STEUBENVILLE - The annual meeting and dinner of the Old Fort Steuben Project Inc. is planned Wednesday at Froehlich's Classic Corner.
The event is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Commemorating 26 years of "Keeping History Alive!", the organization has reconstructed the 18th century Fort Steuben that gave the city its name and has developed an entire block into a destination for local residents and tourists.
"The dinner is a pleasant way to report to all our members, history lovers and the community on the achievements of the past year," explained Director Judy Bratten. "And we offer an opportunity to hear a speaker on a topic relevant to the area."
This year's dinner will feature a presentation by Jonathan Bratten, "In the Crossroads of Empire: The French and Indian War in the Ohio Valley."
Jonathan Bratten was born and raised in the Ohio Valley and developed a love for history. As a teenager, he volunteered at the Jefferson Country Historical Society. He attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, graduating in 2008 with a degree in history. He continued his studies at the University of New Hampshire, graduating in 2011 with a master's degree in history, focusing on colonial America. He has spoken at several academic conferences, most notably the Army Center for Military History's annual conference.
He joined the Army National Guard in 2008 and went on to gain his commission as an officer in 2011. He is serving as a platoon leader with the 262d Engineer Co. in Maine. He lives in Portland, Maine, with his wife Margaret.
The evening will include a Chinese auction, door prizes and a drawing.
Tickets for the dinner are $30 per person, and reservations may be made by calling Historic Fort Steuben at (740) 283-1787.