Applications accepted for Hands-On-History program

TIME TO LEARN — Students sift for artifacts in the archaeology dig during the Summer Youth Educational Program at Historic Fort Steuben. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — Applications are being accepted for the Hands-On-History program at Historic Fort Steuben.

The annual summer youth education program for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders allows students to participate in activities that present life in early Ohio.

“This is an opportunity for youngsters to learn more about our history through crafts, games, videos, and presentations by experts,” explained Judy Bratten, executive director of the fort. “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.”

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. Participants 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 3-7and July 8-12.

The cost of each one-week session is $55 and applications are available at the Visitor Center or at

For information, call (740) 283-1787. Historic Fort Steuben is located at 120 S. Third St. in Steubenville.