June 2017 Update

From the Director:

Memorial Day kicked off the summer activities and there are plenty of them! Our Summer Concert Series had a delayed opening but with a great crowd for the Marcels. The weather looks fine for Thursday’s performance by Blue Lunch (a really fun group). This weekend be sure to check in at our annual festival: Ohio Valley Frontier Days! Soon after that there will be the Holy Trinity Greek Festival with traditional music and dance as well as wonderful food. This year’s Dean Martin Festival commemorates his 100th birthday with 4 days of music and events, including a parade and the Steubenville Hometown Celebration on June 17th. And then the farmers’ markets will open with fresh produce and baked goods. What a great time of year! Be sure to include a visit to Historic Fort Steuben as part of your summer activities.


We are looking forward to this year's festival, June 3rd and 4th. This event is an engaging way to learn the history of our area and our country. We will have two soldier encampments to recreate military life on the Ohio frontier. These reenactors 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 they will be represented by members of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio who will demonstrate colonial era tools and techniques.

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 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 so there will be traditional music each day and a Frontier Dance on the Visitor Center front lawn on Saturday evening.

Be sure to catch Ohio's own singer/songwriter Steve Free on Saturday on the stage in the Fort while Rich and Kathy Small and Bill Schilling perform in the Visitor Center. Food, pony rides, games and more - don't miss this weekend of family fun!


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

May 2017 Update


Spring is truly here in all its lush beauty. Drive down shady back roads and you can see the trillium and maypops. Stroll by the Jefferson County Courthouse and breathe in the fragrance of the lilacs. And sit by the Veterans Memorial Fountain in Fort Steuben Park and enjoy the sparkling, splashing water.

It’s also the time for school field trips and Historic Fort Steuben is prepared to welcome hundreds of students again this month. Our amazing volunteers can tailor the tours to the grade levels of the students, helping them understand the ways of the past and the challenges faced by our forebears. It is so rewarding to see how the young people respond when they use the chain and compass or get locked up in the pillory. Teachers receive a packet of activities, maps, vocabulary, puzzles and information to prepare their classes for the visit and for follow up lessons.

This is also the month for our annual dinner. I appreciate this time where I can thank our members and supporters personally, see familiar faces and meet new acquaintances. The effort to prepare for this event is well worth it. I hope to see you there! -- Judy Bratten


We still must finish the centerpieces, print the programs and organize the auction and we will then be ready for the annual membership dinner of the Old Fort Steuben Project to be held at the Hellenic Hall on Wednesday, May 10th. This event is an opportunity to get a review of the past year at the Fort and Visitor Center as well as enjoy a fine meal with good company. Instead of a speaker, this year we will have a mix of history and entertainment with our “To Tell the Truth” game show. Who will be on the panel? Who will be our famous guests? You can still RSVP by May 5. $40 per person.


We have 170 memberships for 2017 and hope to reach our goal of 200. Membership supports all our exhibits, programs and events…as well as paying the electric bill! You can sign up on our website! www.oldfortsteuben.com/memberships.php


The original Fort Steuben was built in 1786-1787 to house the soldiers sent to protect the surveyors of the Northwest Territory. Since its reconstruction, Historic Fort Steuben has been privileged to work closely with the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio to help us learn about the ways 18th century surveyors worked and how the westward movement developed. This week, we will host a special continuing education workshop by the PLSO on the history of surveying the Northwest Territory. Though the workshop is not open to the public, our Interpreters will be attending and be able to add to their store of knowledge which they will then share with our visitors. We never stop learning!


We are grateful to the Walmart Distribution Center and the Walmart Foundation for their grant of $1000 for our educational programming. Such contributions allow us to keep our programs at a high quality while reserving our other funds for daily operations. What programs? The Summer Youth Educational Program, the Fall Field Days, and the numerous school field trips.


The 2017 Fort Steuben Summer Concert season will open on May 25th with the renowned doo-wop band, The Marcels! We have an eclectic mix of performers this year, some familiar and some appearing for the first time. We have added another concert and are grateful to the many sponsors who help us offer this live entertainment in the Berkman Amphitheater. The keepsake program booklet is at the printers but will list all those who make this event possible. We hope you can make opening night (and say a little prayer for good weather!). Special thanks to major sponsors: the Kessler Family, Trinity Health System, WTOV/Fox, Tri-State Financial Services, the Laurels of Steubenville and WesBanco.


The US Army Jazz Ambassadors will be returning to the Berkman Amphitheater on June 24 for an evening of great entertainment sponsored by WTOV . Billed as America’s Big Band, The Jazz Ambassadors is the official touring big band of the United States Army. From the big band sounds of t'he 1940's to the contemporary hits of today, the members of the Jazz Ambassadors present a versatile musical program that has earned them international recognition and appeals to all ages. Be sure to mark your calendar!


It’s not too soon to sign up a child for our Summer Youth Educational Program. For one week, students are immersed in activities, crafts, lessons, and games that make history come alive. Session One begins on June 5 and Session Two begins on July 10. The cost is $55 per child and the registration form is on the website or at the Visitor Center or call for more information: 740-283-1787.


June will be busy time at Historic Fort Steuben and downtown Steubenville this summer. Ohio Valley Frontier Days will again be held on the first weekend in June with reenactors and crafters, food and fun, music and dance, and pony rides! We look forward to seeing Chief Logan, Baron von Steuben, the soldiers with their cannon and the surveyors with their compasses.

The Greek Food Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Church will feature traditional food and drink and music from June 13-16. They have great meals for take-out!

The Dean Martin Festival will celebrate Dino’s 100th birthday with 4 days of music and memories, June 15-18. The schedule can be found on their website, www.deanmartinsteubenville.com.

The Steubenville Hometown Celebration on June 17th will add to the Dino festivities with a 5K walk/run, street fair with vendors, food, music, mini-train rides and games and a dance marathon. The highlight will be the Dean Martin Centennial Parade at noon with Deana Martin as Grand Marshal. She will be the headliner at the Dean Martin Tribute Show at the Steubenville High School at 4pm that day. Tickets are only available at the door - $10.


The Museum Shop has books, maps, charts, puzzles, games, toys, stationery, tee shirts, post cards and a wide variety of souvenirs! We have some craft kits, too, including a bird house and a fairy garden. New children’s books have come in with the focus on Ohio. Stop in and browse!



Mondays: Pedal Toronto, gather at the Bike Kiosk across from the Football Stadium, 6:00 pm, call 740-544-5324 for more information;

Wednesdays & Thursdays: Jefferson County Historical Museum open from 10am-3pm; call 740-283-1133 to schedule a tour;

May 5 & 6: Book Sale and Book Signing, Used and new book sale with five local authors to sign their work, benefit for the Pleasant Hill School House Museum, 3125 St. Rt. 213, Steubenville; 10am-2pm; 740.544.566

May 6: Special Olympics, Harding Middle School, Cafeteria and Gymnasium, 2002 Sunset Blvd. Steubenville; 8am-2pm, 740.283.8974;

May 6: 5th Annual Mother-Daughter Tea, presented by Brightway Center, Inc. 2511 Co. Rd. 15, Rayland OH; 1-3 pm, $15 - Mother and Daughter, $5 for each additional Daughter; $10 -Single Ladies.

May 6: Fort Steuben Fiber Guild, Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville; join with others in their monthly meeting to learn and practice spinning, crocheting, knitting and more; 9am to noon; 740.73.7480;

May 7: All Valley Youth Rally, live music and messages of hope, Steubenville High School, 420 N. 4th Street, Steubenville; 6-9pm,

May 9: 2017 Jefferson County Chamber Golf Classic, Steubenville Country Club, 413 Lovers Lane, Steubenville; presented by Trinity Health System, 8:30am – Registration, 10:00am - Shotgun Start, 740.282.6226

May 11: Essential Oils 101: Kick the Chemicals to the Curb! BookMarx Bookstore, 181 N. 4th St, Steubenville, 6:30 pm

May 13-14: Wings Over Pittsburgh, 911th Airlift Wing - Pittsburgh IAP ARS, 2475 Defense Ave, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania 15108, 9am-4pm, www.pittsburgh.afrc.af.mil/News/OpenHouse/FAQ.aspx

May 17: Watercolor with Frank Webb, Steubenville Art Association Workshop, Steubenville Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd St, Steubenville; 9:30am to 4:00pm; $40, call 740.264.2668

May 20: Maifest- Celebration of Spirit, Historic Zoar Village, Zoar, OH; German food & beer, speakers, music and more; 9am-4pm, 330-874-3011;

May 20: Two for Tea@the Elizabeth House, An Afternoon Tea & Exhibit of Vintage & Antique Hats & Tea Sets; Elizabeth House, Mount Pleasant, OH; 1:00pm, 800.752.2631

May 20: Spring Lantern Tour, Historic Schoenbrunn Village, 1984 E. High Ave, New Philadelphia, OH, from 8-10 pm take a stroll through the 18th century village by lantern light; 330-663-6610, Admission; www.facebook.com/HistoricSchoenbrunnVillage

May 21: Spring Concert, Canticle Singers Catholic Youth Choir, Blessed Sacrament Church, Wintersville, OH; 3:00 pm, free admission www.canticlesingers.com

May 25-Aug 10: Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series, Berkman Amphitheater, Steubenville, 6:30pm, call to confirm schedule in case of bad weather: 740-283-1787

May 31: Oil & Gas Update Luncheon, sponsored by Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Hellenic Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Church, S. 4th Street; 11:30am-1:00pm, $15 – Chamber Members $10 – Non-Members; 740.282.6226