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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2nd Annual Sweetheart Chocolate Walk/Drive

Historic Fort Steuben will again be offering the Sweetheart Chocolate Walk, on Saturday, February 15th from 10:00am to 4:00pm in downtown Steubenville.

The process is simple. Purchase a $20 ticket which will entitle the holder to a chocolate treat at each of the participating businesses. After visiting each site, participants will drop off their stamped tickets at the Visitor Center to be eligible for a drawing for a Dinner for Two at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern .

Each business chooses the kind of chocolate treat it will offer so there should be a nice variety to take home. Although there is one treat per ticket offered at each site, a couple or family can participate by sharing the goodies. Many of the sites have additional bargains, too.

Tickets and maps should be obtained at the Visitor Center as soon as possible. Tickets can be reserved by calling 740.283.1787.

Here are the treats offered:

At the Visitor Center: fudge from Renee’s Confections.

Antique Warehouse: Chocolate Candy plus $2 off jar candles/ 10% off sales over $20.

Yorgo’s: Greek pastry.

Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe: Chocolate nutcrackers.

Leonardo’s Coffeeshop: 8oz Hot Chocolate drink.

Steubenville Popcorn Co: Chocolate Popcorn.

BookMarx Bookstore: Chocolate Cupcakes.

The Prodigal Daughter Treasures & Trinkets: Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Ohio Valley Handmades: Cracker Candy plus 20% off store-wide.

Froehlich’s Classic Corner: Buckeyes plus Chocolate Martinis $5 (over 21).

Urban Frontier: Homemade Truffles and hot chocolate.

Elite Pro Coaching: Sugar free, low carb chocolate fluff plus app offers.

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Awards presented for the Steubenville Sights & Sounds of Christmas Parade: Nutcracker Magic 2019

The Awards for the 2019 Steubenville Christmas Parade were presented today at the Steubenville Visitor Center and are as follows:-

Non Float Category: 1st Place – Eastern Construction and Excavating; 2nd Place – Steubenville Aladdin Shrine Motor Patrol; 3rd Place – Harding Middle School Band.

Float Category: 1st Place – Boy Scouts of America, Ohio River Valley Council; 2nd Place – First Choice America Federal Credit Union; 3rd Place – Wells Academy-Steubenville City Schools.

Grand Prize: McKinley STEM Academy.

Mayor’s Award: Grand Theater Restoration.

A very special THANK YOU to the many who came to the ceremony today and to all the parade participants who braved the rain on parade day and “Came Anyway” with their extraordinary entries. Their hard work and zeal made the parade a wonderful success and brought joy to many people.

Thank You also to our judges who had the most difficult job of choosing the winners — Beth Rupert-Warren, representing the Kiwanis; Domenick Mucci, representing the Lions Club; and Michael Mehalik, representing the Rotary Club. Good Job!


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The Parade Goes On!

In spite of the inclement weather, the 2019 Steubenville Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade went off with 85 of its 105 entries. We are so grateful for all the faithful participants who showed up, rain gear and all, and put all that extra effort in not letting the day ‘dampen’ their spirits. We are also grateful to the spectators who braved the weather with umbrellas in hand and the attitude of that old saying, “You won’t rain on our parade”. 

We had five great bands, a large variety of creative and very impressive floats, high school homecoming queens, decorated vehicles, walkers, dogs, horses, dance group, the trolley with Steubenville city employees, a beautiful surrey drawn by an equally beautiful black horse carrying representatives of the this year’s Grand Marshal, Steubenville City Schools, and more.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season!

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Deadline Extended!

If you wish to participate in the Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic 2019 parade on December 14th at noon in downtown Steubenville we need to get your parade application now. The deadline has been extended to November 15th at 4:00pm. No late fee will be charged if we receive your application by then. The parade has grown in attendance and size over the past few years, so if you want to be a part of the fun and excitement the time to respond is NOW!

Call: Mary @ 740.283.4935 or email: mary@visitsteubenville.com

Santa arriving in 2018 Parade
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Steubenville Christmas Parade has a new Title Sponsor and a deadline approaching!

The Sights and Sounds of Christmas: Nutcracker Magic Parade will be sponsored this year by Team Automotive Group. The announcement was made at a press conference at the Steubenville Visitor Center on Friday by Judy Bratten and Mary Snyder of the Visitor Center and Justin Teramana from Team Automotive.

“Team Automotive has made a commitment to the community as part of its business plan,” Teramana explained. “We are pleased to be the title sponsor of this very special event during the holiday season.”

“Thanks” to Team Automotive for their support, as well as the additional sponsorship from Trinity Medical System.   It is wonderful that the sponsors appreciate the parade’s importance to the community and wish to ensure it continues. 

There has been considerable interest this year from entrants who have never been in the parade before. It is always nice to have new faces and this also is a good indication that the scope of the parade is broadening.   

There have been quite a number of applications requested which have not yet been returned and we have not yet heard from some of our ‘regular’ participants.  If you or your organization wish to participate in the parade this year, now is the time to act.     It is a major undertaking to organize the parade, to be sure all the units know where to line up, and to prepare the information for broadcasting so we need those entry forms as soon as possible.

The parade will again be televised live by WTOV9/Fox9 and will include bands, dance troupes, floats, all sorts of vehicles, walking groups, animals, and more. There will be prizes for the most creative floats and entries.

The parade will begin at North Street and continue down Fourth Street to South Street. As the grand finale, Santa will come into town in a unique Steel Tanker Sleigh and greet all those along the route.

For application forms and more information call the Visitor Center at 740-283-4935 or email: mary@visitsteubenville.com

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Local Sheriff to be Honored at Upcoming Dinner

The Mingo Business Association is proud to honor the hardest working sheriff in the Ohio Valley, with a special dinner for Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla. Association President Jim Freiling said, “It is time for our organization to recognize the Sheriff for his 33 years of service and dedication to making Jefferson County a safe place to live.” In addition to wearing his Sheriff’s badge, Abdalla has also served as Mayor of the village of Stratton, a Mayor’s Court judge and proudly defended the United States during the Vietnam War, earning several citations and medals.

This testimonial dinner will be held on Sunday, September 8th at the Mingo Junction Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors will open at 5 pm, with dinner served at 6 pm. Tickets are $40 per person and $20 for first responders and military veterans and their spouses. Your ticket includes a gourmet dinner and a lively and loving roast of Sheriff Abdalla.

The venue is arranged for open seating, but group tables for 8 to10 people are available if reserved prior. Call Freiling at 740-317-1963 to arrange for group tables, or if you or your business would like to be among the event sponsors. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the official program and all proceeds after expenses will be donated to the local Salvation Army chapter, also in the Sheriff’s honor.

This event is open to everyone. Sheriff Abdalla has touched so many lives. Please join us in recognizing this Ohio Valley hero.

Tickets are available at the following locations:

The Fort Steuben Visitor Center

Tickets are available at the following locations:

The Fort Steuben Visitors Center;  Naples Spaghetti House;  Ferguson’s House of Furniture;  Fort Steuben Mall office;  Abdalla’s Tavern and Steakhouse;  Mingo Junction Village Building; Pesta’s Market;  Mingo Blast Furnace Coffee House;  Prime Time Office on Aging;  Softite Community Federal Credit Union – Mingo Junction

jeffersoncodems.com/fred (for online credit card ticket purchases)

  • or – by calling Jim Freiling at 740-317-1963

Media coverage of this event is welcome.

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Steubenville featured on “My Town Today” website.

Journalist Kristy Burns visited Steubenville in June and has featured the City in an article entitled “Steubenville, OH – Industrial Era Town Re-Invented” on her website ‘My Town Today” . 

Click ‘Continue Reading’ below, then on the link to view this interesting and very well done presentation.


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As we celebrate and enjoy the festivities tomorrow let us remember all our heroes past and present who have and continue to insure our freedom.


Here is the schedule of events for the Fourth of July in Steubenville: (Please note that the new rain date for the Steubenville Fireworks is JULY 11th).

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Civil War Tour of Steubenville’s Historic Union Cemetery

Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville Visitor Center will host a tour of the Civil War section of Steubenville’s Historic Union Cemetery led by Jeff Evans, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 6pm.  The tour will focus on the critical months of May, June and July of 1863.

“During those months, the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg were fought, engaging hundreds of Upper Ohio Valley men in the conflicts,” explained Evans.  “The War impacted the Upper Ohio Valley also at that time with the infamous Confederate Morgan’s Raiders that were the area in the summer of 1863.”

The tour will focus on the men and women from the Upper Ohio Valley who shaped and were impacted by the battles and the war, some of whom are interred at Union Cemetery.  Evans, an educator, speaker and native of Wintersville, has been interested in Civil War history for many years, previously working as a National Park Ranger with the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park.

Participants will meet at the Jefferson County Civil War Memorial in Union Cemetery located at 1720 Sunset Blvd. at 6pm.  A suggested donation of $5 per person will be asked.  For more information and a map of the cemetery, contact Historic Fort Steuben, 740-283-1787 or info@oldfortsteuben.com.

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