The Ohio Valley and the Civil War Exhibit

February 2021 marks the 160th anniversary of the visit of President-Elect Abraham Lincoln to Steubenville as he was on his way to Washington D.C. for his inauguration as President of the United States.  To mark the anniversary, Historic Fort Steuben will host an exhibit entitled The Ohio Valley and the Civil War which will open February 21 through March 20.

                The exhibit will focus on the Civil War through objects and artifacts from the period from several personal local collections. Objects including original Civil War letters, swords, firearms, uniforms, pictures, shot and shell, and personal items will be included. Additionally, text panels explaining the Civil War and its impact the Ohio Valley will be displayed along with the Historic Cannon donated to Steubenville’s Union Cemetery for the veteran’s section by Veterans of the Civil War.

                “We are so fortunate to be able to display these important objects” explained Paul Zuros, Director of Historic Fort Steuben. “The Civil War was such a monumental and defining moment in America. To have the opportunity to display these artifacts at Historic Fort Steuben, gives us the ability to connect with that past and part of our history, in a very real and tangible way.”

                The Exhibit will open on February 21 and continue through March 20 at the Steubenville Visitor Center located at 120 S. 3rd St. in Steubenville.  Hours are Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. Due to the ongoing pandemic, visitors to the exhibit are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.  For more information, please contact the Steubenville Visitor Center at 740-283-1787.

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2020 Virtual Burger Bash – Anita Jackson Scholarship Fundraiser & Raffle to be held.

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-related guidelines and health concerns pertaining to large crowds, the format of this popular annual event have been changed. Please see below. The hope is that it is still able to raise money to fund the Anita Jackson Community Service Scholarship Fund. Please support this important event and project.

When: Wednesday, August 5th

Time: 3 to 6 p.m.

Where: The “Green Space” at The Inn & Suites At Franciscan Square

How it works: Beginning at 5:00 pm, prize tickets will be drawn every five minutes for premiere gift baskets and other raffle items. And stop by the Ambassador Lemonade Stand while you’re there for a freshly made lemonade shake-up.

How can you help? Make a donation online below or stop by from 3 to 5 the day of the event. You will receive 1 entry for each raffle item with a $20 or greater donation. The event will be broadcast via Facebook live from the Green Space at Franciscan Square. If you would like to make a donation to receive your entries please visit the Jefferson County Chamber website under upcoming events and click on 2020 Ambassador Club Burger Bash and proceeds to registration.


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It is Official- Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series Kicks-Off June 25th.

At Last! This Thursday, June 25th, the Fort Steuben Summer Concert Series

begin featuring “Aftermath”, Experience the 60’s.

The Concert starts at 7:00pm at the Berkman Amphitheater.

Aftermath Experience the Sixties show recreates the sights and sounds of the 60s featuring authentic reproductions of some of the most memorable songs from the 60s.

Aftermath delivers the sights with period-correct costuming and delivers the sounds of the 60s so authentically it’s easy for the audience to go back in time while watching, listening and enjoying Aftermath Experience the Sixties deliver a spot-on, family-friendly performance.

During the show, audiences relive the 60s listening to British Invasion, 60s Pop, Psychedelic and ‘Everything Groovy.’  From the Beatles, Byrds & ‘Stones to the Monkees, Grass Roots, Turtles and Strawberry Alarm Clock, Aftermath is the 60s while performing the show.

Social distancing and Covid safety protocols will be observed.

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2020 Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market opens Thursday, June 25th.

The Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market begins next Thursday, June 25th,  2020.

The hours for the market are 8am until 1pm and the location is the corner of South Fourth and South Streets.    It is suggested that the first 90 minutes be set aside to serve the vulnerable population.

This year there will vendors at the market accepting State of Ohio vouchers.  A notice will be posted on site as to who will be accepting the vouchers. 

We will be following CDC and State of Ohio Guidelines concerning social distancing, sanitizing, and the other required safety protocols.

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Opening Concert of 2020 Fort Steuben Concert Series Called 0ff

Historic Fort Steuben regrets to announce that the concert featuring US Kids and Spinning Jenny scheduled for June 18 at 7pm has been canceled following directives from the State Department of Health this morning. Check back with us regarding information on future events at the Fort. We hope to see you all soon!

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Hetty Elizabeth Beatty Questers restoring Historic Structure at Union Cemetery

As weather becomes more pleasant and the urge to be out of doors and go for a walk increases, one of the premiere places to consider is the Union Cemetery. With the winding terrain, lovely landscaping and historic structures it is truly a peaceful and pleasant experience. One of the structures you will want to be sure to see is the Receiving Vault stone building, one of four historical buildings on the register. It features a high-pitched slate roof and buttressed walls of sandstone, and is of Anglo-Saxon chapel design with a modified Gothic stone entrance designed by W.J. Archer in 1888.

The Hetty Elizabeth Beatty Questers are currently in the process of restoring the building.
In the last several years they have restored the historic first office building at Union Cemetery and installed a grave stone for Hetty Elizabeth Beatty, who with her husband Rev. Dr. C.C. Beatty founded the Female Seminary in Steubenville.
The quester group have held many fund raisers, but are still in need of additional funds to complete their project.
If you are interested in contributing please send to HEB Questers, c/o Pugliese Charitable Foundation, P.O. 2620, Wintersville, OH 43953.
Donations are tax deductible.

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Steubenville Annual Events Canceled or Postponed Due to Covid19

The Dean Martin Festival, one of Steubenville’s most popular events, has been canceled for 2020. Since the restrictions from the state are still uncertain for June and considering that this event is heavily attended and brings visitors from around the country, and even some from outside the country, the organizers have decided it would be prudent to cancel the festival for this year.

Historic Fort Steuben’s Ohio Valley Frontier Days originally scheduled for the weekend of June 6-7 has been postponed until late August or early September, as a precaution for the safety of the vendors, visitors, volunteers and staff.

The 2020 Greek Fest hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Festival and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church has been rescheduled from June to October 7th, 8th, & 9th.

Historic Fort Steuben Summer Concerts, as of now, are still expected to be held, however, the start date is slated to be mid-June and the number of concerts to be held has been reduced to seven. They also plan to make adjustments which will enable ‘social distancing’ for those attending.

The Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market will be open June 25th through October 29th, with state COVID19 regulations implemented.

We all look forward to our lives returning to ‘normal’ and enjoying our favorite events and activities. In the meantime stay strong and safe and know that better days are indeed coming!

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Instead of reporting a list of cancellations or postponements, here are the things coming up that we are looking forward to, and that have not been cancelled.  (As of now)

At Fort Steuben Berkman Amphitheater the Summer Concert Series kicks off on Memorial Day, May 25, then continues every Thursday evening May 28th through July 30.  The schedule is being finalized and the list of acts should soon be available.

Also at the Fort, the annual Ohio Valley Frontier Days, when Historic Fort Steuben is filled with soldiers, Native Americans, craft vendors, food vendors, live music and more, is scheduled for June 6-7, 2020.

Historic Fort Steuben is again offering two sessions of the Summer Youth Education Program, Session One being June 8th-12th; and Session Two is from July 13th-17th.

The 2020 Greek Fest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will be taking place from June 16th – 19th, and is always a favorite for everyone.

June also brings the celebration of the Dean Martin Festival, this year including a street fair and being hosted by The Spot Bar.  The dates for the Festival are set for June 19th-21st.

The Downtown Steubenville Farmers’ Market kicks off this year on June 25th and is open every Thursday through October 29th.

Steubenville’s 4th of July Celebration takes place this year on Thursday, July 2nd, at Historic Fort Steuben Park.

From August 18th through 23rd there will be the annual Jefferson County Fair, at Friendship Park. 

Later on, in the fall, at Historic Fort Steuben Visitor Center Constitution Days takes place from September 7th through 19th and Riverboats on the Ohio Exhibit & Program will run from October 4th – 17th.

In early September, the 43rd Annual Festival of the Arts will take place in the Downtown City Commons, Toronto.  Date to be announced.

Then, of course, the Nutcrackers return with Steubenville Lights up the Night on Tuesday November 24th and the Nutcracker Village & Advent Market with Christmas Wonderland runs from November 27th through January 2nd, 2021. 

There are sure to be many more events coming up also, including those that are being rescheduled because of the current health situation.   As more events and dates are released, we will be sure to update you on this website on the calendar and also in the Visitor Center’s Events Email Newsletter, sent out bi-monthly. 

So think ahead and let’s all look forward to better and fun times — ‘Coming Soon’ to a location near you!!

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The Women’s History Month Exhibit at Historic Fort Steuben Now Underway

The Women’s History Month Exhibit opened today, March 2nd at Historic Fort Steuben Visitor Center and as part of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote, Historic Fort Steuben invites speakers of all ages to give a 2-minute soap box speech for or against the cause as it might have been presented in the early 1900’s.

The Soap Box will be available any time, but they particularly invite speakers to present their speech on Saturday, March 7th.  Participants can schedule a specific time and invite others to attend and listen as well.   Although dressing for the part is not required, it would add to the event.    They have signs and period hats as well as an appropriate backdrop for photos. 

For teachers, there is a lesson plan available that can be used to prepare students to participate.

An exhibit from Ohio History Connection on the development and effects of the 19th Amendment will be on display from March 2-9 .  It was developed so the centennial could be celebrated in all corners of the state and to give a platform for the diverse women of Ohio history to speak.  Most of the exhibit is derived from the women’s own words, so people like Harriet Taylor Upton are telling about their personal experiences.

The exhibit on notable women from Steubenville and Ohio will be on display from March 2 – 13.

To schedule a talk or for more information:

 Call 740.283.1787 or email info@oldfortsteuben.com .

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Women’s History Month Exhibit at Historic Fort Steuben

One hundred years ago, on August 26, women of the United States celebrated the final ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.  This year Historic Fort Steuben commemorates that achievement with an exhibit entitled Ohio Women Vote: 100 Years of Change which will be on display from March 2-9, Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. An additional exhibit on Women of Steubenville and Ohio will continue until March 13.

This exhibit produced by the Ohio History Connections and Ohio Humanities Council brings the movement up to date. It not only celebrates the efforts of the women who worked for the right to vote, but also highlights the century of women’s activism that followed.

To bring the exhibit to life, girls and women, who visit the exhibit, are invited to get their pictures taken carrying Women’s Suffrage signs before a panorama of 1910 Steubenville. Students are encouraged to develop a three-minute ‘soap box speech’ to be presented when they visit.

The Ohio History Connection exhibit consists of twelve panels and poses thoughtful questions (such as “What does it mean to be a woman?” and “What does voting give you the power to do?”) to historic and contemporary Ohio women in activism. Their answers help the viewer learn that the 19th Amendment was not the end of women’s activism; it was the beginning. Voting enabled women to further their education, pursue careers, change laws, create social service and cultural organizations, and run for office themselves. 

Women’s  right to vote is something taken for granted today. But when our national government was first formed, women did not have that right.  It took over 130 years for the dream of equal voting rights for women to become a reality but not without real struggles. In the days before automobiles, airplanes, telephones and computers, women traveled the country giving lectures, printing leaflets, organizing protests and parades. The efforts and dedication were incredible.

Many of the suffragettes, as they were called, were also active in the movement to end slavery which was finally achieved with the 13th Amendment in 1865. Many of the methods used to promote abolition were then applied to the equal voting rights efforts.

Voting was only part of the issue. Women could not own property in their own name if they were married. They could not leave an abusive husband who had all the property in his name. Women were often considered property rather than equal human beings.

The Nineteenth Amendment was passed by Congress in 1919. Ohio was the fifth state to ratify the amendment on June 16, 1919.

Visitors are invited to view the exhibit of Women’s History Month at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center, 120 S. 3rd Street, Steubenville. For more information call 740-283-1787.

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