July 2017 News Update

From the Director:

It’s officially summer and all the seasonal events and activities have begun. Picnics at the park, swimming at the pool, hiking trails and traveling to new places – all opportunities to make memories and take photos!

Here at the Fort we recently welcomed visitors from as far away as Australia, Vienna and Paris as well as locals who bring their children and grandchildren. We make every effort to refresh and expand the exhibits in the Fort and the displays in the Exhibit Hall and our guests express their gratitude for our diligence.

If you have a family reunion or relatives and friends coming to visit, be sure to bring them downtown to tour the Fort. We love to tell the stories of our history! ---Judy


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. Added to the fun this year was the Dean Martin Centennial Parade! 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. Thanks to all who helped and contributed! Photos will be posted later.


There may still be a few openings in the second session of the Summer Youth Educational Program which runs from 10am to 2:30pm, July 10 to July 14 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.


We are halfway through the 2017 Summer Concert schedule and the performers, the weather and the audience have been outstanding. We estimate over 1200 people attended the Beatlemania Magic show on June 29! The performers who will grace the stage of the Berkman Amphitheater this month are Roz and Lynn who will open for the Tri-State Community Band (July 6), Vanessa Campagna who will open for Jeff Jimerson and Airborne (July 13), The Stickers (July 20), and US3 the Essence opening for No Bad Juju (July 27). Several concession booths selling food, gelato, popcorn, crafts, candy and souvenirs are on the premises so be prepared for a delightful evening by the Ohio River!


Have you noticed the new fencing around the First Federal Land Office? Or the smooth asphalt driveway behind the Visitor Center? Or the new restroom doors inside the Fort? We are most grateful to the Mary Jane Brooks Charitable Trust, the Pugliese Charitable Trust and Esther Simmons/PNC Charitable Trust for funding most of these improvements. more accessible and safe entries. We also had some repairs made to the restrooms and water fountain within the Fort. 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.


All are invited to a Civil War program at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center on August 12th as part of the Civil War Roundtable. Speakers include Jeff Evans and Roger Micker. Watch for more details.


The Fort Steuben/Steubenville Visitor Center will host the quarterly regional meeting of this tourism marketing group in Steubenville on July 12. We will be showcasing the Nutcracker Village as well as the various tourism opportunities in the area.


It may be summer but we are already busy planning the 2017 Nutcracker Village and Advent Market that will run from Nov. 21-Jan.7. All the Nutcrackers which are manufactured by Nelson’s of Steubenville are sponsored for this year. With the increased number of Nutcrackers, we will need additional hoops and lighting and infrastructure in Fort Steuben Park. Sponsor request letters will be mailed out this month as well as Advent Market invitations. Interested in participating or contributing to the event? Give us a call: 740-283-1787.


The Steubenville Art Association will have work by local artist Jeanne D’Anniballe on display in the Visitor Center through July.


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: Summer Swing Dance Classes, Froehlich’s Classic Corner, 501 Washington Street, Steubenville, 8:00-10:00pm

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 8: Rising Stars Talent Night, Berkman Amphitheater, Fort Steuben Park, Steubenville; highlighting young talent, 6:30pm

July 8-9: Revolutionary War Encampment & Reenactment, Fort Laurens Museum,11067 Fort Laurens Rd, Bolivar, OH; admission: $10, under 12: $5; 330-874-2059

July 8-9: ATV/Dirt Bike/Dune Buggy Weekend, Phoenix Off-Road Park, 3250 County Road 26, Wintersville, Ohio 43953; Come out and enjoy 70+ miles of trails, and 25+ miles of single track trails, on over 1000 acres. $20 per person for one day, $30 per person for the weekend, Free on-site primitive camping, (740) 457-1001

July 8-9: Follansbee Community Days, music, food, fireworks and fun for all, Park Ln, Follansbee, West Virginia 26037, 304-797-7001

July 9: Dippity Dawg’s 4th Annual Customer Appreciation Bash, join us for Great food, karaoke, fun, & games! Featuring Bobkat Entertainment!! Dippity Dawg, 41 Reichart Ave, Wintersville, Ohio; 3-9 pm,

July 10: Bike Night, Neidengard’s Harley-Davidson, 284 Canton Rd Rt#43, Wintersville, Ohio 43953, Live Music by The Crush Band "Classic Rock" Free Food and Soft Drinks 5:00pm-until gone. (740) 266-6188

July 15: Christmas in July, yard and bake sale to support Pleasant Hill School House Museum, 3125 SR 213, Steubenville, 9am-3pm, 740.283.1626

July 15: Jefferson County Veterans Picnic, all veterans & families welcome: Vietnam Veterans are special honorees this year, Friendship Park, Smithfield OH, 2pm, RSVP by July 10 to 740-317-864

July 21-23: Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival, A family-friendly outdoor festival in Wheeling, West Virginia, that highlights the depth and beauty of the Italian culture and heritage, Wheeling Heritage Port, 1201 Water St, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003; (304) 234-3838

July 29-30: Zoar Village Harvest Festival, Antique Show & Artisan Tent, Historic Zoar Village, 198 Main St, Zoar, Ohio 44697; zoarinfo@zca.org

Have an event you’d like to list? Send it to us at least 3 weeks in advance.