|Lecture to give insight into history of Fort Miamis|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 11 October 2013 09:31|
PERRYSBURG - Fort Meigs will host a lecture on the history of Fort Miamis at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Dave Westrick and Kathi Sund, board members of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission, will present Fort Miamis: Forgotten Fortress in the visitor center. The presentation is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 7 p.m.
The lecture is part of Fort Meigs' Sixty Years War for the Great Lakes Series.
When it was built in 1794, Fort Miamis was one of the most formidable defensive structures in the world, playing a crucial role in the history of Canada and the United States. In this two-part lecture, Westrick will explain the military history behind the fort, how it came to be built and the role it played in the American Indian Wars of the late 18th century.
Sund will explain how much has been learned from the archeology and what several digs on the site have shown about life in a military outpost on the frontier.
Westrick is president of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission. A writer, researcher and amateur historian, he specializes in American frontier history and U.S. involvement in World War I.
Sund is a retired contract archeologist with more than 30 years of experience. She was part of the team that found the actual site of the Battle of Fallen Timbers. She is an expert on Fort Miamis, having been part of every archeological project conducted at that site since the early 1980s.
Fort Meigs is located at 29100 West River Road in Perrysburg.
The program is sponsored by the Anderton Bentley Fund in memory of Christopher Perky, who served at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812.
For more information on this and other events at Fort Meigs, call 800-283-8916 or visit www.fortmeigs.org.
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