LIMA — The Allen County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, in the Allen County Museum Folsom Auditorium, 620 W. Market St., Lima.
Guest speaker Kenneth Sowards will present “The Loramie Site on the Fleckenstein Farm, Fort Loramie, Ohio.”
The 111th Annual Membership Meeting of the
Allen County Historical Society
The Allen County Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Folsom Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Our guest speaker, Kenneth Sowards, will be preceded by a brief business meeting. Sowards will present The Loramie Site on the Fleckenstein Farm, Fort Loramie, Ohio. Sowards is a highly regarded former social studies teacher who taught at Fort Loramie High School. He attended Miami University Middletown, where he received a BA in history at Miami Oxford and a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Dayton. Sowards’ interest in history has been with him since he was a teen.
Retiring from teaching in 2014, Ken participated in an archaeological dig near Fort Loramie. As a result of the dig, Sowards was able to locate the site of a trading post dating back to the pre-Revolutionary War and Anthony Wayne’s Fort Loramie. A year prior, he was able to pinpoint the exact location of the tree that was used to mark the starting point of the Greenville Treaty survey line from 1795.
Ken continued pursuing more information about the Loramie site, working closely with three men including a surveyor from the Shelby County Engineer’s Office and representatives from two local Historical Societies. The efforts of these men has yielded success, as Ken was able to determine, with precision, information about the Greenville Treaty. Furthermore, the excavation unearthed a variety of items, some of which amounted in large quantities.