November news from Historic Fort Steuben


Executive director, Historic Fort Steuben

Brisk winds and frosty mornings are here – time to put away the lawn mower and get ready for winter and holiday activities. Although the fort itself is closed for the season, there are still a number of activities in the visitors center, so stop by and say hello.



Our annual exhibit commemorating the Civil War will run from Monday through Nov. 16. The exhibit includes information on Ohio’s role in the conflict as well as the details of the soldier’s life. Maps, charts and books also will be on display.

The Gettysburg Campaign will be a special feature of this year’s program with four evenings of presentations:

  • MONDAY: “The Prelude to Gettysburg” by Lloyd Wells, a retired history teacher from Steubenville City School.

Wells is a Teacher of Merit Award recipient from the National History Day in Ohio; a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar; a sponsor of the National History Day Contest for 27 years; a sponsor of the Daughters of the American Revolution Junior Citizens Contest; the National Geography Bee; the “It Ought to be a Law” essay contest from the Ohio Bar Association; a member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association; and a member of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable.

  • TUESDAY: “Battle of Gettysburg, Day 1” by Roger Micker, a retired history teacher from Steubenville High School.

Micker is a past president of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable; a committee member for the Ohio Civil War Sesquicentennial; a member of the Ohio Historical Society Teacher Advisory Committee; a Friends of Gettysburg member and presenter; member of the Ohio Graduation Testing Committee; and a Civil War re-enactor and living history member

  • WEDNESDAY: “Battle of Gettysburg, Day 2” by Jon-Erik Gilot, the archivist for the Diocese of Wheeling/ Charleston.

Gilot is a graduate of Bethany College where he earned a degree in history and has had a lifelong interest in the Civil War as it relates to the Ohio Valley.

  • THURSDAY: “Battle of Gettysburg, Day 3 & Retreat” by Tom Buckley, a past president of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable

Buckley is an adjunct assistant professor of history at Belmont College and moderator of the Belmont College Civil War discussion group. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Ohio University.

All presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the King Conference Room. Admission is free but donations are welcome. For information call (740) 283-1787.

The schedule is subject to change so call to confirm.


As we do every year, a ceremony to honor all the veterans who have given their lives for our country will be held at the Berkman Amphitheater in Fort Steuben Park at 11 a.m. on the 11th of the 11th month (Nov. 11). Please take an hour or so that Monday to join in the commemoration.


The fort is closed for the season, but the visitors center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays except for Thanksgiving weekend.

In the visitors center you can find information on events, lodging, dining and activities in Steubenville and the surrounding area as well as travel information. The museum shop is open and carries a wide selection of items that celebrate Steubenville, Jefferson County, our local teams and our history. Browse through our books on local and American history or pick up a cookbook as a gift. We are the community source for postcards and souvenirs.


From school field trips to summer concerts to quilt shows to community events – Historic Fort Steuben provides a variety of cultural and educational programs throughout the year. And we need your support since we are a private nonprofit and do not receive regular government funding.

If every member would recruit one more member, we could double our support. A family membership in Historic Fort Steuben is only $35 for a year – but a priceless contribution to this special place. Please consider renewing your membership, becoming a member or enlisting a new member so we can continue “Keeping History Alive!” Your efforts in preserving the past are an investment in the future.


We concluded the fort season with our annual Fall Field Days. More than 140 fifth-graders from the Steubenville City Schools visited over three days and made candles, sifted dirt in the archaeology dig, surveyed land in the Northwest Territory Surveying Academy and watched the blacksmith, flintknapper and potter demonstrate 18th century skills. Other schools had custom itineraries at the fort as well.

This is our primary purpose – to tell the stories of history and give students an experience of early life in our country. Many thanks go to our wonderful volunteers and demonstrators who interacted with each of the children, making them welcome and guiding them in their learning. We welcome new volunteers. Please consider joining this great team.


Historic Fort Steuben will offer a Christmas tree decorating workshop for children ages 6 to 12 at 10 a.m. on Nov. 23.

Under the direction of Marnee Muhleman and Kim Hohlmayer, the children will create their own unique designs. Each child will be presented with a 2-foot artificial tree and a large selection of ornaments, ribbons and beads to create a one-of-a-kind tree. The cost will be $20 per child.

The workshop will be held in the Fort Steuben Visitors Center at 120 S. Third St., Steubenville. Registration is required by calling (740) 283-1787.


Months of planning and fundraising are necessary for each season of concerts in the Berkman Amphitheater. If you, your business or organization would like to be a sponsor, let us know and we will add you to our mailing list when the requests go out.

Sponsorships range from $250 (for an ad in the program) to $1,500 (to sponsor one concert). The 2014 concerts will run from May 22 through Aug. 7.


It has taken nine months to develop, but we will soon be launching our new website with updated features and a fresh look. We have been working with the award-winning team at Dotson Design Studio to create a website that will be easy to navigate and filled with great information. We look forward to receiving your feedback once it’s up and running.


The latest order of bricks has been put in place. An engraved brick is a unique and lasting way to honor a loved one or commemorate an event. Bricks are $65 for non-members and $50 for members.

Any bricks ordered in the next six months will be put in next spring. Proceeds go to maintaining the fountain and park. Brick forms can be obtained in the visitors center or at



The Fort Steuben Visitors Center is pleased to announce that the “Eastern Gateway Community College Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade” with support from Trinity Health System, WTOV, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and the Kessler Family will be held at noon on Dec. 7 in downtown Steubenville.

As of this writing, there are more than 70 units committed to the parade which will be televised live by WTOV TV and streamed on its website as well. This is an effort by the Steubenville Events Committee – a great group of committed people who are determined to make this a memorable event.

Want information on participating in the parade? Call (740) 283-4935 or go to

The visitors center has welcomed hundreds of visitors this past summer and sent out many visitor packets. We have a unique selection of Dean Martin souvenirs as well as information on the various upcoming events in the area.

We support other initiatives to preserve history such as the Pleasant Hill School House Museum on state Route 213, Steubenville, which has its annual Christmas cookie sale (5 dozen cookies for $25. Call (740) 283-1626 by Nov. 23 to order. We also support the Grand Theater Restoration Project which will be hosting a Night of Grand Fashion Show on Nov. 16. Tickets $25 and are on sale in the visitors center.

One of these days many visitors will be able to enjoy these historic sites as well as the fort, the murals and the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum.



— Through Nov. 21: Jefferson County Historical Association Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday until Nov. 21 when it will close for the winter.

— Nov. 8: Holy Trinity Mini Greek Fest, Holy Trinity Greek Church, 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; call-in orders: (740) 282-7770;

— Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, at 7 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 17 at 2 p.m: Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, Anathan Theater, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 1235 University Blvd, Steubenville; (740) 283-6245;

— Nov. 10: “Doo Wop for Scholarships” dinner and music featuring nationally known Marcels to benefit Martin Luther King Association Scholarship Program; St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; $35; doors open 5:30 p.m.; (740) 284-5861;

— Nov. 11: Veterans Day Dedication Ceremony at Honor Wall, Jefferson County Veterans Museum, Friendship Park, Smithfield; 3 p.m.;

— Nov. 15: “Festa del Vino” wine and food to benefit the Italian American Cultural Club Scholarship Fund; St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; $30 in advance, $35 at the door; tickets available at Florian Hall, Pittera’s and Celebrations; (740) 264-7048

— Nov. 16: Grand Night for Holiday Fashion with Macy’s to benefit the Grand Theater Restoration Project, Center of Music and Art, Main Street, Wintersville; doors open at 6 p.m. with fashion show beginning at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $25 per person available at the visitors center and at the door; (740) 264-8008;

— Nov. 25: “Giving Thanks for the Red, White & Blue” featuring the Youngstown Connection and presented by the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild, dinner and music; St. Florian Hall, Luray Drive, Wintersville; $30; doors open at 5:30 p.m.; for information and reservations call (740) 284.5861.

What a lot of neat events, benefits and performances this month. No one can say there’s nothing to do around here, but, if you do find yourself with time on your hands, come and visit us and tell us what else you’d like to see happening.