia Earhart, Carol Starre-Kmiecik will portray this famous American aviator who was the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane. Learn about the life of this courageous woman. Schiappa Branch Library, 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville, 6:00 pm; Call 740.264.6166 to register.

March 29: What’s Up Downtown, sponsored by the Steubenville Revitalization Group, learn about the Historic Fort Steuben Hotel in its Ballroom, 180 N. 4th Street, Steubenville; 5:00-8:00pm

March 30: Ohio Vietnam Veterans Day, commemorating 50 years; Prime Time Office, 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville; 1:00pm

March 30 & 31: Elephant Man, presented by the Drama Department, Anathan Theatre, in Egan Hall, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 7:00pm

March 31: The Wizard of Oz, production at Catholic Central High School, Lanman Hall, 320 West View Ave., Steubenville; 7:00pm, tickets $9 adults, $6 students/seniors




FEBRUARY 2017 EMAIL UPDATE

FROM THE DIRECTOR

During this month when winter seems to sink into our bones, we need the warmth of holidays and celebrations. From the amusing attention given to a prescient groundhog to the colorful tribute to LOVE and on to a salute to two of our nation’s presidents, these days give us a reason to plod on until the first signs of spring peep through the snow.February is also Black History Month and we have a fine collection of books and coloring books for sale in the Museum Shop that provide insights into the lives of those who contributed so much to our history and culture. Or if you just want a riveting book to read during the long evenings, pick up a copy of Allan Eckert’s Dark and Bloody River which tells in entertaining detail the story of the settlement of this area.

Our 2017 Membership Drive continues. Thanks to all who have responded already! Our goal is 200 members…if you haven’t yet renewed your membership please do so this month.


PARDON OUR DUST

If you stop by the Visitor Center this month you may have to watch your step! Wires and ladders are on the floor for the new security system and the upgraded lighting. In the Museum Shop, new shelving is being installed. And displays in the Exhibit Hall are being rearranged. By the time spring arrives, the Fort and Visitor Center will be ready to welcome guests!


LAND OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS

The latest additions to the First Federal Land Office include a buggy and a split rail fence. The Land Office operated from 1801 to 1840 – imagine the changes that the Registrar David Hogue and his family witnessed in those years! Be sure to include a visit to the Land Office when we reopen in May.


SCHOOL TOUR RESERVATIONS

In just a few months Historic Fort Steuben will be welcoming students to step back in time. We encourage teachers to make their reservations as soon as possible so we can prepare for their visit. Teachers are sent a packet of information, worksheets, quizzes and resources to help their students get the most out of their tour.While going through the Fort, students do a scavenger hunt and some hands-on activities. By preserving the past for students today we give them tools to build for the future! School reservation forms can be downloaded from our website, www.oldfortsteuben.com.


STEUBENVILLE HERITAGE TRAIL

Do you need a reason to get out and walk? Health is one but learning more about our local history is another! The Steubenville Heritage Trail begins at Beatty Park and goes for four miles through the historic downtown, ending in Belleview Park. If you aren’t up for such a long hike, you can do the mini-heritage walk from the Visitor Center on S. Third Street, up to Dock Street, around to 4th Street, south to Adams and back to the Visitor Center again. Stop by and pick up one of our Trail Maps.


INTERPRETERS NEEDED

There is nothing like a good storyteller to help make history come alive and our tour guides do just that. They can “interpret” what is in our exhibits to make them relevant to our modern visitors. If you like meeting new people (including children), if you want to “give back” to the community, and if you have a few hours a week to spare, please consider becoming a Fort Volunteer. We provide a basic script and training – you provide the enthusiasm! There will be a “Get Acquainted Evening” in March to learn more.


SURVEYING HISTORY

We are pleased to be hosting a continuing education program for the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio in May. Fort Steuben was originally built to protect the surveyors of the Northwest Territory. The method of dividing land into numbered townships and sections began here and was continued across the country. Future improvements at the Fort include developing a Surveying Museum on the site.


MEMORIAL BRICKS

Looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift for that special person in your life? Instead of flowers or candy, why not something more lasting? An engraved brick around the Veterans Memorial Fountain is a solid declaration of appreciation and another way to support the Fort.We can send a card announcing the gift to your sweetheart! Each brick is $65 ($50 for members) and has three lines of 15 characters each. Bricks ordered by March 1 will be put in place in May. Brick forms can be obtained at the Visitor Center or through the website.


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

The shelves have been restocked with a variety of history themed toys, books, coloring books, games, Audubon animals, and puzzles as well as postcards, mugs, and the delightful “Advice From…” sweat shirts. We are now carrying several excellent publications for children from National Geographic. The Museum Shop is your resource for Steubenville and Ohio souvenirs. Stop in to see our new additions!


SUMMER CONCERT PLANNING UNDERWAY

Just 16 weeks to the first Fort Steuben Summer Concert of 2017 and we are busy scheduling talent. The Ohio Valley is fortunate to have many talented performers and we often have a hard time choosing among them. To add variety, we try to introduce new entertainers from out of the area. Once we have all the groups on contract, we will publish the schedule.

It costs about $25,000 to produce these free concerts. Thanks to community minded individuals and businesses and our attendees, we are able to meet these costs. Please consider becoming a sponsor. For information on sponsorship go to www.oldfortsteuben.com/summerconcerts.php. Or call 740-283-1787.


SPRING QUILT SHOW ENTRIES

We invite entries for the 2017 Spring Quilt Show to be held April 3-14. Anyone can enter a quilt or coverlet to this annual display by submitting an entry form. Forms are available at the Visitor Center or online at http://www.oldfortsteuben.com/quiltshow.php.


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CONTINUES

We continue to welcome donations to our $1-A-Day Capital Campaign. This one year effort to have 100 people commit to $365 was designed to ensure that there would be a good “cushion” to cover future maintenance costs of the Fort, Land Office and Visitor Center. We are grateful to all who have already responded with donations large and small. We are 1/3 of the way to our goal! You can download a Contribution Form at FORT STEUBEN CAPITAL CAMPAIGN


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA:

Feb. 4Fort Steuben Fiber Arts Guild, meeting and presentation by Lynn Morgan Rainsberger on upcycling wool sweaters into Valentines Day decorations; Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville; 9am-noon, everyone is invited to attend

Feb. 4Coats for the Community, Lynn & Barrett Boutique, 150 Main St, Wintersville; donate a new or gently used coat for the Friendship Room and get 10% off your purchase; 11am-3pm

Feb. 4 Neidengard’s Chili Cook-Off, Neidengard’s Harley Davidson,284 Canton Road, Wintersville; 10:30-2:00pm

Feb. 9Heartland, sponsored by Trinity Medical System, blood screenings and more; Fort Steuben Mall, 100 Mall Drive, Steubenville; 6am-2pm

Feb. 9Business Expo, sponsored by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce; Fort Steuben Mall, 100 Mall Drive, Steubenville; 10am-3pm

Feb. 12St. Vincent de Paul 8th Annual Craft Extravaganza, Blessed Sacrament Church Social Hall, 852 Main St., Wintersville; noon-3pm

Feb. 16 – Presentation by Star Parker, author and advocate, Gentile Gallery in JC Williams Center, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville;

Feb. 25Retro Night, entertainment from up-and-coming young performers with music from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s; fundraiser for Ohio Valley Youth Network; First Westminster Presbyterian Church, N. 4th Street, Steubenville; 6:30 pm, tickets $20 available at Fort Steuben Visitor Center; 608-556-3068

Do you have an event you would like us to promote? Please send details and contact information at least a month before!



JANUARY 2017 UPDATE

FROM THE DIRECTOR

A new year is upon us…and wintry weather as well. The soldiers who inhabited the original Fort Steuben 230 years ago didn’t have it easy. They had to deal with very cold weather, snow, ice, and the need to keep a good supply of firewood. If any of you have had a fireplace, you know how inefficient it is and how smoky and messy it could be. Of course, many of the men were accustomed to harsh or primitive living, but that didn’t make it any easier.I doubt many of us could withstand the conditions and the lack of supplies that they experienced. But it is important to remember what they endured as we enjoy the freedoms and luxuries available to us today.

Historic Fort Steuben was reconstructed to make the past come alive for us moderns, to help us appreciate the blessings we have as well as the lessons we should have learned. Our history is filled with stories of heroes but also of scoundrels, of good deeds as well as horrendous betrayals. As a historic site, our mission is to help visitors put those stories in context and to perhaps see the past with a new perspective, one that would aid in understanding the present and guide in future decisions. Your support is critical for that mission to be successful. Please become a member or renew your membership for 2017 so we can continue “Keeping History Alive!”


2017 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

We will be sending out membership requests this month and hope you will commit to being part of the work here. Membership is an important part of our annual budget, but – even more – it is a way we know that our efforts are supported and appreciated. It’s easy to become a member by mail or on our website, www.oldfortsteuben.com. Historic Fort Steuben is one of only two completely reconstructed forts in Ohio. Visitors have given high praise for our displays, guides and programs. We could not do it without you! Please “Support Your Fort” by renewing or signing up for 2017 membership.


NUTCRACKER VILLAGE – YEAR II

Wow…what a fantastic, amazing and delightful seven-week season we have had with the Nutcracker Village! From Nov. 22 when the event began all the way to the end of December, thousands of people from near and far have visited Fort Steuben Park and the Visitor Center to see over 100 unique Nutcrackers, all designed and fabricated by the creative team at Nelson’s of Steubenville.

The excitement started with Steubenville Lights Up the Night with the new 30’ Christmas tree and a surprise fireworks show. The Nutcracker Magic Parade on Dec. 10 drew hundreds of people to see over 80 colorful and musical units.

We counted over 15,000 who entered the Visitor Center; hundreds more came to see the Nutcrackers arrayed in the park while the building was closed. More than a dozen vendors sold their wares for four weekends at the Advent Market while music, hayrides and Holly Trolley rides added to the fun. St. Nicholas strolled among the guests giving candy canes and offering great photo ops!

Inside the Visitor Center, the lobby was adorned with Nutcracker coloring pages by local school children. The Christmas Wonderland featured a Christmas village, a huge doll house, electric train, and many toys and decorations from yesteryear. A military exhibit drew much praise as well. Probably the most popular stop was the Letters to Santa table where youngsters not only listed their gift requests but also shared their hearts, their prayers and their hopes for the future.

The 2016 Village was larger and brighter than the past and additional features were added. The First Federal Land Office welcomed guests to an 1840’s Christmas. An original musical, “Wooden Heart Follies,” was presented four Sundays to an appreciative audience. The Grand Theater and the Jefferson County Historical Museum offered tours. Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe opened on N. 4th Street.

Certainly, the highlight of it all was the incredibly creative array of Nutcrackers themselves. Kudos to Thérèse Nelson and the crew at Nelson’s of Steubenville for the imagination and skill and energy to develop this wonderful attraction.

None of it would have been possible without the financial and volunteer support of dozens of businesses, organizations and individuals. We are particularly grateful to Trinity Health System for being a presenting sponsor. Our media support came from WTOV which made sure that everyone within broadcast range knew about the event. M&M True Value, Tri-State Printing, Herald Star, Franciscan University, the Center of Music & Art, Tri-State Financial Services, IBEW and so many more ensured that the lights would be lit and the music would play and everyone would have a magical holiday experience. We mustn’t forget the hundreds of visitors who took “selfies” and then posted them on Facebook, drawing even more attendees.

The Steubenville Nutcracker Village made several lists of the best Christmas attractions in the state and we know it will continue to grow and attract many to our downtown and Historic Fort Steuben. Thanks to all who volunteered in planning, working and supporting the Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market!


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN CONTINUES

With all the excitement and attention the Nutcracker Village received, we mustn’t forget that the primary mission of the Old Fort Steuben Project is promoting history, culture and education through the exhibits and programs at Historic Fort Steuben. To raise the funds to maintain the wooden structures and develop future exhibits, we embarked on a capital campaign last fall. Thanks to all who contributed so far and who will contribute in the next few months. We are seeking 125 pledges of $1 day to meet our goal and we are 20% there. We welcome all donations! We can even arrange to have a monthly donation withdrawn automatically from your checking account. In whatever way you can help, know that your contribution goes to “Keeping History Alive!”


UPCOMING UPGRADES

Thanks to grants from several philanthropical organizations, we will be able to make some much needed improvements. All lighting both inside and outside the Fort and Visitor Center is being converted to economical and efficient LEDs. The telephone and security systems (13 years old) will be replaced with modern equipment. Most of the chain link fencing around the Land Office Park will be changed to the black aluminum that matches fencing in Fort Steuben Park. We appreciate the donations from PNC Partners, the Esther Simmons Charitable Trust and the Mary Jane Brooks Charitable Trust that will make all this possible.


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

Remember, the Museum Shop is your resource for books, maps, and charts on local and American history as well as locally produced crafts and products. Honey from Buena Vista Honey Farms, fudge from Renee’s Confections, hats, scarfs, mitts and blankets by Knit for Ewe, and nutcracker souvenirs from Nelson’s of Steubenville are all in stock. Copies of the US Constitution, information on Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery as well as books on Steubenville, Mingo Junction, Yellow Creek and the Native Americans who once inhabited the area are on our shelves. We have an excellent selection of souvenirs, post cards, and Steubenville gifts. We still have some of the clever “Advice from…” sweatshirts ($18) and the 2016 festival tee shirts are on sale for $5. Stop in and browse!


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Jan. 7: Martin Luther King, Jr. Musical Program, honoring choir director Delores Wiggins, 2nd Baptist Church, 717 Adams Street, Steubenville, 5:00 pm

Jan. 10: Gyro Sale – Holy Trinity Creek Orthodox Church Philoptochos Society, 300 S. 4th Street, Steubenville, 10am-1pm; Gyros, $7/each; Phone orders to:740.282.9835 day of sale; Fax orders to 740.282.2091

Jan. 12: Chicken Fest – Holy Trinity Greek Church, 300 S. 4th Street, Steubenville, 3:30-6:30pm, Eat in or Carry Out, $10, 740.282.9835

Jan. 14: MLK, Jr. Children & Youth Program, MLK Recreation Center, 905 Market Street, Steubenville, OH; 9:00am, 740.283.6000

Jan. 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service, First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. 4th Street, Steubenville; 6:00 pm

Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Reflection Hour & Awards Ceremony, beginning at 9:00 am at MLK Recreation Center and continuing with a memorial march to Steubenville High School, where an essay awards ceremony will be held.

Jan. 26: Motivation Unleashed Seminar 2017, featuring Rob Oliver with ShariJo Watkins, Mike Fallat, Anthony Mougianis, and Sherrie Dunlevy, Eastern Gateway Community College Auditorium, 4000 Sunset Blvd. Steubenville, noon to 4pm; Register:www.motivationunleashedseminar.com

Jan. 29: Sparkling Moments Bridal Show, presented by Herald Star & Daily Times,St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Dr., Wintersville, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm;Champagne Luncheon, Vendors, Door Prizes, Taste Testing, Goody Bags, and Grand Prize Honeymoon Trip.Free admission for brides / Guests $10 (Includes Luncheon)For Tickets: 740.283.4711;Brides Pre-Register by calling Maggie McGinnis @ 740.283.4711 Ext. 122




DECEMBER UPDATE

From the Director:

Where has the year gone? It seems like just a few months ago that we were putting away the Christmas decorations, planning spring and summer activities and wondering when the political phone calls would end! Now here we are, getting the snow tires out and trading the leaf rakes for snow shovels. At the Fort, we have a winterizing routine for the fountain and other susceptible water sources. We store away some of our more delicate displays and artifacts. We inspect the buildings and equipment. We set the events calendar for next year and plan the budget. This year, we have added to our annual duties with the preparation and opening of the Nutcracker Village, the Advent Market, the Christmas Wonderland in the Visitor Center and outdoor decorating. We are grateful for our loyal volunteers who give their time and energy to make it all possible. And we are grateful to all those who have contributed to our Dollar-A-Day Capital Campaign that will help us continue all these activities.

The new year will be here before we know it, but we will be prepared! Best wishes to all for a blessed holiday season!


FORT STEUBEN CLOSED FOR THE SEASON BUT…

Although the Fort was formally closed at the beginning of November, we have opened it up several times when the weather was pleasant. We have had people come from Kansas, Maryland and Michigan asking to tour the site and it was hard to say no on those lovely Indian summer days. So many of our visitors give praise for the quality and thoroughness of the exhibits. That’s just part of our job in “Keeping History Alive!”


IN MEMORIAM

Historic Fort Steuben lost a valuable friend and supporter with the passing of Thomas (Mike) Besch, University of Akron Surveying professor and member of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio and Surveyors Historical Society. Mike has been instrumental in developing our historical surveying exhibit and has been a regular at our annual festival. Our condolences go out to his wife, Ann, his family and fellow surveyors.

We also mourn the loss of volunteer Irene Kroskey who manned the reception desk, filtered phone calls and offered her cheery smile to all visitors. She will be missed by all of us.


MEMORIAL BRICKS

Looking for a Christmas present for the one who has everything? An engraved brick placed at the Veterans Memorial Fountain may me just thing! Bricks are $65 ($50 for members) and can have up to three lines of 15 characters. Order forms and a list of the location of each brick are at the reception desk in the Visitor Center. We can send a gift card to the recipient in time for the holidays, too. Call us at 740-283-1787.


LIGHTING UPGRADES

Historic Fort Steuben has been awarded a $14,000 grant from the Esther Simmons Charitable Trust to upgrade all the lighting within the Fort, the Visitor Center and on the grounds to LED fixtures. The change will not only make a major reduction in our electric bill but also serve to protect our exhibits from fluorescent and incandescent light damage and allow us to keep the park better illuminated.

The grant also includes funds to replace the restroom doors inside the Fort and to produce an Historic Fort Steuben coloring book.


2017 MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

We will be sending out invitations to join or renew membership in Historic Fort Steuben in the next few weeks. We truly depend on and appreciate our members! Ranging from the Explorer Level ($25) and up to the Commandant Level ($100), memberships are simple ways to support the programs and maintain the structures at the Fort, the Land Office and the Park.


ART ASSOCIATION EXHIBIT

The monthly exhibit by the Steubenville Art Association will feature winter scenes from members Bob Martin, Jeanne DpAnniballe, Larry King, Jim Watson and Francesca Veltri. Stop by and enjoy their work!.


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

The Museum Shop has been transformed into a magical holiday market as we stock Nutcracker themed items in addition to our regular fare. Check out the custom ordered 2016 Steubenville Nutcracker Village 10” collectible nutcracker that is on sale for $19.99. Among other additions are retro toys and stocking stuffers, masterpiece jigsaw puzzles and holiday activity and coloring books. Our selection of local and American history books, maps and charts are still available as are old fashioned toys and games. A new book “Snowy the Square Snowman” by local author Ryan Sperlazza. The delightful “Advice from…” sweatshirts are on sale along with Steubenville post cards and souvenirs. Be sure to include us when doing gift shopping!


NUTCRACKER VILLAGE & CHRISTMAS PARADE

This year’s Steubenville Nutcracker Village opened on Nov. 22 – over 100 unique, locally designed and produced characters line the walkways and surround the fountain area in Fort Steuben Park. Historic Fort Steuben and Nelson’s of Steubenville have been working for months to make this event memorable. Since opening, over 5,000 people have stopped in the Visitor Center!

We thank Trinity Health System as the presenting sponsor, M&M True Value and Husqvarna for providing the lit walkway and lights for the 30’ tree, our local IBEW for upgrading the electrical system in the park, the Jefferson County JVS for refurbishing the tree, Tri-State Financial for sponsoring the Holly Trolley and Allen Oil for the Hayrides. We are grateful to our Nutcracker Committee, the City of Steubenville and to WTOV9/Fox9 as supporting sponsor, letting everyone know about the event. Please take time to acknowledge all the donors who will be listed in the event program and on the website.

An original musical comedy based on the unique characters of the Steubenville Nutcrackers will be presented at the Masonic Hall on Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Wooden Heart Follies, created by Dr. John and Von Holmes, features the music from Tchaikovsky’s famous “Nutcracker Suite”, audience participation and laughter for young and old. Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Center of Music and Art are sponsors of this event.Tickets are $7/adults, $4/students, free for those under 6 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Visitor Center or online at http://woodenheartfollies.brownpapertickets.com.

For the schedule and more information on the Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market, check out the website www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com.

We are pleased to announce that the Grand Marshall for the 2016 Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade: Nutcracker Magic with be Mark Nelson and his family. The creators of the wonderful Nutcracker Village and proprietors of several businesses in town, the Nelsons have given much to the community.WTOV/Fox9 will again broadcast the parade which is sponsored by Eastern Gateway Community College and beginat noon on December 10th. There will be 6 area school bands this year as well as a great variety of floats and units. Everyone loves a parade and the 2016 Steubenville parade will be one to remember!


VISITOR CENTER NEWS

The Visitor Center is the city and county resource for events, attractions, lodging, dining and shopping. Our website lists upcoming events on the calendar and welcomes submissions to info@visitsteubenville.com.

We also work together with other organizations to develop events and attractions such as hiking/bike trails. We are part of the Implementation Team for the Community Investment Plan that provides a long-range strategy for development in the county. We are asking all residents of Jefferson County to complete the 2016 CIP Survey as we try to plan strategies for improvement and growth in the county. A copy of the survey can be obtained at the Visitor Center or online at http://www.oldfortsteuben.com/community.php. There is an opportunity to win one of three $100 gift cards for those who complete the survey


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Dec. 2: Franciscan University Chorale Christmas Concert, Christ the King Chapel, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd; 7:00pm, free

Dec. 2-4: A Warsaw Melody, student-led drama, Anathan Theatre, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd; Fri & Sat, 7:00pm, Sun, 2:00pm

Dec. 2-3: ‘A West End Christmas,’ tour of two historic Mount Pleasant properties, both on the West end of the village – The Historical Society's Elizabeth House (John Gill House) and the Samuel Gill House, recently restored by the Mount Pleasant Evangelical Friends Church. The tour will run from 5:00pm – 9:00pm on Friday, December 02, and 11:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday, December 03, and will feature sixteen period rooms decorated by local artists and designers. Tickets are only $5.00 and will be available at the summer kitchen behind the Samuel Gill House. Light refreshments will be available and Santa will be on hand for the Saturday tour, as well as a kid’s craft.

Dec. 2-3: Holiday Expo 2016, Greater Zion Temple Family Worship Center, 500 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Vendors participating will include Mary Kay, Occasions, Rooted Heart, Unique Gifts, Artistic Designs, Origami Owl, Jalil Harvey Productions, Traci Lynn Jewelry, H&R Block, Ambience Gifts, McKenzie Enterprise, “It Works” Body Wraps and Gold Canyon. 740- 282-1046.

Dec. 3: Great Expectations Christmas Parade, Downtown Toronto, OH; 5:30pm

Dec. 4: 15th Annual Holiday Splendor, vendor shopping, entertainment & luncheon fundraiser, by the OFWC/Wintersville Woman’s Club for scholarships; Florian Hall, Wintersville; 11:30 am, $30, (740) 264-0492

Dec. 6: Service of Lessons & Carols, Schola Cantorum Franciscana and the Franciscan University Chorale, Christ the King Chapel, Franciscan University, 7:00pm

Dec. 7: Wine Wednesdays, Valley Wine Cellar, 193 Main St, Wintersville; wine tasting and special discounts for club members, noon-6:00 pm

Dec. 8: Tri-State Community Band Christmas Concert, Fort Steuben Mall, Mall Drive, Steubenville, 7:00-8:00pm

Dec. 9: Gizmo Expo, to promote science, technology, engineering and math for elementary-aged students, Finnegan Fieldhouse, 2nd Floor, Franciscan University of Steubenville; 5:30-7:00 pm, 740-284-5283

Dec. 10: Great Expectations Christmas Bazaar, Toronto High School, 1305 Dennis Way, Toronto; 10am to 4:00pm

Dec. 11: 6th Annual Live Nativity, Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville; every half hour from 5:30pm to 7:30pm; (740) 264-5309

Dec. 11: An Evening of Advent and Christmas Music, Canticle Singers Catholic Youth Choir, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1443 Belleview Blvd, Steubenville; 6:00 pm, free but donations welcome

Dec. 15: Pirates of the Caribbean Winter Concert, Steubenville City Schools Orchestra, Steubenville High School Auditorium, 7:00pm, Adults/$5, Students & Seniors/$3, 740-632-3714

Dec. 16: African Children’s Choir, music and dance, Steubenville High School, 420 N. 4th St, Steubenville, 6:30pm, free but donations requested

Dec. 17: O Holy Night Gospel Concert, “Motown” gospel, YWCA Steubenville, 320 N 4th St, Steubenville, 4:00-7:00pm

Dec. 17: Mount Carmel Community Christmas Concert, 3rd annual youth concert, Mount Carmel Community Baptist Church, 708 N 5th St, Steubenville, 5:00-7:00 pm

Dec. 25: Christmas Caroling, a hayride and Christmas Caroling through downtown on Christmas night; visit the on-duty fire fighters, police and the residents at Catherine’s Care Center, as well as the poor in the projects; meet at the Friendship Room, 419 Logan St, Steubenville, 5:00-8:00pm;



NOVEMBER UPDATE

From the Director:

As November moves in, it makes me a bit sad to put the lock on the massive wooden door to Historic Fort Steuben, closing it for the season. Offering visitors the opportunity to experience the past is our primary objective and we have had a wonderful season of doing so with students, civic groups and travelers who have toured the Fort this year. It takes time to winterize the buildings as well as the grounds in Fort Steuben Park and then prepare for our newest event, the Steubenville Nutcracker Village. Over the winter months we will work on expanding our exhibits and developing more informational panels and handouts. It’s also the time we work on fundraising and grant proposals to ensure that all our programs can continue. Our Dollar-A-Day Capital Campaign is still ongoing; please consider donating during this month of Thanksgiving…and be assured of our thanks!


STUDENTS & TEACHERS AT THE FORT

Last month 143fifth grade students in the Steubenville City Schools had a chance to experience the past during our Fall Field Days. From working with period surveying tools to dipping candles to learning about 18th century medical techniques to watching a muzzleloader demonstration, both the students and teachers expanded their knowledge and – as one student said – “discovered that history could be fun!” We especially thank the Beaver Creek Wildlife Center for providing exhibits and knowledgeable presenters who could answer the many questions the students posed about the animals native to the area. Thanks to the Walmart Distribution Center for funding this and other educational programs.


MEMORIAL BRICKS

Another order of engraved bricks has been installed around the Veterans Memorial Fountain. These bricks are a long-lasting tribute to a person or event and are another way to support the Fort. Bricks are $65 ($50 for members) and can have up to three lines of 15 characters. Order forms and a list of the location of each brick are at the reception desk in the Visitor Center.


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

The Museum Shop will be transformed into a magical holiday market as we stock Nutcracker themed items in addition to our regular fare. Among the new additions are retro toys and stocking stuffers, masterpiece jigsaw puzzles and holiday activity and coloring books. Our selection of local and American history books, maps and charts are still available as are old fashioned toys and games. The delightful “Advice from…” sweatshirts are on sale along with Steubenville post cards and souvenirs. Be sure to include us when doing gift shopping!


MURAL RESTORATIONS CONTINUE

Artist Rusty Baker has completed restoring the impressive Steel Mill Memories mural, located on the north side of Washington Street near Commercial Alley. This monumental painting depicts the men who endured the heat and danger of the steel mills that were the economic driver of the area for so many years. We are accepting donations to cover the cost of this mural and to help restore the other murals that grace the city beginning in the spring. Help us fulfill our obligation to preserve these important works of Ohio Valley history and art.


NUTCRACKER VILLAGE & CHRISTMAS PARADE

This year’s Steubenville Nutcracker Village will open Nov. 22 – over 100 unique, locally designed and produced characters will line the walkways and surround the fountain area in Fort Steuben Park. Historic Fort Steuben and Nelson’s of Steubenville have been working for months to make this event memorable.

We have been blessed by the wonderful support we have received this year. Besides having Trinity Health System as presenting sponsor, M&M True Value has donated the awesome twinkling tunnel of light, M&M and Husqvarna provided lights for the 30’ tree, and dozens of groups and individuals contributed to the holiday lights around the tree and park area.An additional number of businesses and organizations have donated to provide the infrastructure, decorations and activities associated with the Nutcracker Village and Advent Market. Special thanks go to our local IBEW for upgrading the electrical system in the park to safely handle all the lights and equipment and to the Jefferson County JVS for refurbishing the tree. At least 12 artisans and 5 food vendors will participate in the Advent Market, running on the four weekends after Thanksgiving. Hay rides (sponsored by QuikMart), the Holly Trolley (sponsored by Tri-State Financial Services), the Christmas Wonderland in the Visitor Center, and live entertainment will add to the festivities. We are grateful to our Nutcracker Committee that has worked to put this together and raise the funds for this endeavor. Thanks also to WTOV9/Fox9 as supporting sponsor, letting everyone know about the event. Please take time to acknowledge all the donors who will be listed in the event program and on the website.

An original musical comedy based on the unique characters of the Steubenville Nutcrackers will be presented at the Masonic Hall on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Wooden Heart Follies, created by Dr. John and Von Holmes, will feature the music from Tchaikovsky’s famous “Nutcracker Suite”, audience participation and laughter for young and old. Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Center of Music and Art are sponsors of this event.Tickets are $7/adults, $4/students, free for those under 6 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Visitor Center or online at http://woodenheartfollies.brownpapertickets.com.

For the schedule and more information on the Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market, check out the new website www.steubenvillenutcrackervillage.com.

We are pleased to note that WTOV/Fox9 will again broadcast live this year’s Eastern Gateway Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade. The theme is Nutcracker Magic and will be at noon on December 10th. There will be 6 area school bands this year as well as a great variety of floats and units. Everyone loves a parade and the 2016 Steubenville parade will be one to remember!


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Nov. 2: Wine Wednesday, Valley Wine Cellar, wine and cheese samples, 193 Main Street, Wintersville, 12-6pm;

November 4, 5, 11, and 12, at 7:00 p.m., and November 6 and 13, at 2:00 p.m.: Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy set in modern day Sicily; Anathan Theater, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Admission is free for clergy and religious, and children ages 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 740-283-6245.

Nov. 5: Prayer Breakfast, fundraiser by MLK Association for scholarships, Franciscan University, J. C. Williams Center, Gentile Art Hall (lower level), 1235 University Boulevard, Steubenville, Ohio. 9:00 am; Donation: $10.00.The goal of the Association is to raise funds for scholarships for qualifying students.

Nov. 7: The Pittsburgh Ballet Company performing Act II from The Nutcracker presented by the Ohio Valley Music Guild, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; 5:00-9:00pm, dinner and performance, adults $40, children $20; 740.264.0292

Nov. 10: Chicken Fest, Holy Trinity Greek Church, 300 S. 4th Street, Steubenville; eat in or carry out, 3:30pm to 6:30 pm; $10, 740-282-9835

Nov. 11: Faith in the Future Annual Prayer Breakfast, Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant, 501 Washington Street, Steubenville; 8:00 am, rsvp 740-282-1132;

Nov. 11: Steubenville Veterans Day Program, Fort Steuben Mall, Center Court, Mall Drive; 11:00 am;

Nov. 11: Dedication of Veterans Memorial Flagpole, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd; 11:00 am;

Nov. 12: Annual Santa’s Runway Craft & Vendor Show, benefit for Friendship Room Warming Center, Event features food & baked goods; unique crafts; handmade products; Cash and Carry Sales from your favorite vendors; big prizes and giveaways; 50/50 Raffle; door prizes and much more! Millsop Community Center, 3420 Main Street, Weirton, WV; 10am-4pm;

Nov. 12: Family Funfest, food, fun, games, movie and hayride at Brightway Center, 2511 County Road 15, Rayland, Ohio 43943; 4:30-9:00 pm; (740) 733-7480

Nov. 15: Alan Fitzpatrick, Author of “The White Indians” Talk & Book Signing, Schiappa Branch Library, Mall Drive, Steubenville; 6:00 pm

Nov. 19: 7th Annual Purple Palooza, Dinner, Raffles, Dancing and Fundraising event to benefit cancer screening at Trinity Health System; St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; Tickets: Single – $35;Table for 8 – $270;To order tickets call:740.317.9464

Nov. 20: United Way Watch Party, Pottery Addition Fire Department, 448 Kingsdale Rd., Steubenville, Silent Auction, 50/50, Raffles; Tickets- $35 single;$65 couple includes dinner and two drinks. 12:00-5:00pm;

Nov. 30: What’s Up Downtown- Nelson’s of Steubenville; 980 Lincoln Avenue, Steubenville; tour the home of the Steubenville Nutcrackers, 5:00-7:00 pm; 740-282-7101



OCTOBER 2016 UPDATE

From the Director:

It’s fully fall with the cooler days and autumn festivals and those ubiquitous pumpkins! At Historic Fort Steuben we gear up for students who visit as part of their educational studies. But the adults who visit may gain even more. Our Interpreters try to relate the events surrounding the original Fort Steuben, the survey of the Northwest Territory and the development of the Ordinance of 1787 to current events. We include the good that as a nation that we can be proud of as well as the bad that we hope we can learn from. An old saying goes that you can’t know where you’re going until you see where you’ve been, and that is one of the most important roles of historic sites and museums. If you haven’t toured the Fort recently, try to visit this month and get a refresher course in history. Depending on the weather, the Fort will close for the season around Nov. 1.


IN MEMORIAM

With great sadness we acknowledge the passing of two women who have been a special part of Historic Fort Steuben.

Marilyn Johnson with her husband, Gayle, was actively involved in the early years of reconstructing and developing Historic Fort Steuben. She worked with the De-He-Wa-Mis Chapter of Questers to obtain many of the period furnishings that provide authenticity to the exhibits in the buildings. She was a faithful friend and supporter over the years and will be missed.

Anita Jackson was a board member and supporter of the Fort as well as of dozens of other community organizations and church activities. With grace and enthusiasm, she “made things happen.” We are so glad that we asked her last year to be Grand Marshall of the Steubenville Christmas parade in honor of her efforts; she said it was one of the highlights of her life.

Our condolences go out to the families and friends of these exceptional women.


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN BEGUN

Did you receive a letter announcing the launch of our 2016 Capital Campaign…an effort to raise $1/day from 150 people? These funds will be earmarked for the maintenance and physical improvements of Historic Fort Steuben – projects that are ongoing yet with ever-increasing costs. We know that you receive numerous requests from truly valuable organizations; please include the Old Fort Steuben Project in your monthly or annual giving, and consider including us in your legacy planning as well. If you didn’t receive a letter, you can download a form from the website or simply send a check to the Old Fort Steuben Project, with Capital Campaign in the memo line. Thank you for your support!


ANNUAL FALL FIELD DAYS

Every October all the fifth grade students in the Steubenville City Schools have the opportunity to participate in special tours of the Historic Fort Steuben.Not only do they visit each of the reconstructed buildings and view the detailed exhibits, but they also meet the candle maker, the flintknapper, the frontiersman and the blacksmith and close the day with a noisy demonstration of the flintlock. We can offer reduced rates for this event thanks to a grant from the Walmart Distribution Center.


VOLUNTEER TOUR GUIDES SOUGHT

Historic Fort Steuben is dependent on our volunteers to make history come alive for visitors. We provide training for anyone who is interested in becoming an Interpreter. Call for more information.


STEEL WORKER MURAL RESTORATION

Artist Rusty Baker has begun the process of restoring the impressive Steel Mill Memories mural, located on the north side of Washington Street near Commercial Alley. This monumental painting depicts the men who endured the heat and danger of the steel mills that were the economic driver of the area for so many years. Now that the fresh paint is being applied, you can see how faded the mural was. When the restoration is completed it will really stand out. We are accepting donations to the mural project, either by mail or through the PayPal account on our website. Help us fulfill our obligation to preserve this important piece of Ohio Valley history.


NUTCRACKER & PARADE PLANNING

We are privileged to announce that Trinity Health System will be the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Steubenville Nutcracker Village. “This is an outstanding event,” said Joe Tasse, interim director of Trinity Health System, adding that the spirit of the event matches with Trinity’s goals. “It celebrates all faiths, which I think is very important. It has a national scope. I can’t tell you how pleased we are.”

An additional number of businesses and organizations have contributed to provide the infrastructure, decorations and activities associated with the Nutcracker Village and Advent Market. There will be over 100 unique Nutcrackers that will inhabit Fort Steuben Park from Nov. 22 to Jan. 8. At least 12 artisans and 4 food vendors will participate in the Advent Market, running on the four weekends after Thanksgiving. Hay rides, the Holly Trolley, the Christmas Wonderland in the Visitor Center, and live entertainment will add to the festivities.

The Jefferson County JVS students under the direction of Roger Hilty will be cleaning up, testing and repairing the 30’ Christmas Tree that then will be installed in the fountain.We received many generous donations from businesses and individuals towards lighting the tree and accompanying wreaths and decorations. M&M True Value and Husqvarna have provided the LED lights and the local IBEW is assisting us in upgrading the electrical components in the park.Please be sure to note all the donors that will be listed in the event program.

An original musical comedy based on the unique characters of the Steubenville Nutcrackers will be presented at the Masonic Hall on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18. Wooden Heart Follies, created by Dr. John and Von Holmes, will feature the music from Tchaikovsky’s famous “Nutcracker Suite”, audience participation and laughter for young and old. Thank you to Franciscan University of Steubenville for helping sponsor this event.

For more information, check out the Steubenville Nutcracker Village Facebook page or the Nutcracker Village page at oldfortsteuben.com.

This year’s Eastern Gateway Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade theme is Nutcracker Magic and will be held on December 10th. Invitations have been sent out but if you or your organization would like to participate let us know as soon as possible by calling 740-283-4935 or info@visitsteubenville.com.


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your roots at the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, from 10am to 2pm, 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 740-346-2820

Wednesdays up to Oct. 12: Farmers’ Gateway Market, 4:30-6:30pm, at the EGCC parking lot at the corner of Sunset Blvd & John Scott Highway, Steubenville, 740-264-9790

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Explore local history at the Jefferson County Historical Museum from 10am to 3pm, 426 Franklin Ave, Steubenville, 740-283-1133

Thursdays: Downtown Farmers’ Market at the corner of S. 3rd Street and South Street, 8am-1pm

Weekends: Dark View Haunted Attraction, 2257 Co Rd68, Toronto; www.welcometodarkview.com

Sundays: Find more local history at the Main Street Museum, 210 Main Street, Toronto open from 1-4pm (also Wednesdays from 10am-1pm), 740-537-2157

Oct. 5: Wine Wednesday, Valley Wine Cellar, wine and cheese samples, 193 Main Street, Wintersville, 12-6pm;

Oct. 5: Taste of Jefferson County, presented by the United Way of Jefferson County, an evening of local foods, desserts and drink, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Dr., Wintersville, 5-8pm, $35; for tickets call 740.284.9000; www.unitedway-jc.org

Oct. 7-9: St. Francis Festival and Franciscan Homecoming Weekend, Franciscan University of Steubenville, University Blvd; for full schedule see visit www.franciscan.edu/homecoming/.

Oct. 8: City Zoo, Parks & Recreation and Fishers Council present a day of fun with a Scarecrow Competition, MLK Recreation Center, 905 Market Street, Steubenville; 10am-2pm; 740-283-6000

Oct. 9: Day Out With Dad, for kids, teens, dads and male mentors, learn about health resources, habits and eating, Belleview Park, 1020 Brady Ave. Steubenville, 2-5pm; 866-588-8322

Oct. 10: Fighting for Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro, Herald Star Speaker Series, an evening with the Emmy Award-Winning legal analyst; Steubenville High School; 7:30 pm; $20; 740-283-4711;

Oct. 12: Reading by Sofia Starnes, prize winning poet, St. Joseph Center, Franciscan University, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville, 7:00pm

Oct. 13: Chad Pregracke Presentation, founder of Living Lands & Water will speak on his efforts to clean up the nation’s waterways; Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville; 6-7pm displays by area Soil & Water Conservation Districts, 7 pm presentation; Free

Oct. 15: Toronto Oktoberfest, food, fun, beer, & entertainment, family activities 2-6pm, adult activities 6pm-2am; Misty River Marina, 1200 North River Ave, Toronto; www.thegemcity.org

Oct. 15: Barks, Bourbon & Brews, Benefit for Jefferson County Humane Society, Food, Music, Craft Beer, Bourbon, Cigars.St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; 5pm-10:30pm; VIP Admission $35; General Admission $25; 740.314.5583

Oct. 15-16: Colonial Trade Faire, reenactors demonstrate historic trades and sell wares; Historic Schoenbrunn Village, St. Rt. 259 outside New Philadelphia; 10-5 Saturday, 10-4 Sunday, 740-922-6776 or http://schoenbrunnvillagefair.org/

Oct. 22: 1st Annual Von Steuben Oktoberfest, authentic German food, crafted beer, entertainment, Froehlich’s Classic Corner, 501 Washington St, Steubenville, 4pm-12am; $30 or $2-pay-as-you-go tickets; 740-283-9901

Oct. 28: 2nd Annual Halloween Costume Cruise presented by Michael B. Carapellotti Charitable Foundation; Departing the Steubenville Marina on Gateway Clipper. Boarding 8:00pm, set sail at 8:30pm. $100 – includes Admission, Open Bar, Buffet Dinner.Also Live Music, Cash Bar and Judges vote Costume Contest. For Tickets call:740.461.0069.

Oct. 29: Annual Community Halloween Party sponsored by Steubenville Parks and Recreation; Local youth are invited to join in the spook-tacular fun as a DJ, prizes and Halloween themed carnival games will line the gym.The party is free and open to all citizens of the city.The first 100 children who enter will receive a free goodie bag.7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. For additional information please call the Parks and Recreation offices@ 740-283-6000 ext. 4000.



SEPTEMBER UPDATE

From the Director:

As summer draws to a close, our volunteers at Historic Fort Steuben switch from tourism mode to educational mode in order to welcome the hundreds of students who will visit the Fort this autumn. For some of the students, touring the Fort is a novel experience; this may be their first exposure to an historical site or museum. There is almost too much information to absorb in an hour and a half so we try to help them focus on the basics: When was the Fort built? Why was it built? Who built it? What was life like for those who were here? Why is it important for us to know about it today? Making history interesting and relevant to the next generation and helping them understand how we have developed over the decades are among our objectives. Having an actual, physical place where they can see, hear, feel and even smell the past reinforces the facts and pictures they view in their texts and classes. It is so rewarding when a student returns bringing family members to tour the Fort. It means we’ve done our job!

That is why we continue to add to and enhance the displays and programs we offer at Historic Fort Steuben. One of the newest additions is a 12-foot canoe, allowing students to better imagine the difficulties of early river transportation. We are also adding to our display on the contributions of Baron von Steuben who is credited by many historians for conceiving the idea of the Military Badge of Merit – now referred to as the Purple Heart.

None of this could be possible without the support of members, friends, volunteers, charitable foundations, businesses and organizations who recognize the value of our presence here. Thank you to all who help us as we continue “Keeping History Alive!”


CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TO BEGIN

Watch for a letter announcing the launch of our 2016 Capital Campaign…an effort to raise $1/day from 150 people. These funds would be earmarked for the maintenance, and physical improvements of Historic Fort Steuben – projects that are ongoing yet with ever-increasing costs. We know that you receive numerous requests from truly valuable organizations; please include the Old Fort Steuben Project in your monthly or annual giving, and consider including us in your legacy planning as well.


CELEBRATE THE CONSTITUTION

Our annual exhibit on the Constitution and the founders who were instrumental in its development will again be on display to commemorate Constitution Day, September 17. In this presidential election year, the Constitution has again become a noted point of discussion and the exhibit reminds us that it was a hotly debated and compromised effort. Partnering with the Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, we will again offer visitors the opportunity to “sign the Constitution” and to watch an excellent video dramatization of the Constitutional Convention. You can purchase a handy pocket Constitution in the Museum Shop for $3.95. This copy includes interesting facts and landmark cases that are especially relevant as we ponder the issues that make today’s headlines.


SUMMER CONCERTS

“What will we do now on Thursday evenings?” was a common lament at our final concert last month. This year’s schedule was pummeled by the weather but we did manage to have eleven great concerts by talented performers. Lots of gratitude go to our generous sponsors and appreciative audience. Please thank and patronize the advertisers in our program for their valuable support. We welcome suggestions for next year’s concert series so let us know how we can make them even better!


SPONSOR A DAY

We are grateful to the Steubenville Electrical LMCC for sponsoring a day at Historic Fort Steuben in honor of the men and women of the American Labor Movement who “sacrificed themselves that we may enjoy the end of child labor, heinous working conditions, and unsafe work sites.” It costs about $250/day to operate the Fort Steuben complex. We invite organizations and individuals to consider sponsoring a day to mark an event or occasion.


SCHEDULING FORT AND MURAL TOURS

If you would like to bring a family, club or church group to tour the Fort, be sure to call in advance to qualify for a group discount and to have one of our knowledgeable Interpreters make your visit entertaining. Tours of the City of Murals can also be arranged. For bus or van tours, our step-on guides tell the stories behind the larger-than-life paintings. A tour also can be scheduled using our Trolley. Call Mary at 740-283-4935 for more details and pricing.


MURAL RESTORATION

As custodians of the “City of Murals” program, we are committed to maintaining these public works of art as well as commissioning new ones. This month artist Rusty Baker will begin the process of restoring the impressive Steel Mill Memories mural, located on the north side of Washington Street near Commercial Alley. This monumental painting depicts the men who endured the heat and danger of the steel mills that were the economic driver of the area for so many years. We are accepting donations to the restoration of the mural, either by mail or through the PayPal account on our website. Help us fulfill our obligation to preserve this important piece of Ohio Valley history.


SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM DAY LIVE!

Historic Fort Steuben will be participating in the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day event. On September 24th, all participating museums will extend free admission to every visitor (plus one guest) who presents a Museum Day Live! admission card. Hundreds of museums around the country are participating in this one day to celebrate curiosity and learning. To download an Admission Card and find all the participating venues, go to http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016


OHIO RIVER SCENIC BYWAY

Historic Fort Steuben and the Visitor Center are part of the Ohio River Scenic Byway that takes travelers from East Liverpool, Ohio along the river to Cincinnati and on to Indiana and Illinois. A trip down the Byway is a pleasant weekend activity, especially as the fall festivals and colors are coming up. Check out the events along the Byway on the Facebook Page: Ohio River Trail - Ohio River Scenic Byway.


NUTCRACKER & PARADE PLANNING

Planning for the 2016 Christmas Parade, Nutcracker Village and Advent Market is well underway. This year there will be about 100 Nutcrackers in Fort Steuben Park and more artisan and food booths in the Market. In addition to the free hayrides, there will be the Holly Trolley and special tours of downtown sites. The Market will be held over 4 weekends with entertainment. And to top it all off, an original musical by John and Von Holmes based on the Steubenville Nutcrackers will be presented during the event.

Do you want to be part of the magic? We welcome sponsors at a variety of levels and there are still openings for artisans. For more information, contact us at 740-283-1787 or info@oldfortsteuben.com.

This year’s parade theme is Nutcracker Magic and will be held on December 10th.Invitations will be sent out at the end of this month. If you would like to participate let us know by calling 740-283-4935 or info@visitsteubenville.com.


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your roots at the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, from 10am to 2pm, 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 740-346-2820

Wednesdays: Farmers’ Gateway Market, 4:30-6:30pm, at the EGCC parking lot at the corner of Sunset Blvd & John Scott Highway, Steubenville, 740-264-9790

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Explore local history at the Jefferson County Historical Museum from 10am to 3pm, 426 Franklin Ave, Steubenville, 740-283-1133

Thursdays: Downtown Farmers’ Market at the corner of S. 3rd Street and South Street, 8am-1pm

Thursdays: Concerts at the Gazebo, N. 3rd & Market Streets, Toronto, 7pm, donations, 740-537-2989

Saturdays: Toronto Community Market at the corner of N. 4th and Clark Streets, Toronto, 9:30am-1pm

Sundays: Find more local history at Toronto’s Main Street Museum, 210 Main Street, Toronto open from 1-4pm (also Wednesdays from 10am-1pm), 740-537-2157

Sept. 3-4: 39th Festival of the Arts, over 100 vendors, a car show, continuous live entertainment, the Charlie Vantiburg Cornhole Tournament, the THS Poetry Contest, the Teeny-Tiny Turtle Race, great food and so much more, Sat. 10-8, Sun. 12-5, on the City Commons, Toronto, www.focusintoronto.com/festival

Sept. 10: Ohio River Cruise with Chad Pregracke, luncheon cruise on Gateway Clipper with author and founder of Living Lands and Waters, limited tickets available $50, Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District, 740.264.9790.

Sept. 10-11: Elizabethtown Festival, 1800’s heritage festival within the walls of the former WV Penitentiary, Moundsville WV, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; 304-845-6200

Sept. 15: Jefferson County Historical Association Dinner, speaker Dr. Lou Martin on the Steel Industry of the Ohio Valley, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville, 5:30 pm, $30, call for reservations 740-283-1133

Sept. 16: POW/MIA Ceremony, Veterans’ Flagpole at Historic Fort Steuben, 12:00 noon

Sept. 17: All About That Jazz, Ohio Valley Music Guild dinner and entertainment, Steubenville Country Club, Lovers Lane, 5:30 pm, tickets $40, call Debbie Elias:740.266.2203 or Joyce Ryan-Orlando:740.264.0292

Sept. 17: Autumn Lantern Tour, Historic Schoenbrunn Village, New Philadelphia, OH, 7:30-9:30pm, Adults: $7 Seniors: $5 7-17: $4 Under 7: Free, 740-922-6776

Sept. 20: The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the Presidents, presentation by Kyle Kondik, Schiappa Public Library, 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville, 6:00 pm, limited seating so register in advance, 740.264.6166.

Sept. 29: From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America, presentation by Aaron Krerowicz, 60 minute multi-media program, Schiappa Public Library, Steubenville, limited seating so register in advance, 740.264.6166.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Festival of Friendship: You Are a Good for Me, theatrical and musical performances, a 5K Walk/Run, food vendors, kids’ activities, and the chance to join discussions about work, leisure, friendship, and family life; Bellevue Park, 945 Brady Ave, Steubenville, FREE, www.http://revolutionoftenderness.net/

Oct. 1: Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum October Fest, Assorted holiday crafts, homemade soups, sandwiches, baked goods and refreshments available, Knoxville Volunteer Fire Dept. State Rt. 152, Knoxville, OH, 10am-3pm, 740.283.1626

Oct. 1: Veterans Health Fair, flu shots, dental screening, eye exams, benefit info and more, 500 Market Street, 2nd floor, Steubenville

Oct. 1-2: Pleasant Hill School House Historical Museum Pumpkin Festival, Visit the pumpkin patch, select a pumpkin and proceed to the barn to carve or paint your pumpkin.Volunteers will be available to assist with the pumpkin decorating. Apple cider, pumpkin cookies and popcorn will be available for purchase, The Crawford Farm, Rt. 152, Knoxville, 10am-5pm, 740.544.5666



AUGUST UPDATE

In 1786, men of the 1st American Regiment were proceeding to the Ohio Country, the untamed land west of the Ohio River. Their mission was to protect the United States government surveyors of the Northwest Territory from attacks by native tribes and by illegal squatters who were not willing to surrender the land to the new federal government. Sound familiar? Confrontations over land use and ownership continue to this day. When touring Historic Fort Steuben, visitors learn how current events are related to our past and why understanding our history helps us understand issues today.

If you want to support our work in “Keeping History Alive,” please consider ways you can contribute: become a member, sponsor a day or event, purchase a memorial brick, remember the Old Fort Steuben Project in your annual giving and legacy planning…or simply volunteer. As a private non-profit, we depend on your generosity!


MILITARY TOURS THE FORT

As part of their educational requirements, 53 members of a transportation unit of the Ohio National Guard drove their military vehicles to Steubenville and toured Historic Fort Steuben.

It was a great opportunity to compare the modern military with the infant American army that built the original Fort Steuben. Humvees, jeeps and trucks are a far cry from the horses and wagons that served to haul equipment across the Pennsylvania trails to the Ohio Country in 1786. The camouflage uniforms are certainly more practical (and cooler) than the heavy woolen and linen worn by the men of the 1st American Regiment.The sturdy boots of today’s soldiers are a contrast with the quality and lack of supply that those early recruits dealt with.

Since Historic Fort Steuben participates in the Blue Star Museum program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense, and Blue Star Families, active duty military and their immediate families have free admission through Labor Day.


KNOW THE CONSTITUTION?

In this presidential election year, the Constitution has again become a noted point of discussion. Whether you haven’t looked at this important document since high school or you more recently examined it, you can obtain a handy yet informative pocket Constitution in the Museum Shop for $3.95. This copy includes interesting facts and landmark cases that are especially relevant as we ponder the issues that make today’s headlines.


SUMMER CONCERTS CONTINUE

We still have three more concerts scheduled this month:

August 4: Golden Oldies with One-A-Chord and Geezecats

August 11: Classic Oldies with Roz & Lynn and Original Fantasy’s

August 18: R&B, Funk and Soul with House of Soul (1-hour performance)

It has been a hot and wet summer but our audience has been so loyal! Thanks to all our generous sponsors and the talented performers who have provided high quality entertainment all summer.


SCHEDULING FORT AND MURAL TOURS

If you would like to bring a family, club or church group to tour the Fort, be sure to call in advance to qualify for a group discount and to have one of our knowledgeable Interpreters make your visit entertaining. Tours of the City of Murals can also be arranged. For bus or van tours, our step-on guides tell the stories behind the larger-than-life paintings. A tour also can be scheduled using our Trolley. Call Mary at 740-283-4935 for more details and pricing.


NEW IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

Ali LaVecchia, author of the young adult Booger and Beans Mysteries, has set the fifth book of her series in Steubenville, using the murals and several City landmarks as major parts of the plot. The books relate the adventures of Quinn (Beans) Fagioli who considers herself a modern Nancy Drew, and her friend Balthazar (Booger) Bugerowski.LaVecchia was a long time middle school and high school teacher and captures the typical delight and drama of the age group. The Case of the Mascot’s Missing Fire and the other books in the series are $12 each in the Museum Shop.

The Shop is your best resource for Steubenville souvenirs and local history.


EXPLORE MORE LOCAL HISTORY

Historic Fort Steuben works with other groups in preserving and promoting local history. One unique place in our county is Mount Pleasant. Originally established in the early 19th century as a Quaker village, it became a center of the abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad. The village includes many of the original buildings which will be open for their annual tour on August 6 & 7. It’s worth the drive!


NUTCRACKER & PARADE PLANNING

Although it’s steamy now, before we know it the fall and winter weather will be upon us, along with the holiday season. Planning for the Nutcracker Village and Advent Market is well underway. This year there will be about 100 Nutcrackers in Fort Steuben Park and more artisan and food booths in the Market. In addition to the free hayrides, there will be the Holly Trolley and special tours of downtown sites. The Market will be held over 4 weekends with entertainment on S. 3rd Street. And to top it all off, an original musical by John and Von Holmes based on the Steubenville Nutcrackers will be presented during the event.

Do you want to be part of the magic? We welcome sponsors at a variety of levels and there are still openings for artisans. For more information, contact us at 740-283-1787 or info@oldfortsteuben.com.

This year’s Christmas Parade with a Nutcracker theme will be held on December 10th and invitations will be sent out at the end of this month. If you would like to participate let us know by calling 740-283-4935 or info@visitsteubenville.com.


SUPPORT YOUR FORT!

Historic Fort Steuben has benefited from a grant from the JC Williams Charitable Trust to help repair and/or replace the entrance steps and ramps to various buildings in the Fort. The continued maintenance on these wooden structures is a substantial portion of our annual budget and grants and donations toward these efforts are greatly appreciated.

The family of former State Representative Art Bowers and his wife Betty wanted to leave a lasting but practical memorial to their parents. The way they chose do it was by contributing a beautiful 8-foot metal bench that has been installed in the Land Office Park. Set beside markers to other city notables, the bench is a lovely addition to this historic site.

One of our faithful members came by and gave us a check for $1000 towards our operational expenses. He said that he had to “spend down” his savings and couldn’t think of a better way to spend it. Such contributions are another way to Support Your Fort and ensure that the good that was begun 30 years ago will continue to keep history alive for the next generation.


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your roots at the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, from 10am to 2pm, 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 740-346-2820

Wednesdays: Farmers’ Gateway Market, 4:30-6:30pm, at the EGCC parking lot at the corner of Sunset Blvd & John Scott Highway, Steubenville, 740-264-9790

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Explore local history at the Jefferson County Historical Museum from 10am to 3pm, 426 Franklin Ave, Steubenville, 740-283-1133

Thursdays: Downtown Farmers’ Market at the corner of S. 3rd Street and South Street, 8am-1pm

Thursdays: Concerts at the Gazebo, N. 3rd & Market Streets, Toronto, 7pm, donations, 740-537-2989

Thursdays: Gazebo Summer Concerts, Warren Township Park, 400 Williams St, Tiltonsville, 7pm, donations

Saturdays: Toronto Community Market at the corner of N. 4th and Clark Streets, Toronto, 9:30am-1pm

Sundays: Find more local history at the Main Street Museum, 210 Main Street, Toronto open from 1-4pm (also Wednesdays from 10am-1pm), 740-537-2157

Aug. 5: Building Our Future Fundraiser, concert with great Christian entertainers and more to benefit Christ’s Community Church, taking place at Word of Life Fellowship, 565 Lovers Lane, Steubenville; 7-9pm, donations

Aug. 6-7: Annual Historic Home Tour, Mount Pleasant, Sat., 10am-6pm, Sun., 1pm-4pm; Adults-$15, Students-$7.50, tours take about 2½ hours

Aug. 10: Second Annual Dog Days of Summer, cool off your dog at Belleview Community Pool, noon-7pm, donations accepted for Jefferson County Humane Society, call 740-283-6000 ext. 4000 for more information

Aug. 14: First Responders’ Appreciation Banquet, honoring those who serve in Toronto, Ohio. Karaffa Elementary School, 1307 Dennis Way, Toronto, 5pm-8pm. Cost of tickets to the Appreciation Banquet is $15.00. The public is invited to attend and if possible to donate the cost of a meal for the Responders and family.Tickets may be purchased at: Toronto Apothecary, Ratti State Farm Insurance, Clarke Funeral Home and the Toronto City Building.

Aug. 17: Back to School Bash & Concert, music and more sponsored by Urban Mission, Berkman Amphitheater, 4th & Market Streets, Steubenville, 1pm-2:30pm,

Aug. 18-21: The Terrible Time Machine of Eloise Mortfellow, original musical, Catholic Central High School, 320 Westview Avenue, Steubenville; admission $4, kids under 11 are free; Th, F, Sat-7pm, Sun-3pm

September 3-4: Toronto’s 39th Festival of the Arts, car show, entertainment, crafts, food, vendors and more! 3rd & Market Streets, Toronto, Sat. 10-8, Sun. 12-5;



JULY UPDATE

Summer is here in all its rich, bounteous glory and folks are taking time to enjoy friends, family, travel and the great outdoors. We are welcoming more travelers to the Visitor Center and the Fort and are keeping busy giving directions, selling souvenirs and presenting the history of the town and the fort it was named after. We continue to seek volunteers to work at the reception desk and to be the friendly face who greets visitors. If you have a few free hours each week, consider joining our team of volunteers this summer!


INDEPENDENCE DAY

Although the Fort and Visitor Center will be closed on July 4th, there will be a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Fountain at 10am sponsored by Faith in the Future to honor our military and begin the city’s festivities.


SUCCESSFUL ANNUAL FESTIVALS

June was the month for festivals and we were grateful for good weather and excellent attendance at both Ohio Valley Frontier Days and the Hometown Celebration. With lots of help from our faithful volunteers and businesses and organizations in the community, the events brought music, color, history, fun and food to the downtown area.


SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM

There are still a few openings in the second session of the Summer Youth Educational Program which runs from July 11 to July 15 for students in grades 4-6. Hands-on activities and crafts, guest demonstrators, videos, map and reading skills as well as games make it a fun way to learn. Topics include the Native Americans of Ohio, the history of and daily life in the original Fort Steuben, the survey and settlement of the Northwest Territory, the expedition of Lewis & Clark, and archaeology field techniques. The cost is $55 and application forms can be obtained by calling or stopping at the Visitor Center.


A REMEMBRANCE SERVICE

Last year we lost a long-time volunteer and supporter of Historic Fort Steuben when Terry Zavacky died in a tragic auto accident.Among his many contributions, Terry loved to give tours, demonstrate the muzzleloader for our school groups and, with his wife Jayne, helped equip the Blacksmith and the Quartermaster’s Store. Terry also worked with the Jefferson County Historical Association and was a major contributor of time and talent to the refurbishment of the Pleasant Hill School House. At the request of his family, a small ceremony to honor his memory will be held at the Veterans Memorial Fountain on Saturday, July 9th at noon. We hope that many who remember and appreciate his generous spirit will join us.


SUMMER CONCERTS CONTINUE

After a few setbacks due to weather, the Summer Concerts will continue on schedule. The performers who will grace the stage of the Berkman Amphitheater this month are the Buffington Brothers opening for Ryan Cain & the Ables (July 7), House of Soul (July 14), Steve Free opening for Hoard & Jones (July 21), and Adrian Niles opening for Jeff Jimerson & Airborne (July 28). We also have several concession booths selling food, gelato, popcorn, crafts, candy and souvenirs so be prepared for a delightful evening by the Ohio River!


FORT UPGRADES

We are pleased to have had Freshwater Construction replace a number of ramps and steps into the Fort buildings, offering more accessible and safe entries. We also had some repairs made to the restrooms and water fountain. Continual maintenance and repair of the wooden structures are a major part of our budget and we depend on donations, grants and bequests to meet these expenses.Your tax deductible contributions go a long way to help us pay those bills! Please consider ways you can help to ensure that the Fort will continue “Keeping History Alive!” for years to come.


CIVIL WAR PROGRAM

All are invited to a town hall event at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center on August 13th to support the documentary production of Raiders on the Ohio. The Buffington Island Battlefield Preservation Foundation is gathering a collection of stories and oral histories in an effort to expand the knowledge and awareness of CSA General John Hunt Morgan’s Great Raid of 1863.

This event is part of the fund-raising effort to gather stories and oral histories of descendants of Morgan's Great Raid of 1863, or those impacted by the raid - Union or Confederate. Many of these stories and oral histories will be included in the documentary. The event is free and open to the public. Refer to www.raidersontheohio.com and www.facebook.com/raidersontheohio for more information.


CHRISTMAS TREE, NUTCRACKER VILLAGE & ADVENT MARKET

We continue to accept donations towards lighting the 30’ Christmas Tree at Fort Steuben Park. We also are seeking sponsors for the Steubenville Nutcracker Village which will run from Nov. 22 to Jan. 8. Invitations to apply to be a vendor in the Advent Market have been sent out. It may be warm now but we are busy getting ready for our newest holiday attraction! For more information, visit our website www.oldfortsteuben.com/nutcrackervillage.php.


ART ASSOCIATION DISPLAY

The Steubenville Art Association will have works by a number of their member artists on display in the Visitor Center through July. Stop by and enjoy their talent!


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your roots at the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, from 10am to 2pm, 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 740-346-2820

Wednesdays: Farmers’ Gateway Market, 4:30-6:30pm, at the EGCC parking lot at the corner of Sunset Blvd & John Scott Highway, Steubenville, 740-264-9790

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Explore local history at the Jefferson County Historical Museum from 10am to 3pm, 426 Franklin Ave, Steubenville, 740-283-1133

Thursdays: Downtown Farmers’ Market at the corner of S. 3rd Street and South Street, 8am-1pm

Saturdays: Toronto Community Market at the corner of N. 4th and Clark Streets, Toronto, 9:30am-1pm

Sundays: Find more local history at the Main Street Museum, 210 Main Street, Toronto open from 1-4pm (also Wednesdays from 10am-1pm), 740-537-2157

July 2-13: First Lady Dolls Exhibit, Main Street Museum, 1-4pm

July 2: Toronto Fireworks, 700 River Ave, Clark Hinkle Field, Toronto, 10pm

July 4: City of Steubenville 4th of July Celebration, Belleview Park, Brady Avenue, 12-5, free swimming; 5-9, family fun zone; 9:45 Fireworks Extravaganza

July 8: Dedication of Veterans Mural, Corner of N.Third and Market Streets, Toronto, 7pm

July 16: Christmas in July, yard and bake sale to support Pleasant Hill School House Museum, 3125 SR 213, Steubenville, 10am-3pm, 740.264.3565

July 16: Jefferson County Veterans Picnic, all veterans & families welcome: Korean Veterans are special honorees this year, Friendship Park, Smithfield OH, 2pm, 740-317-8646

July 22: Canteen & WWII Presentation by Mick Donato, Red Room at Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, Dennison OH, 7pm, free but RSVP 740-922-6776


JUNE UPDATE

From the Director:

What a lot of fun things to do this month! This weekend be sure to check out our annual festival: Ohio Valley Frontier Days! Soon after that there will be the Greek Festival followed by the Dean Martin Festival and the Hometown Celebration. Our Summer Concert Series opened with a great crowd for the Vogues and Three's Company. Although we had to cancel the June 2 concert due to predictions of thunderstorms, we were able to reschedule the groups to later in the summer. The local parks have been prepared for summer visitors and the flower barrels are abloom. What a great time of year! Be sure to make a visit to Historic Fort Steuben part of your summer activities.

OHIO VALLEY FRONTIER DAYS

We are all geared up for our annual festival. This event is an engaging way to learn the history of our area and our country. This year there will be two soldier encampments to recreate military life on the Ohio frontier. These reenactors truly make the past come alive and remind all of us of the hardships our forebears faced when settling the Ohio Country over 200 years ago.

Native American tales, traditions, music and dance are an important part of the festival and we are privileged to have talented participants to present them. The original fort was built to protect the surveyors of the Northwest Territory and their tools and techniques will be demonstrated and shared as well.

The skills and crafts of early America are another attraction: the bucket and rope maker, the candle maker, the woodworker, the flintknapper, the blacksmith and spinners, weavers and quilters will be on hand to show how those products were made. It wasn’t all work and no play for those early Americans; they loved music and dance and so there will be a Frontier Dance on the Visitor Center lawn on Saturday evening.

Ohio Artist of the Year Steve Free will perform on Saturday on the Fort stage while music on traditional instruments will ring out inside the Visitor Center. Food, pony rides, games and more- be sure to make a stop at the festival this weekend!

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM BEGINS
The Summer Youth Educational Program offers hands-on history for 4th to 6th grade students in Historic Fort Steuben. Each week-long session provides a variety of activities, crafts, presentations, videos and games that focus on life in early America, including Native American culture, military history, archaeology, mapping and surveying, music and Lewis & Clark. Session I runs from June 6-10; Session II runs from July 11-15. Cost is $55/student. Call 740-283-1787 for more information.

IN THE MUSEUM SHOP
Looking for Steubenville souvenirs and post cards? Do you need Flat Stanley items? Is there a history-lover in the family having a birthday? You can find a variety of unique gift items and memorabilia in the Museum Shop. Coloring books, history books, sticker books, books by local authors...you can find these there, too. And Fort members receive a 10% discount! Come in and browse.

RAMP REPAIRS
Kudos to Doug Freshwater Construction for their outstanding work on repairing the ramps and steps leading into the Fort buildings. After 10-20 years, those wooden structures needed replacing and we were pleased to have the work completed in time for the festival. Such maintenance is a regular expense for the Fort and we are grateful to all those whose donations help us with these efforts.

FORT AND MURAL TOURS
Both self-guided tours and tours with entertaining Interpreters can be arranged for Historic Fort Steuben and the Murals of Steubenville. Our tour guides are living reference books filled with facts as well as stories associated with the founding of the city and the beginnings of the westward expansion of the country. If you have friends or relatives coming to visit this summer, be sure to include a tour as part of their activities.
One group that returns each year is Youth Works ministry. For seven weeks, these mission teams from all over the country come to assist with various projects in the city. Touring the Fort and the Murals are among their favorite recreation choices. It's a great experience to meet and work with these young people.

VISITOR CENTER NEWS
There's so much happening in the area this summer, but still it's nice to get away. The Visitor Center has brochures and guides from all over the state and the Ohio Valley to help you plan a vacation or mini-trip. We carry Ohio State maps as well. And we also have the 2016 Ohio Valley Event Guide listing all the free concerts that are being offered in the area this summer.

Do you enjoy walking and bike trails? We have brochures on the trails in Toronto as well as the Heritage Trail in Steubenville.

The Artist of the Month from the Steubenville Art Association is the late Martha Orbavich. A display of her work as part of honoring her memory will be exhibited at the Visitor Center throughout June.

Believe it or not, it’s less than five months to the opening of the 2016 Nutcracker Village, Advent Market and Christmas Parade. The Events Committee has been busy planning for these events, hoping to make them as successful as they were last year. We will be sending out sponsor letters and invitations to vendors in the next few weeks.

Christmas Tree Light Fund: you might have read about the 30 foot Christmas tree that has been donated for our holiday display. It was suggested by one of our volunteers that if everyone who heard about it donated $1, we could purchase new LED lights to make it a dramatic addition to the park. If you would like to contribute, please send $1 or more to Christmas Tree Fund, Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville OH 43952.

What Else is Happening?

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your roots – Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society is open from 10am to 2pm, 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 740.346.2820

Wednesdays: Farmers’ Gateway Market – locally produced vegetables, meat and baked goods on sale, 4:30-6:30pm; Eastern Gateway Community College, John Scott Highway parking lot;

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Explore local history - Jefferson County Historical Association is open from 10am to 3pm, or by appointment, 426 Franklin Ave, Steubenville, 740.283.1133

Thursdays: Downtown Farmers’ Market – beginning June 23 at the corner of South and S. 3rd Streets, 8am-1pm;

June 8-11: Bluegrass in the Hills – 4 days of great Bluegrass music, food and fellowship; Mickey’s Mountain, 8810 Ford Road, Hopedale, OH; $35/day; 740-946-5631 or mickeysmtn.com;

June 8-11: 37th Annual Dennison Railroad Festival – food, rides, Queen’s Pageant, car show and parade at National Landmark Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, 400 Center St, Dennison, Ohio, (740) 922-6776 or www.dennisondepot.org
June 11: Bellview Park Community Pool – opens for the season; daily 8am-5pm, admission $5/$3, season passes available;

June 14-16: Holy Trinity Greek Festival – great food, music, dancing, tours of the church; 300 S. 4th Street, Steubenville; 11am-9pm; 740-282-7770 or www.holytrinitygreekfest.com

June 16-18: 20th Annual Dean Martin Festival – a celebration of the life of Steubenville’s native son; live entertainment, impersonators and karaoke and singing contests, memorabilia auction & more; The Spot Bar, 217 S. 4th Street, Steubenville; 740.283.9164 or www.deanmartinsteubenville.com

June 18-19: Baby Bison Days – crafts, food, music, vendors, Native American PowWow, and baby bison; entrance fee: donation of nonperishable food items for local food pantry; 10-6pm; 45701 Unionvale Rd, Cadiz, Ohio 43907; 740.942.8726

June 24-25: Thunder in the Ville – holiday celebration with cruise in, live entertainment, kids’ games, train rides and fireworks; Indian Creek High School, 200 Park Drive, Wintersville, OH;

June 29: What’s Up Downtown – an evening to learn more about one of the community’s downtown treasures sponsored by the Steubenville Revitalization Group: Jefferson County Historical Association’s Mansion Museum, 426 Franklin Avenue, Steubenville; 5-7pm;


MAY UPDATE

From the Director:

Historic Fort Steuben has opened its gates for the season and all the staff and volunteers are operating in high gear. We are expecting about 600 students to tour the historic site this month as well as several adult groups. Our intrepid Interpreters do a wonderful job of presenting the history and daily life of the 18th century fort to our visitors, adapting the facts and stories to age and interests of our guests.

We recently had a couple stop in who were driving the Lewis & Clark trail, from Philadelphia across to the west coast. They appreciated the exhibit we had and enjoyed the authenticity of the furnishings in the fort. “A great way to learn local history” was the review they left. Such encounters give us great satisfaction and encouragement as we forge ahead into the next thirty years of “Keeping History Alive!”


PARDON OUR SAWDUST

If you come to visit the Fort this spring, you will probably see some construction. We are in the process of replacing many of the deteriorated wooden ramps into the buildings and we are installing new doors for the restrooms. See if you can spot the carpenter bee traps that we have put up as well. Also on the agenda is repairing or possibly replacing the massive entry gates. Wooden structures require a great deal of maintenance and we are grateful for all donations and grants that are necessary for the work to be done.


ANNUAL DINNER COMMEMORATES 30 YEARS

The annual membership meeting and dinner of the Old Fort Steuben Project will be held on Wednesday, May 4, at Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant. On the schedule for the evening will be a retrospective slide show of the past 30 years, giving a speedy travel through time as the organization began with a dream and a vacant lot and progressed to the transformation of an entire city block into a historical destination and community asset. We will be remembering particularly the founding “committee” – Richard and Elizabeth King, Charles Govey, Douglas Naylor, David Hindman, Otto Jack, Jr., Geraldine Cohen, Barbara Topp, Betty Applegate, and archaeologist Jack Boyde. We shall always be grateful for the work that these visionaries did to create Historic Fort Steuben.


TENTH YEAR OF SUMMER CONCERTS

This year’s Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series season will open on May 26th with the fabulous sound of the world famous Vogues.Even though their first hit "You're the One" was released over 45 years ago, the Vogues continue to attract sellout audiences at concerts and club appearances around the country. Opening for the Vogues will be our own local talent, Three’s Company.

New this year will be several vendor booths, opening at 4 pm, selling gifts, crafts and souvenirs. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a schedule, print it off of our website or get a keepsake program at the concerts. Many thanks to our generous sponsors who help defray the costs of this very popular series, especially The Kessler Family, Trinity Health Systems, WTOV9/Fox, WesBanco, Tri-State Financial, and Team Automotive.


OHIO VALLEY FRONTIER DAYS

Have you ever tried using a two-man saw? Or worked with a spinning wheel? Tossed a tomahawk? Danced with the Natives? Or sung along with award-winning Ohio singer/songwriter Steve Free? The festival that runs from June 4-5, 2016 is your opportunity to do some or all of these activities and more. There are pony rides and demonstrations of historical surveying as well as guns and cannons. And be sure to stay around for the Frontier Dance out on the big lawn on Saturday evening. It’s been a great family event for over 25 years. More information can be found at the Visitor Center or our Facebook page.


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

Along with the usual post cards, coloring books and Nutcracker Village souvenirs, we stock a wide selection of books. From histories of the American Revolution and Native Americans to local history around Yellow Creek and Jefferson County, there are titles for all interests and ages. Our newest additions include youth fiction by Ali Lavecchia who has three titles in the Booger and Beans Mystery series. Her fourth and fifth volumes will be coming out next month and the last involves Big Red and the murals in Steubenville! Another new publication is My Dad, the Doctor about long time area physician Howard Holland Minor by his daughter, Mary Minor Evans. The book not only recalls the life of this notable Steubenville family but includes much history about the Upper Ohio River Valley.


MEMORIAL BRICKS & THE VETERANS MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN

In the past 13 years over 1880 bricks have been purchased and placed around the Veterans Memorial Fountain. Hundreds of people come downtown to enjoy the fountain, take wedding and prom photos, and find names of friends and loved ones memorialized in the bricks. The fountain requires consistent maintenance and every brick sale provides funding to help with the care and repairs needed. An engraved brick is a long-lasting tribute to a friend, family member or event. Bricks are $50 for members, $65 for non-members.


SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM REGISTRATION

If you have a child or grandchild in 4th to 6th grade looking for a summer activity, you might suggest our Summer Youth Program. The Program is a week-long opportunity for in-depth interactive learning about the Fort, Ohio and American history. The students learn surveying and mapping skills, military drill, Native American crafts, 18th century music and much more, including working in the archaeology dig! There will be two sessions: June 6-10 and July 11-15 and the cost is $55/week. Call for more information and to register: 740-283-1787.


VISITOR CENTER NEWS

FYI: The Visitor Center – part of the Old Fort Steuben Project - is responsible for promoting attractions, dining and lodging in the city and county as well as overseeing the City of Murals. With the assistance of an Events Committee, we produce the Steubenville Hometown Celebration in June and the Christmas Parade in December. In addition, we have collaborated with Nelson Fine Arts and Gifts to develop the newest attraction: Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market.

The Events Committee has put together another great schedule of activities for the Hometown Celebration on June 18th with the theme 50’s Flashback. South 3rd Street will be filled with classic cars, information booths, retail and craft vendors, and food concessions while the trolley will take visitors along the Historic Downtown. Games and rides for kids, the mini-train and live entertainment will be in Fort Steuben Park and the Berkman Amphitheater. As always, Historic Fort Steuben will offer discounted tours as well. The evening activities include a concert by the oldies band Déjà Vu followed by a 50’s Street Dance. There will be plenty happening at the Dean Martin Festival at the Spot Bar that day, too!

Planning for the Nutcracker Village has already begun and coordinators will be looking for sponsors to help defray the costs of this great attraction. The event will be larger and last longer this year with the addition of more chalets and a 30 foot Christmas tree. The Advent Market will run for four weekends after Thanksgiving and crafters are invited to apply to be included in this juried event.


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Explore local history - Jefferson County Historical Association is open from noon to 2pm, or by appointment, 426 Franklin Ave, Steubenville, 740.283.1133

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your roots – Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society is open from 10am to 2pm, 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 740.346.2820

May 3: Free Senior Financial Planning Seminar – The Laurels of Steubenville, 5:30pm, 500 Stanton Blvd, Steubenville, 740.264.5042

May 4: YWCA Style Show – featuring Phyllis’ Fashions, lunch, shopping, raffles, door prizes, noon, $20, YWCA, 320 N. 4th Street, Steubenville, 740.282.1261

May 7: iServe – community service event sponsored by Urban Mission, free pizza & tee shirts for participants 5th grade and up, 9am to 3pm, contact Bobbyjon Baumann for more information, 608.556.3068

May 7: Mom2Mom Expo (10am-4pm) & Mother/Daughter Look Alike Contest (12pm-1pm), Fort Steuben Mall, Mall Drive, Steubenville, 740.264.7781

May 7: Mommy and Me, Mother’s Day Tea and goodies for moms, grandmas, or aunts with their special little girl, 5pm, sponsored by Steubenville Parks & Recreation, pre-registration required, 740.283.6000 ex.4000

May 7-21: Spring Art Show, sponsored by Steubenville Art Association, daily at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd, Steubenville

May 14: Mother-Daughter Tea Party, hosted by Brightway Center, wear your favorite hat and bring your own teacup and saucer, $15 for Mother & Daughter, $5 each additional daughter, $10 for Single Ladies, Free for any Girl Scouts or girls interested in scouting, Brightway Center, 2511 County Road 15, Rayland,, For more information or to register call: 740.733.7480

May 14: Steubenville Poetry Slam, 8 Poets compete in 3 rounds for $200 cash prize, Open Mic 7-8pm; Slam 8-10pm, YWCA, 320 North 4th Street, Steubenville, for more information or to sign up call: Cheryl Johnson @ 740.317.2373

May 17: Spring into Spring, Prizes, Chinese Auction, Hors d'oeuvres, Entertainment Featuring "The Tri-State Harmonizers"; Proceeds benefit The Rose M. DeFede Scholarship Fund, Entry fee:$5 per person, For additional information or reservations call 740.284.5861

May 20 & 21: W.I.A.A.C.C. Annual Yard Sale, Household items, slightly used clothing, etc. 9:00am - 3:00pm, Kay Corabi Community Room, 4152 Sunset Blvd. Steubenville; For more information, call: Judy Manfred @ 740.264.2710

May 21: Annual Open House, Jefferson County Historical Association & Genealogical Library, tour the museum and see the newest additions, noon - 4:00pm, 426 Franklin Ave, Steubenville, 740.283.1133

May 21: Wedding Fashion Show, Wedding fashions of years gone by. An extensive collection of antique clothing with earliest pieces dating back to the late 18th century. Also other wedding related items will be included in the exhibit. Sponsored by the Historical Society of Mt. Pleasant, at the Evangelical Friends Church, Mt. Pleasant, 12:30 pm, Admission - $5, call 800.752.2631



APRIL 2016 UPDATE

From the Director

April has come in like an undecided teen-ager, one day warm and friendly and the next cold and sullen (and even icy). But we know that more pleasant days are ahead and are planning with those in mind. The Old Fort Steuben Project, Inc. will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this year and we invite everyone to help us commemorate this accomplishment. Our annual membership meeting and dinner will feature a retrospective of the past 30 years. We are asking for short reminiscences of events, people or activities associated with the Old Fort Steuben Project, especially about the years when it was just getting established. If you have a story to add to our scrapbook, please send it to us via mail or email.


SPRING QUILT SHOW

The annual Spring Quilt Show will run April 4-16 in the Visitor Center and features 24 unique quilts, some old and some new. We are grateful to all those who are sharing these treasures. The Visitor Center will be open Monday through Saturday, from 10-4. A special presentation on various crafts by the Fort Steuben Fiber Guild will be presented on Saturday, April 9th from noon to 3pm. The show is free but donations are always welcome!


BARON VON STEUBEN WANTS YOU!

Historic Fort Steuben has become a destination for travelers who enjoy hearing the history of the period and the stories of the people and events associated with the site. Visitors can take a self-guided tour, but having a trained Interpreter conduct the tour makes it a truly memorable and educational experience. We invite you to consider becoming one of our Interpreters – we provide the training, you provide the time and enthusiasm! Our annual meeting and training session will be Wednesday, April 6th at 6 pm. Call for more information.


MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Historic Fort Steuben is a private non-profit, and just like PBS and NPR, we depend on donations from our members to continue operating. We can’t broadcast our needs on TV and radio, so we hope our friends pass the word. Membership contributions cover a significant portion of our annual budget. You can easily donate online at our website, www.oldfortsteuben.com.Benefits of membership include a 10% discount in the Museum Shop and free admission to all events. Those who enroll at the $100 Commandant level also become members of the North American Reciprocal Museum association that provides free admission to hundreds of museums and historic sites in the United States and Canada. Just think, for the price of a pizza and drink you can contribute to one of the treasures of the Ohio Valley…and help preserve history for the next generation.


FORT TOURS TO BEGIN

The Fort will reopen mid to late April (depending on weather) and we already have eight school tours scheduled as well as several adult group tours. For the second year we are doing joint second grade tours with the Pleasant Hill School House Museum which provide a full day of experiencing the past. A tour takes about 1½ - 2 hours and includes the Fort, the First Federal Land Office and a possible craft and visit to the Museum Shop. Picnic tables are available for bag lunches. School Tour cost: $4/student ($2 more for a craft), $6/adult (one adult free for every 10 students). Adult Tour Groups with reservations cost: $7/person. Call 740-283-1787 to arrange a visit!


ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

The Steubenville Art Association will have a variety of works on display in the lobby of the Visitor Center during the month of April. They will also have a workshop and meeting there on April 20th. The organization meets here on the third Wednesday of certain months. Artists of all ages and who work in any media are invited to join this talented group. For membership information call Jeanne D’Anniballe, 740-264-2668.


MEMBERSHIP DINNER – MAY 4

Invitations are going out for our annual Membership Meeting and Dinner when we will recall the people and achievements of the past 30 years. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, May 4th at Froehlich’s Classic Corner at 6 pm. The cost is $40/person and reservations are required. Feel free to invite others to this evening of reminiscing and fun. Cash bar, silent auction, background music, good company…who could ask for more?


2016 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

We will soon be posting the schedule for this year’s concerts which will open on Thursday, May 26th.This will be our 10th season of bringing live music and an opportunity spend a pleasant evening under the stars to the area. In addition to some food vendors, we hope to have a few craft vendor booths at the event as well. Please thank and support our major sponsors for the 2016 Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series - the Kessler Family, Trinity Health System, WTOV/Fox, Tri-State Financial Services, WesBanco and Team Automotive - as well as the many others who will be listed in the program.


OHIO VALLEY FRONTIER DAYS

Our annual festival will be held on June 4th and 5th this year and – if the weather cooperates – we hope to make it the best yet as a way to commemorate our 30th year.We can guarantee that there will be many of the past favorites: Chief Logan telling his tragic story, soldiers of the 1st American Regiment encamped and demonstrating their cannon, Native American dancers and singers, the bucket maker, candle maker, blacksmith and so much more. Music, dancing and pony ride, too! We hope to add new activities so be sure to save that weekend!


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

We have stocked coloring books for adults…with colored pencils, too. Coloring the intricate designs is a way to relieve tension and allow your creativity to blossom. We also have Build Your Own Wooden Ship Kits, Revolutionary War Spy Coins, Ohio historical maps and charts, books on Dean Martin, Lewis & Clark and Native Americans, licorice pipes and gingham bonnets…there’s a huge variety of interesting items in the Museum Shop suitable for gifts and Flat Stanley projects. Don’t forget, the Museum Shop is your source for post cards and souvenir tee shirts. Come and browse!


LED NUTCRACKER RAFFLE

We are raffling off a 48” LED Nutcracker lawn decoration as a promotion and fundraiser for the Nutcracker Village & Advent Market which will open Nov. 22. Tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at the Visitor Center or by mail! Call 740-283-1787 for more information.


VISITOR CENTER NEWS

The racks in the Visitor Center have been refilled with 2016 brochures from locations all over the state, including the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide, the Ohio Spring/Summer Events Calendar and the Ohio Arts Calendar.

The City of Murals brochure with a map and photos of the current works, a self-guided driving tour and a booklet that gives a brief history of each mural ($3) are in the Visitor Center. We hope to work

on refreshing several murals this year. Contributions to the Mural Fund are always welcome.

Do you have a class or family reunion or wedding coming up with lots of friends and relatives coming to Steubenville and Jefferson County? We can help you prepare Visitor Packets for them. We can also help you plan a trolley tour of the Murals or a history tour of the county. Call us at 740-283-1787.

You can also sign up for the bi-monthly email update from Visit Steubenville & Jefferson County that lists event and activities in the area by going to www.visitsteubenville.com.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Holy Trinity Greek Fest, June 14-17, the Dean Martin Festival, June 16-18, and the opening of the Downtown Farmer’s Market, June 23.

We are completing plans for the 2016 Hometown Celebration: 50’s Flashback to be held on Saturday, June 18th at the Visitor Center and Fort Steuben Park. The day will include a 5K run/walk, church and historic building tours, Hometown Talent Show, Trolley Rides and mini-train rides, and lots of food, fun, and festival activities. Vendors interested in being part of this event are invited to call 740-283-4935.

Finally, although Christmas seems so far away, we are already working on the 2016 Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market (opening Nov. 22) and the Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Parade (Dec. 10). All those interested in participating are encouraged to begin planning for these great holiday celebrations.


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your genealogy, The Jefferson County Chapter, OGS; 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone – 740-346-2820 Website – www.jeffcochapter.com

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Jefferson County Historical Museum & Genealogy Library, 426 Franklin Avenue in Steubenville; noon-2pm, 740-283-1133 www.jeffersoncountyhistorical.org

April 4: The Beatles: Band of the Sixties, presentation by scholar Aaron Krerowicz, Schiappa Branch Public Library, 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville; 6:00 pm, registration required 740-264-6166

April 8th, 9th & 15th - at 7:00pm; April 10th & 16th - 2:00pm: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Anathan Theater, Egan Hall, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors.Admission is free for clergy and religious, and children age 12 and under.Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 740.283.6245

April 9: A Caring Place Child Advocacy Center Annual Fundraising Dinner, featuring Theresa Flores, National Speaker, Author and Sex Trafficking Survivor; Serbian American Cultural Center,1000 Colliers Way, Weirton, WV; Doors open 5:00pm, Dinner - 6:00pm; Tickets $40 a person, call:740.266.3988 or www.acaringplacecac.org

April 10: All Valley Youth Rally, music and message, Center Court, Fort Steuben Mall, Steubenville, 4-6 pm

April 15: Sip and Paint Wine Glasses, Black Sheep Vineyard, 1454 US Rt. 250, Adena OH, 6 p.m. The theme is wildflowers. The cost is $15 per painter. To reserve seats text 304-312-8607.

April 16: Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration, activities for the whole family including goodie bags, coloring contest winner, food, crafts, planting a tree; MLK Recreation Center, 905 Market Street, Steubenville; 10am-1pm, 740-283-6000 ext. 4000

April 20: Taste of Home Cooking School, food and prizes; doors opening at 4:30 p.m. for the vendor show, the cooking show, featuring culinary specialist Dana Elliott, will begin promptly at 7 p.m., St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; tickets $15 available at Herald Star or calling (740) 283-4711

April 23: Jr. NBA Skills Challenge, for boys and girls 9-14; the competition consists of dribble, shooting/rebounding and free throws.Registration forms are available at the Parks and Recreation Department offices at 905 Market Street, Steubenville Ohio 43952. Registration starts at Noon and the event starts promptly at 1:00pm. 740-283-6000 ext. 4000

April 23: - City-wide Spring Yard Sale, Village of Mt. Pleasant; sponsored by Historical Society of Mt. Pleasant; For more information: 740.359.5544

April 23: A Night in Monte Carlo, 10-year Anniversary Celebrationof Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Clinic, St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; 5:00PM; Tickets:$50, Reservations: 740.283.2856

April 25: 13 Hours Under Siege Fighting Back in Benghazi, Speaker Series featuring Mark Geist "Oz", member of the Benghazi Annex Security Team and subject of the major motion picture "13 Hours", Lanman Hall, Catholic Central High School, 320 West View Ave., Steubenville; 7:30pm, Reserved Seats $20 each at the Herald Star @ 740.283.4711 or Catholic Central High School; $25 at the door.

April 29: Steelworker Statue Dedication, celebrate the steelworker statue’s new location – on the lawn across the street from the Main Public Library, 407 S. 4th Street, Steubenville; 11am-noon; refreshments to follow; Please RSVP by calling the Main Library at 740.282.9782

April 30: Making Meaningful Change, How God's love can change your life and the world presented by Mark McCurties, a Christian Science Practitioner from St. Louis, MO; Christian Science Reading Room, 600 Lovers Lane, Steubenville; 4:00 pm

Have an event or activity open to the public? Let us know: info@oldfortsteuben.com



MARCH 2016 UPDATE

From the Director:

Puxatawny Phil didn’t see his shadow last month so I expect we will have a bounty of spring flowers and bird songs in the next few weeks. No matter how mild the winter, we look forward to the warmer, sunnier days of spring. As the daylight hours lengthen a feverish activity sets in at the Fort and Visitor Center as we prepare for visiting students, for tour groups, and for the various events and festivals and concerts we produce. Repairs of the ramps and steps on several of the buildings are our maintenance priorities this year.And, just like all good housekeepers, we have to sweep, mop, dust and then wash windows and prepare the exhibits. It all takes time, even as we are restocking the Museum Shop, sending out information packets, answering email and phone queries, and keeping our records up to date. Sometimes I wish winter could linger a little longer so, like a sleepy groundhog, I can get a little more rest. But then I would miss the flowers and bird songs and the delightful visitors who make it all worthwhile! Why not consider joining us this spring as a volunteer while we continue “Keeping History Alive!” --- Judy Bratten


SPRING QUILT SHOW

The annual Spring Quilt Show will be held April 4-16 and we still have space for entries. Whether the quilt or topper is old or new, traditional or modern, it will be welcome! Our Quilt Display form can be found on our website http://www.oldfortsteuben.com/quiltshow.php or we can send you one. Interested in participating? Please contact us by phone or email. Application forms are due by March 23rd!


MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

This summer the Old Fort Steuben Project will mark its 30th year. Why not help us celebrate by becoming a member or recruiting a new member? Membership contributions cover a significant portion of our annual budget. You can easily donate online at our website, www.oldfortsteuben.com.Benefits of membership include a 10% discount in the Museum Shop and free admission to all events. Those who enroll at the $100 Commandant level also become members of the North American Reciprocal Museum association that provides free admission to hundreds of museums and historic sites in the United States and Canada. Just think, for the price of a pizza and drink you can contribute to one of the treasures of the Ohio Valley…and help preserve history for the next generation.


STUDENT FIELD TRIPS

There’s nothing more heartening than to see young people get excited about learning and that is just what happens at Historic Fort Steuben. “Wow, this is so-o-o cool,” is often heard when a 4th grader steps into one of the fully recreated blockhouses. There is still time for teachers, scout masters or youth leaders to schedule a class visit to the Fortthis spring. We already have several schools on the calendar. The Fort will reopen mid to late April (depending on weather) and we have to give our volunteer Interpreters (tour guides) advance notice so they can arrange their schedules. A tour takes about 1½ - 2 hours and includes the Fort, the First Federal Land Office and a possible craft and visit to the Museum Shop. Picnic tables are available for bag lunches. Tour cost: $4/student ($2 more for a craft), $6/adult (one adult free for every 10 students). Call 740-283-1787 to arrange a visit!


COME AND SEE: VOLUNTEER INFORMATION NIGHT

Do you like meeting new people from all over the country…all over the world? Do you want to give back to the community? Do you love history? Do you enjoy talking about our area? Do you have a few hours free each week? If you said yes to any of those questions you may be a candidate to volunteer at Historic Fort Steuben. We need people to answer the phone, greet visitors, and give out information in the Visitor Center, to help in the Museum Shop, to assist in general housekeeping and landscaping, and to give tours. Join us on Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30 pm for a “Come and See” evening to learn how you can be part of our many activities.


ARTISTS OF THE MONTH

The Steubenville Art Association will have a variety of works on display in the lobby of the Visitor Center during the month of March. They will also have a workshop and meeting there on March 16th. The organization meets here on the third Wednesday of certain months. Artists of all ages and who work in all media are invited to join this talented group. For membership information call Jeanne D’Anniballe, 740-264-2668.


MEMBERSHIP DINNER – MAY 4

Save the date for our annual Membership Meeting and Dinner when we will recall the people and achievements of the past 30 years.


2016 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Everyone has been asking for the schedule for this year’s concerts which will open on Thursday, May 26th.This will be our 10th season of bringing live music and an opportunity spend a pleasant evening under the stars to the area. We hope to have a classic car cruise in again and add a few craft vendor booths that will open at 4:00 pm. Contracts are going out and we will start announcing the lineup soon.

Why not be a sponsor for this very popular event? Ads in the keepsake souvenir program range from $250 to $4,000 – and they are a great way to get your name before hundreds of people each week! Call for more information, 740-283-1787.


OHIO VALLEY FRONTIER DAYS

Our annual festival will be held on June 4th and 5th this year and – if the weather cooperates – we hope to make it the best yet as a way to commemorate our 30th year.We can guarantee that there will be many of the past favorites: Chief Logan telling his tragic story, soldiers of the 1st American Regiment encamped and demonstrating their cannon, Native American dancers and singers, the bucket maker, candle maker, blacksmith and so much more. And we hope to add new activities. Be sure to mark your calendars.


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

Build Your Own Wooden Ship Kit, a Revolutionary War Spy Coin, educational coloring books, books on Dean Martin, Lewis & Clark and Native Americans, licorice pipes and gingham bonnets…there’s a huge variety of interesting items in the Museum Shop. Planning a trip across Ohio this summer? Purchase Eat and Explore Ohio: Cookbook and Travel Guide, a great way to learn more about the foods and communities in our state. And the Museum Shop is your source for post cards and souvenir tee shirts. Come and browse!


LED NUTCRACKER RAFFLE

We are raffling off a 48” LED Nutcracker lawn decoration as a promotion and fundraiser for the Nutcracker Village & Advent Market which will open Nov. 22. Tickets are only $1 and can be purchased at the Visitor Center or by mail! Call 740-283-1787 for more information.


SPONSOR A DAY

Operating the Fort and Visitor Center – utilities, maintenance, office supplies, printing, wages, etc. – runs over $250 per day! Funding for those expenses is not covered by our admission fees. We invite you to Sponsor a Day and honor a person or event by contributing $250. A certificate noting the contribution will be posted in the Visitor Center. To find out more, call us at 740-283-1787.


HISTORY OPPORTUNITIES

Steubenville and Jefferson County are filled with history! You can explore and learn so much about what the past was like at Historic Fort Steuben and the First Federal Land Office but there are so many more sites as well. Union Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places; not only does it contain beautiful monuments to famous families but it is also a delightful arboretum with massive trees lending to peaceful strolls. The Jefferson County Historical Association Mansion Museum on Franklin Avenue in Steubenville is packed with the rare and the ordinary. Support their efforts of preserving the past by becoming a member. Enjoy visiting their website: www.jeffersoncountyhistorical.org. If you are in Steubenville on Saturdays, stop by The Grand Theater on S. 4th Street and watch as volunteers are restoring the original Wurlitzer Theater organ. Membership in the Grand Theater Restoration is a way to assist their efforts to bring back a Steubenville icon: www.historicsteubenville.org. Another resource that has preserved an important part of our history is the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant was a Quaker settlement, home to crucial activists in the 19th century abolitionist movement and central to the Underground Railroad. The entire village is part of the Ohio History Connection. Learn more and become a member of Friends of the Historical Society of Mount Pleasant by going to their Facebook page.


VISITOR CENTER NEWS

The new City of Murals brochure with a map and photos of the current works is now available in the Visitor Center. We also have a booklet that gives a brief history of each mural, for $3. We hope to work on refreshing several murals this year. Contributions to the Mural Fund are always welcome.

The 2016 Steubenville/Jefferson County Visitor Guide is also in, listing lodging, dining and recreational information. We have restocked many brochures from around Ohio and the area as well as the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide and the Ohio Spring/Summer Events Calendar.

Do you have a class or family reunion or wedding coming up with lots of friends and relatives coming to Steubenville and Jefferson County? We can help you prepare Visitor Packets for them. We can also help you plan a trolley tour of the Murals or a history tour of the county. Call us at 740-283-1787.

You can also sign up for the bi-monthly email update from Visit Steubenville & Jefferson County that lists event and activities in the area by going to www.visitsteubenville.com.

We are completing plans for the 2016 Hometown Celebration to be held on Saturday, June 18th at the Visitor Center and Fort Steuben Park. The day will include a 5K run/walk, church and historic building tours, Hometown Talent Show, and lots of food, fun, and festival activities. Vendors interested in being part of this event are invited to call 740-283-4935.

Finally, although the snow has barely melted, we are already working on the 2016 Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market and the Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Parade. All those interested in participating are encouraged to begin planning for these great holiday celebrations.


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your genealogy, The Jefferson County Chapter, OGS; 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone – 740-346-2820 Website – www.jeffcochapter.com

*March 5: Eat Your Way to Health, Susan Hardesty, author, holistic health coach, and family herbalist, will discuss how eating healthy fights food allergies, helps weight loss and overall wellness. Food samples from recipes in her book will be provided. 11am-12pm, Public Library Schiappa Branch, 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville; Register at 740.264.6166

*March 5, 19, & 26: Urban Ballroom Dancing, sponsored by YWCA, 320 North 4th Street, Steubenville, Dancing provides a low to medium cardio workout, is fun, relaxing and easy to learn, and a great forum for meeting new people. No partner required. $5.00 per person. March 5th, 19th and 26th at 4:00pm

*March 7: The Strange and Spooky Side of Abraham Lincoln, presentation by author and paranormal researcher James A. Willis, Schiappa Branch Library, 4141 Mall Drive, Steubenville, 6:00 pm; Register in advance:740.264.6166

*March 9: Youth Boxing, Boxing program for ages 6 – 13 sponsored by the Steubenville Parks and Recreation Department begins.Both girls and boys are invited to register to be a part of the fun. MLK Center, 905 Market St, Steubenville; For additional information please contact Parks and Recreation Department at 740.283.6000, ext. 4000

*March 11: Fish Fest, Holy Trinity Greek Church, 300 S. 4th Street, Steubenville; 3-7pm, Eat in or carry out. Price is $10 per person and includes plaki fish, rice pilaf and green beans. Drinks & pastries will be sold separately. Phone:740.282.9835 for details or to order.

*March 11: Dueling Pianos, Jefferson County Humane Society fundraiser; St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; 7pm, Tickets $30 Food/ Finger Food Buffet, cash bar, gift raffles, 50/50 raffles. Great music for a great cause. Shelter phone: 740.314.5583 Tickets also available at Hauser’s Furniture.

*March 12: Open House, Academy of Lifelong Learning, Seminar Room, St. Joseph Center, Franciscan University, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 12:00 Light refreshments and information on the spring classes and events; 740-283-6406

*March 15: Fermented Foods, the Organic Fanatic presents everything you’d ever want to know, Schiappa Branch Library, Mall Drive, Steubenville; 6 pm

*March 15: Do Everything in Love, benefit for AIM Pregnancy Center, Serbian Cultural Center, 1000 Colliers Way, Weirton, WV; Featured speaker will be Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life of America. Doors open at 6pm with a cash bar, music and fellowship. Contact Victoria Fallon at:vfallon@aimwomenscenter.com or phone 740.346.6006 for sponsorship or ticket information.

*March 16: Season opening, Jefferson County Historical Museum, 426 Franklin Avenue in Steubenville, will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays, call for hours, 740-283-1133

*March 18: Registration deadline for Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, to be held on March 26, 9am-11am, MLK Recreation Center, Steubenville; local children, ages 2 – 12, are invited to enjoy breakfast, a Easter themed craft and color Easter Eggs. The breakfast is free but preregistration is limited to the first 30 children. For additional information or to register please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 740.283.6000, ext. 4000.

*March 19: Campbell-Dickinson St. Patrick 5K Bike/Run/Walk, to benefit the TEAR program at Teramana Cancer Center; Toronto, Ohio, 10:00 am, www.thegemcity.org

*March 30: Vietnam Veterans Day and Area Salute to All Veterans, presented by local veterans, Prime Time Office, 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, 1:00 pm, 740-317-8646

Have an event or activity open to the public? Let us know: info@oldfortsteuben.com

Best wishes to all for a joyful spring and blessed Easter from the staff & volunteers at Your Favorite Fort!




FEBRUARY 2016 UPDATE

From the Director:

February is a month of contrasts…often cold, dark and blustery yet marked with the warmth and color of Valentine’s Day. The race for the presidency begins its final lap while we celebrate Presidents Day. And here at Historic Fort Steuben we are deep in the planning of summer events while watching for blizzard warnings. Although the Fort itself does not open until later this spring, there are still exhibits and displays for viewing, the Museum Shop for browsing, and the Visitor Center racks of information for your travel preparations, so be sure to stop in. Thank you for being part of this organization through your continuing support and participation.


“LEAP INTO HISTORY” RALLY IN NEW PHILADELPHIA

One of our objectives at Historic Fort Steuben is to work together with other history organizations in order to demonstrate the many ways we can learn about and from the past. This month the Dennison Railway Depot Museum is sponsoring the 6th annual T-County History Patriot Youth Rally at New Towne Mall in New Philadelphia, Ohio (just a little over an hour away from Steubenville). We will have a booth at this fun event along with many other historic sites, museums, libraries, clubs and attractions. There will be games, prizes, contests, entertainment and lots of free information and gifts! The first 500 students who arrive will receive a backpack of goodies. See you there: Saturday, February 20 from 10am to 4pm.


MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

We have reached the 80% mark for our 2016 membership goal. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership, please do so. Membership contributions cover a significant part of our annual budget. Consider giving a membership as a gift to someone “who has everything.” You can do it easily online at our website, www.oldfortsteuben.com.Benefits of membership include a 10% discount in the Museum Shop and free admission to all events. Those who enroll at the $100 Commandant level also become members of the North American Reciprocal Museum association that provides free admission to hundreds of museums and historic sites in the United States and Canada.


CALL FOR QUILTS

The annual Spring Quilt Show will be held April 4-16 and we invite entries. Whether the quilt or topper is old or new, traditional or modern, it will be welcome!We will send out forms to those who have a quilt to display, or you can download one from our website: http://www.oldfortsteuben.com/quiltshow.php. Interested in participating? Please contact us by phone or email. Application forms are due by March 23rd!


OHIO VALLEY FRONTIER DAYS

Our annual festival will be held on June 4th and 5th this year and – if the weather cooperates – we hope to make it the best yet.We will be sending out invitations to participants, vendors and crafters. If you or someone you know would like to be involved, contact us!


ORDER A BRICK FOR YOUR VALENTINE!

An engraved brick is a novel way to tell someone they are memorable! And it is a way to “Support Your Fort.”Bricks that hold up to 3 lines of 15 characters each can be purchased for $65 ($50 for members). Although the bricks won’t be put in place by the fountain until May, we can send a personalized Valentine gift card to the recipient in your name. Brick Forms are available at the Visitor Center or on the website.


STUDENT FIELD TRIPS

It is not too soon for teachers, scout masters or youth leaders to schedule a class visit to Historic Fort Steuben this spring. The Fort will reopen mid to late April (depending on weather) and we have to give our volunteer Interpreters (tour guides) advance notice so they can arrange their schedules. A tour takes about 1½ - 2 hours and includes the Fort, the First Federal Land Office and a possible craft and visit to the Museum Shop. Picnic tables are available for bag lunches. Tour cost: $4/student ($2 more for a craft), $6/adult (one adult free for every 10 students). Call 740-283-1787 to arrange a visit!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Do you like meeting new people from all over the country…all over the world? Do you want to give back to the community? Do you love history? Do you enjoy talking about our area? Do you have a few hours free each week? If you said yes to any of those questions you may be a candidate to volunteer at Historic Fort Steuben. We need people to answer the phone, greet visitors, and give out information in the Visitor Center, to help in the Museum Shop, to assist in general housekeeping and landscaping, and to give tours. Call to arrange a “Come and See” appointment to learn how you can be part of our many activities.


IN THE MUSEUM SHOP

The Museum Shop offers a unique selection of books, toys, and items related to colonial America and is your resource for Steubenville souvenir tee shirts, caps, key chains, post cards and magnets as well as old fashioned toys and candy.A few 2015 Nutcracker Village ornaments are left which will soon be collector editions.The Visitor Center is open from Monday through Friday, from 10-4.


SPONSOR A DAY

Operating the Fort and Visitor Center – utilities, maintenance, office supplies, printing, wages, etc. – runs over $250 per day! Funding for those expenses is not covered by our admission fees. We invite you to Sponsor a Day and honor a person or event by contributing $250. A certificate noting the contribution will be posted in the Visitor Center. To find out more, call us at 740-283-1787.


VISITOR CENTER NEWS

Just a reminder that the Old Fort Steuben Project, Inc. is the parent organization that oversees the Visitor Center, the City of Murals, the Hometown Celebration, the Downtown Farmers’ Market, the Christmas Parade, the Advent Market and other events and projects to attract tourists to the area.

The new City of Murals brochure with a map and photos of the current works will soon be printed.

The 2016 Steubenville/Jefferson County Visitor Guide is now in available listing lodging, dining and recreational information. We have restocked many brochures in the Visitor Center from around Ohio and the area as well as the 2016 Ohio Travel Guide and the Ohio Spring/Summer Events Calendar.

Do you have a class or family reunion or wedding coming up with friends and relatives coming to Steubenville and Jefferson County? We can help you prepare Visitor Packets for them. We can also help you plan a trolley tour of the Murals or a history tour of the county. Call us at 740-283-1787.


WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING IN THE AREA?

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your genealogy, The Jefferson County Chapter, OGS; 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville,10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Phone – 740-346-2820 Website – www.jeffcochapter.com

Feb. 3: Eric Genuis Concert, world acclaimed pianist and composer will perform at the Gentile Gallery, JC Williams Center, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 7:30 pm; free;

Feb. 6: Valentine’s Day craft, for teens and adults with Ashley from Staffilino’s Gifts, at the Toronto Branch at 1 p.m. $15 fee to be paid to instructor for supplies. For more information and to register, call the library at 537-1262;

Feb. 6: Jazzy Jeans and Jewels, fundraiser for the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center, foods served by area celebrities, fashions, contest, fun and dancing; Sargus Hall (Blessed Sacrament Church Hall), 852 Main Street, Wintersville; 6:00-10:00pm. $35. Tickets available at Fort Steuben Visitor Center and Valley Wine Center or call Janet @ 740.632.1144;

Feb. 7: 7th Annual Valentine's Craft Extravaganza, for St. Vincent de Paul Ministry, Sargus Hall (Blessed Sacrament Church Hall), 852 Main Street, Wintersville, noon-3:00pm;

Feb. 13: Daddy/Daughter Date Night, sponsored by Steubenville Parks and Recreation, semi-formal evening of dancing, music and fun; limited to the first 20 reservations; MLK Recreation Center, 905 Market Street, Steubenville; free but reservations required, 740-283-6000 ext. 4000;

Feb. 13: United Love, fundraiser for Jefferson County United Way, semi-formal dinner, dessert, music, dancing and gaming; Hellenic Hall, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 N. 4th Street, Steubenville; 6:00-8:00pm, $40, call for tickets740.284.9000;

Feb. 15: Abe Lincoln at the Pleasant Hill School House, presentation for children and adults by Lincoln reenactor Jim Crouse, Pleasant Hill School House Museum, 3125 St. Rt. 213, Steubenville; 10:30- noon and again at 1:00-2:30; free but donations requested; 740.544.5666;

Feb. 18: Trinity’s Annual Heartland, health screening, Fort Steuben Mall, 100 Mall Drive, Steubenville, 6:00am-3:00pm; blood screening, $35;

Feb. 18: 2016 Business Expo -booths, information, giveaways, Fort Steuben Mall, 100 Mall Drive, Steubenville, 10am-6pm; free

Feb. 20: Red and Black Gala, Casino night benefit for the Steubenville City Schools Foundation Scholarships, Steubenville Country Club, 413 Lovers Lane; 7:00-11:00pm, Tickets available at Steubenville High School, $15/person, $25/couple;

Feb. 21: Kelli’s Garden of Love, benefit dinner and auction, Hellenic Hall, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 N. 4th Street, Steubenville; 2:00-6:00pm; $25/person, 740.264.4466;

Feb. 24: What’s Up Downtown Historic Church Tour, sponsored by the Steubenville Revitalization Group, includes Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and First Christian Church; 5:00-7:00 pm, beginning at the Greek Church; call Laura at 740-317-4210 for more info;

Have an event or activity open to the public? Let us know: info@oldfortsteuben.com