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Applications for fort’s summer youth program available

SURVEYING SESSION — Al Smith of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio teaches students 18th century methods at the Fort Steuben Summer Youth Educational Program. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — Applications for the 2022 Hands-On-History at Historic Fort Steuben in Steubenville are now being accepted.

This annual Summer Youth Educational Program for fourth- to sixth-graders allows students to participate in activities that present life in the early Ohio Valley.

“This is an opportunity for youngsters to learn more about our history through crafts, games, videos and presentations by experts,” explained Paul Zuros, executive director of Historic Fort Steuben. “Every year we try to add something new or expand on what we’ve done before. We have several students who love to come every year,” Zuros said.

Among the topics covered are the history and crafts of Native Americans, the surveying and settlement of the Northwest Territory, the military experiences at the fort, the Lewis and Clark expedition and the work of archaeologists. Students will measure, dig, make crafts and learn about creatures in the Ohio River as well as march with Baron von Steuben.

The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day with two sessions — June 13-17 and July 11-15. The cost of each one-week session is $55, and applications are available at the Visitor Center or on the website, www.oldfortsteuben.com. For information, call (740) 283-1787.

Historic Fort Steuben is located at 120 S. Third St., Steubenville.

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