From the Director:

The cold winds and the dry leaves blowing onto my windshield remind me that yes, November is here. It is not one of our favorite months with the grey skies and damp chill - but thankfully, the holidays redeem it. From the last little goblin and leftover treats of Halloween to the feast of Thanksgiving, this dreary month is filled with celebrations of life and lots of events we’ve listed below.

History also reminds us that even in the darkest times there are bright spots and people who rekindle the light of love, hope and cheer. As we winterize the Fort, store away the artifacts and lock the doors, I wonder how the men posted here during the winter of 1786-87 handled the long nights and biting cold. From the letters we have we know that winter was harsh – a foot of snow at the beginning of November, lack of supplies, anxiety over possible attacks. How did they spend their time when they weren’t cutting wood, practicing drill or on guard duty? Was there an officer or enlisted man who livened up their days with jokes or stories or songs? Historic sites are meant to do more than teach facts – they recreate a time and place and humanize it. That’s what we have tried to do at Historic Fort Steuben – bring the past to life to understand where we have been so we can better plan where we are going. Thank you for your support! ---Judy


Last month over 170fifth grade students in the Steubenville City Schools had a chance to experience the past during our Fall Field Days. We welcomed 45 well-prepared eighth graders from Wellsburg. Two church groups toured the Fort and Land Office. Individuals and couples from around the state and the country came to learn local history. Our wonderful volunteers made those visits memorable and interesting. Thanks to the Walmart Distribution Center for funding many of our educational programs.And thanks to our members and donors that allow us to keep the Fort open!


Have you heard about the newest addition to the Steubenville Nutcracker Village? When you drop a dollar into his drum he sings a song to thank you! This big guy is made from a tree trunk and weighs 300 pounds but is as delightful as the others in the community. Scott Campbell and friends created this fellow, but he needs a name! Stop by the Visitor Center to enter the contest and submit a suggested name. If there are duplicates of the chosen name, the winner will be picked from a random drawing. The prize? One 15” 2017 collectible Steubenville Nutcracker Village Nutcracker!


No history of this area would be complete without a good biography of Edwin McMasters Stanton and one of the best has recently been published. Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary by best-selling author Walter Stahr has been apprised as one of the most balanced presentations of the life of a very difficult man. Historic Fort Steuben has partnered with the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County to have Mr. Stahr give a presentation and book signing at the Schiappa Library on November 15 at 6pm. It is recommended to make reservations by calling 740-264-6166.


The engraved bricks that were scheduled to be installed in October have just been delivered. We certainly hope to get them in before Veterans’ Day and regret the delay.

An engraved brick is a long-lasting tribute to a person or event and is 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 locations of each brick are at the reception desk in the Visitor Center. Bricks ordered now and until the end of February should be installed in May. We offer gift cards announcing the purchase of each brick. Call 740-283-1787.


The Museum Shop will be transformed into a magical holiday market as we stock Nutcracker themed items in addition to our regular fare. We are now selling the 2017 Steubenville Nutcracker Village Collector Nutcrackers, 15” tall remembrances of this year’s event ($29.95)! On the shelves you’ll find Roy Toy Log Building Sets, stocking stuffers, masterpiece jigsaw puzzles and holiday activity and coloring books. The new biography, Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary, is in stock. Our selection of local and American history books, maps and charts are still available as are old fashioned toys and games. And don’t forget the new Fort Steuben Coloring Book – a fun way to learn the history of the Fort. We are your best resource for Steubenville post cards and souvenirs. Be sure to include us when doing gift shopping!


Artist Rusty Baker has been very busy this fall restoring and repairing several murals in the “City of Murals.” The Old Reliance Firehouse mural has been refreshed and sealed and the River Reflections mural will be completed soon. But the biggest project is the repair and restoration of the Centennial Arch mural on N. 5th Street that incurred major damage from weather and building deterioration. Part of the mural was irreparable and had to be removed. Rusty has created a new mural to fill the space and will complete the restoration of the remaining mural in the spring. Funding for this work comes from the proceeds of the City Lodging tax as well as from donations and grants. We are grateful to all who are helping us maintain and expand the “City of Murals!”


This year’s Steubenville Nutcracker Village will open Nov. 21, as Steubenville Lights Up the Night, as over 150 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 even more exciting than last year’s.

We are grateful to Trinity Health System as presenting sponsor, M&M True Value for the awesome twinkling tunnel of lights, M&M and Husqvarna for the lights on the 30’ tree, and Roger Hilty with M&M True Value for refurbishing and lighting the new 22’ tree to be installed in the Land Office Park. 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.

At least 20 artisans and food vendors will participate in the Advent Market, running on the six 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 (sponsored by ComCast Xfinity) in the Berkman Amphitheater will add to the festivities. Up in the Land Office Park there will be the Nativity (sponsored by Cattrell Companies) as well as a petting zoo (sponsored by Barium Chemicals). We are grateful to our Nutcracker Committee and especially Suzanne Kresser who has worked to plan and raise the funds for this endeavor.

The original musical comedy based on the unique characters of the Steubenville Nutcrackers that debuted last year to rave reviews will be presented at the Masonic Hall on Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17. 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 $10/adults, $5/students, free for those under 6 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Visitor Center or online at the website.

For the schedule and more information on the Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market, check out the 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 9th. There will be several area school bands this year as well as a great variety of floats and units. Everyone loves a parade and the 2017 Steubenville parade will be one to remember!


November 10, 11, and 17,18, at 7:00 p.m., and November 12, at 2:00 p.m.:Merry Christmas, George Bailey!, a live radio drama based on the popular Frank Capra movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” 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. 3: Taste of Riesbeck’s, sample the best from all departments and enter to win a $25 gift card, 100 Main Street, Wintersville, 3-7pm;

Nov. 4: Clash of the Galactic Titans, The Ohio Valley Cloak & Dagger Company, in partnership with Striplight Theatre of Weirton and The Center of Music and Art in Wintersville, presents its first all-ages interactive mystery, "Clash of the Galactic Titans," a brand-new superhero fairy tale; audience is invited to dress as super heroes; Center of Music & Art, 264 Main Street in Wintersville, Ohio. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and can be purchased at the door or by calling (724) 255-5911.

Nov. 4: We Love the Sixties! Benefit dinner and entertainment for Valley Hospice Unfunded Care & Services Program Cocktails, Dinner, Cash Bar.Costume Contest – 60’s Style.Dance Contest. St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; 5:30 pm, $50 per person. RSVP Required. 740.859.5650

Nov. 5: Eric Genuis in Concert, internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist, he has performed over 100 concerts each year, delighting both fans of classical and contemporary music with his unique style. The concert is free and open to the public. Gentile Gallery, JC Williams Center, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 2:00 pm

Nov. 5: 4th Annual Valley’s Got Talent, over a dozen young talents competing for $1000 in prizes; Steubenville High School, 420 N. 4th Street, Steubenville; 6:30 pm, free family-friendly event

Nov. 10: Veterans Day Ceremonies, Prime Time Senior Center, 300 Lovers Land, Steubenville, 1:00 pm

Nov. 10: Schola Cantorum Franciscana performing Durufle’s Requiem, St. Peters Church, 425 N. 4th Street, Steubenville; 7:00 pm

Nov. 11: Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Prayer Breakfast, to further underscore the life and mission of the Baptist minister and civil rights activist and raise scholarship funds for area students; Gentile Gallery, JC Williams Center, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 9:00 am, $10 donation requested, (740) 282-4949

Nov. 11: A Breakfast to Remember, share memories of Mount Pleasant and enjoy a tasty continental breakfast, Friends of the Historical Society of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, 342 Union St, Mount Pleasant, Ohio 43939, 9:00 am

Nov. 11: Help Decorate the Grand Christmas Tree, just as it says! Hot chocolate and good company, 11am-2pm, 121 S. 4th Street, Steubenville

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

Nov. 11: 4th Annual Knoxville Chili Cook Off & Gun Raffle, food, fun and more, Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department, 15447 State Route 152, Toronto, Ohio, noon-3pm

Nov. 11: 8th Annual Purple Palooza, Dinner, Raffles, Dancing and Fundraising event to benefit cancer screening at Trinity Health System; St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; Tickets are $40 until November 3rd, then pricing increases afterwards up to $50 at the door (November 11th). To order tickets call:740.317.9464

Nov. 11: 3rd 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. 15:Walter Stahr, Author of Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary, Talk & Book Signing, Schiappa Branch Library, Mall Drive, Steubenville; 6:00 pm

Nov. 17: Faith in the Future Annual Prayer Breakfast, Rich Donnelly, guest speaker, Froehlich’s Classic Corner Restaurant, 501 Washington Street, Steubenville; 8:00 am, rsvp 740-282-1132;

Nov. 19: Wheeling Symphony String Quartet, dinner and music presented by the Ohio Valley Music Guild, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; Doors open at 5pm; Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30pm; Dinner at 6pm; Entertainment at 7:30pm; Price:$40 per person. RSVP by November 6th, contact Debbie Elias @ 740.266.2203; Joe Buchmelter @ 304.374.2943;

Nov. 23: TTown Turkey Trot, fun run to benefit the Toronto Food Pantry, JE Foster Funeral Home, 408 N. River Ave, Toronto; 8:00 am; 740-537-3900

Nov. 29: What’s Up Downtown- watch for update

Nov. 30: YWCA 2nd Annual Women of Distinction Awards Banquet, Hellenic Hall, 300 South Fourth Street, Steubenville, 5:30 pm