The Latest News from Historic Fort Steuben


Although there may be a few more wintry blasts, spring is surely on the way. This month at Fort Steuben, the Fort itself is closed but we are ready to welcome visitors to our indoor programs and exhibits. A new display will open in our Exhibit Hall for Women’s History Month exhibit that we hope will grow in the coming years. For this project to be successful, we are asking for local input and participation so we can honor the women who have been so important in our community.

March is brightened by St. Patrick’s Day events and we will be commemorating the day with a history program by Civil War historian Roger Micker on the Irish Brigade.

We invite you to stop by and see how we are “Keeping History Alive!”


We have reached 60% of our membership goal for 2018. Membership benefits include free admission to the Fort and to all events, a 10% discount in the Museum Shop and the satisfaction of being part of an outstanding community resource. We are so grateful to all our members!


Did you know that the first woman to run for President of the United States was from Ohio? Or that the designer of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, DC was a woman from Ohio? Our new exhibit presents facts about women from Ohio and the Ohio Valley that may surprise you. In addition, we will feature dishware from Steubenville Pottery and collect stories about the many women in the area who worked there. The exhibit will run from March 12 to 23, Monday-Friday from 10am to 4pm, or by appointment.


Educator and Civil War historian Roger Micker will present a program on The Irish Brigade on Saturday, March 17 at 10:30am. Using photos and stories, he will highlight the contributions and sacrifices these men – many of them recent immigrants from Ireland - made for their new homeland.


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 16-26. Entry forms are available at the Visitor Center or on our website and must be submitted by March 26.

Master quilter Marlies Brandt will offer a program on Vintage Sewing Machines on Saturday, April 21. Mark your calendar so you don’t miss it!


If you are interested in volunteering at Historic Fort Steuben we invite you to a Volunteer Open House on Thursday, March 22 at 5:30pm. You will learn about the various ways you can serve, learn more about the activities of the Fort and meet our other steadfast volunteers! Call for more information at 740-283-1787.


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,


Our mini-gallery in the Visitor Center features art work from members of the Steubenville Art Association. Stop by to admire their talent!


After a busy holiday season, we have now restocked our Museum Shop. We try to carry as many locally produced items as possible, including wooden toys, 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.


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 9th at the Hellenic Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Church in Steubenville. The Summer Concert Series will open this year on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th and then continue for ten Thursdays. We welcome sponsors for this event.

The Great Steubenville Eggsibition will be displayed in downtown Steubenville from March 26-April 30. Maps can be obtained at Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe (155 N. 4th Street). Egg-hunters can vote for their favorite egg!

The Festival season begins with Ohio Valley Frontier Days, June 2-3. Just down the road from us will be the popular Greek Food Festival, June 12-15. The Dean Martin Hometown Celebration, June 15-16, is still in the planning stages. Anyone interested in participating, sponsoring or volunteering for any of these events is invited to contact us at the Visitor Center, 740-283-1787.


Tuesdays & Thursdays: Research your genealogy, The Jefferson County Chapter, OGS; 100 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, 10 am-2pm. Phone – 740-346-2820 Website –

March 4: Paul, Apostle of Christ Movie Discussion, with “Passion of the Christ” actor Jim Caviezel, EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo and Dr. Scott Hahn; Finnegan Fieldhouse, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 7:00pm, free and open to the public but pre-registration requested at

March 9: Paint & Sip, Country Crafts from the Heart, Fort Steuben Mall, 100 Mall Drive, Steubenville; 6-9pm; 740.264.2996

March 9 & 10: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Catholic Central High School, 320 Westview Ave, Steubenville, Friday 7pm, Saturday 2pm & 7pm; Adults, $10, Students & Seniors, $5; 740.264.5538

March 10: African American Celebration, program and soul food dinner, “Honoring Our Elders,” African attire, door prizes, Quinn Memorial AME Church, 515 North Street, Steubenville, 2:00pm, $20/ticket, call 740.282.3192

March 10: Kiwanis 8th Annual Trivia Contest, Steubenville High School Commons, 420 N. 4th Street, Steubenville, 7pm

March 12: Jefferson County Historical Association Mansion Museum and Genealogy Library opens for season (depending on weather; will open every Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-3pm; call 740-283-1133

March 15: Fun Night Out, hosted by Grateful Stampers with Ellen Mosti Barner, Salvation Army of Steubenville, 332 N. Fourth Street, Steubenville, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm; Call or Text412.638.1850.

March 16: Greek Fish Fest, Holy Trinity Greek Church, 300 S. 4th Street, Steubenville, Eat in or Take out, 3:30-6:30, 740.282.9835

March 16: Fun Pianos – Dueling Pianos Party, to benefit Jefferson County Humane Society, St. Florian Hall, Wintersville, 7pm doors open, 8pm show begins; tickets $35 in advance 740-314-5583

March 17: 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 17: Weirton’s Annual Festival of Nations, food, music, dance and more; Millsop Community Center, 200 Municipal Plaza, Weirton WV, 11am-4pm

March 17: Academy of Lifelong Learning Open House, descriptions of the spring curriculum and light refreshments; St. Joseph Center, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 1:00pm; contact Iris Craig: 740-544-2779

March 19: Celebrate Life with speaker Anne Pierson, author of the My Baby and Me workbook series, AIM Women’s Center annual dinner, St. Florian Hall, 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville; Doors open at 6pm. Dinner and program 6:00-9:00pm. An opportunity to make a financial gift will be extended.Dinner is complimentary, but registration is required; call 740.283.3636

March 23: Ohio Vietnam Veterans Day, Salute to all area Veterans; Prime Time Office, 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville; 1:00pm

March 23-25: 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 23: Science at the Doorstep to God: Remarkable New Evidence, presentation Fr. Robert Spitzer, SJ, President and Founder of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith, Gentile Gallery, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; 3:00pm

March 28: What’s Up Downtown, sponsored by the Steubenville Revitalization Group, learn about the efforts to “Save the Hellbender”, Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District Office, The Towers, 500 Market Street, Mezzanine, Steubenville; 5:00-8:00pm