Historic Fort Steuben may be closed for the season, but you can still find things of interest at the Visitor Center. In the Museum Shop there is a unique selection of books for all ages on local and American history as well as our own Historic Fort Steuben Coloring Book. We stock Masterpiece Jigsaw Puzzles and RoyToy log building sets and locally made wooden toys. Looking for Steubenville, Nutcracker and Fort souvenirs? They are here!
In the lobby there is an exhibit by Kim Hohlmayer of the Steubenville Art Association. And be sure to submit a suggestion to name the singing Nutcracker who is standing guard at the door.
The 2017 Nutcracker Village & Advent Market and the Christmas Wonderland will open on Nov. 21 so the Exhibit Hall is now closed for decorating. Check out the schedule here and here.
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!