Hundreds of drivers pass by it or over it each day. Barges transport coal and goods up and downstream. Fishermen and kayakers enjoy recreation time there. It is the Ohio River – the “beautiful Ohio” – and a significant part of our history, commerce and culture.
Beginning on Monday, Oct. 2, Historic Fort Steuben presents a new exhibit on the river, Riverboats on the Ohio- from Canoes to Showboats: A Century of Change. Consisting of educational panels, models, music and other information, the exhibit gives an overview of the Ohio River in history, the development of river transportation, and its impact on commerce and culture particularly in Steubenville and the upper Ohio Valley.
An opening program will be held on Monday, Oct. 2 at pm. Guest speaker Thom Way will tell tales of the river and the riverboats with information collected by his great-uncle, Fred Way.
The exhibit was developed by Historic Fort Steuben with funding in part by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and will run through October 14.
On September 17, the nation celebrates Constitution Day - an opportunity to learn about our founding document and the people who were instrumental in "framing" it. The founders realized that the country would be growing and the document would have to adapt to changes in the future so they built into it a process to create amendments. This was crucial because the Constitution laid out the outline and responsibilities of the government, but omitted listing the rights of the citizens.
Several states would not ratify the Constitution without a guarantee of rights - and so the first ten amendments were added. Called "The Bill of Rights," these amendments ensure that the democracy the founders envisioned could become a reality. More amendments have been added in the past 225 years, but those first ten are so much a fabric of our society that they often are taken for granted.
"The Bill of Rights and You!" is a new addition to our annual Celebrate the Constitution exhibit that opens on September 9. Take some time to stop by and refresh your knowledge of this important document and the process by which amendments are added. It's all basic citizenship!
Touring Historic Fort Steuben is an opportunity to step back in time, to see what life was like for the soldiers and settlers who came to the Ohio frontier in the late 18th century.
Inside each of the buildings there are furnishings and articles that would have been typical of the time. Some of them are unfamiliar to our modern eyes. What is that gadget on the table in the Officer's Quarters? What are those medical tools in the Hospital?
To make the tour more interesting, we offer a Scavenger Hunt with photos of artifacts that are in the Fort. All the visitors who successfully complete the Scavenger Hunt leave with a special souvenir.
Can you find all the items? Come visit the Fort and try it for yourself!