Veterans Day Ceremony @ Fort Laurens Museum
Nov 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Fort Laurens Museum as we honor the sacrifices of veteran, both past and present, in this intimate wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot. The program includes an honor and color guard, a keynote speaker, and the wreath laying ceremony. Immediately following the ceremony, a lunch provided by Marcia and Marty Zawacky on behalf of the Friends of Fort Laurens will occur. This event is free and open to the public.

Fort Laurens Veteran Speaker Series: World War I @ Fort Laurens Museum
Nov 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Fort Laurens Veteran Speaker SeriesJoin Fort Laurens Museum for the final installment of the Veteran Speaker Series following the Veterans Day Ceremony and Luncheon. Dr. Bruno Cabanes from The Ohio State University will present “Mass Death and the Emotional History of WWI.”

Dr. Cabanes is the Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History at The Ohio State University. He studied history at the Ecole normale supérieure, in Paris, and received his PhD, with distinction, from the Université Paris I- Panthéon Sorbonne, and his Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Prior to coming to the Ohio State University, he taught for nine years at Yale University. Dr. Cabanes is a historian of twentieth-century Europe, and more specifically, the social and cultural history of war.  He is the author of several publications, including, La Victoire endeuillée. La sortie de guerre des soldats français, 1918-1920 [Shrouded Victory: French Soldiers and the Transition to Civilian Life, 1918-1920], The Great War and the Origins of Humanitarianism, 1918-1924,  August 1914. France, The Great War and a Month that Changed the World Forever, which was a finalist for a prestigious French book award, the Prix Fémina for nonfiction in 2014. He is on the editorial board of several history journals, including, L’Histoire , Vingtième Siècle. Revue d’histoire, and Sensibilités. Histoire, Critique, Sciences Sociales. Dr. Cabanes is also on the advisory boards for Historial de la Grande Guerre and the Museum of the Great War in Verdun.

The speaker will begin at 1 pm in the museum auditorium, following the luncheon. This program is free and open to the public. Fort Laurens is located at 11067 Fort Laurens Rd., Bolivar, OH 44612.

Free Speaker Series: Gallagher the Canaler @ Fort Laurens Museum
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

November’s FREE speaker will be Foster Brown from the Cleveland Metroparks, to give a first-person interpretation as Gallagher the Canaler. The Fort Laurens Speaker series takes place March-November on the third Saturday at 11 am in the museum auditorium. The museum is located at 11067 Fort Laurens Rd. Bolivar, OH 44612. Questions? Call 330-874-2059

Speaker Series
Mar 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Speaker Series returns in March with author and artist, Alan Fitzpatrick. This talk centers on the previously untold number of white captives during the 18th century wars, who, once adopted by the major tribes, chose not to return to colonial society once given the chance to do so. I wrote the book with the help of the tribal archivist of the Wyandot Nation in Oklahoma, so the talk reveals the Native side of the story of the war years and deals specifically with many white men who were living and fighting alongside the Indians as adopted sons, such as Simon Girty, the most notable, and the role they played in campaigns, including the attack and siege of Fort Laurens.

Speaker Series
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Meet the notorious Simon Girty. A white man who fought with the Indians Girty is one of the most controversial figures in American History. Early settlers in the area feared him as a violent and dangerous renegade. The British considered him an invaluable asset in their struggle to subdue the rebellious Americans. The Indians adopted him and considered him a brother. Meet the man and learn the facts behind his extraordinary life and legend.This will be a first person presentation by Dave Westrick, researcher, historical reenactor, and expert on early American History.

Character Walk
Apr 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us on a journey through history on our very first Character Walk to be held at Fort Laurens. Visitors will walk the grounds and encounter various characters associated with Fort Laurens including Simon Girty, John Gibson, and some famous Fort Laurens descendants. Admission is $10 per person which includes entrance to the museum. Tour will leave every 20 minutes from 1:00 – 4:00.


Homeschool Day
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., explore the range of history at Fort Laurens with interactive stations from American Indian activities to Revolutionary War history, and the Ohio and Erie Canal. This event is partnered with the Historic Zoar Village Spring Homeschool Day, which gives students the opportunity to experience two unique history sites in one day! Admission for Fort Laurens Homeschool Day is $3 per student. There is one free adult allowed per group, with additional adults $3 each. A combination ticket between Historic Zoar Village and Fort Laurens Homeschool Days is $6 per student, with one free adult and $8 for each additional adult. Reservations are required for Homeschool Day and can be made by calling (330) 874-3011


Speaker Series
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Speaker Series returns in May with a first person interpretation of George and Martha Washington as they discuss life during winter encampments in the years 1779-1783. The Washingtons will be portrayed by Bill and Cara Elder.

Speaker Series
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Acclaimed the “Finest Flag Show in America!” Entertainment for the whole family! Many Faces of Old Glory, tells the history of how we got our flag and how we got the United States. Because you cannot tell the story of how we got our flag without telling how we got the United States. Now this is not a history lecture. There is humor in some of the stories and we hope you will laugh when it is funny, but we know you will be thrilled when it is thrilling … there are a few sad places too. This presentation will be given by Vane Scott III who carries on the tradition of his father, the founder of the Colonial Flag Company.

Let Them Eat Cake
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You’re invited to an afternoon tea on Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Fort Laurens Museum. This program will focus on women of the 18th century. Those attending will sample a variety of desserts and teas. Guests are invited to dress in their finest clothing both period and modern day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 330-874-2059. Cost is $10 per guest.