Online program discusses role of Fort Amanda in War of 1812


Fort Amanda and the Ohio Experience: 7 p.m., Facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory. Dr. Steven Pedler discusses Fort Amanda’s role in War of 1812.

Depicted: The Battle of Lake Erie by William Henry Powell in 1865

Depicted: The Battle of Lake Erie by William Henry Powell in 1865


WAPAKONETA — Dr. Steven Pedler will discuss the role of Fort Amanda during the War of 1812 during a Facebook Live event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at Facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory.

Pedler will offer a highly illustrated program about the fort, located on state Route 198 north of Wapakoneta and about a quarter-mile south of Fort Amanda Road. Pedler is a faculty member of Wright State University-Lake Campus, where he lectures on history and political science.

The event is sponsored by the Auglaize County Historical Society and Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Parks District.

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The Auglaize County Historical Society and Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District will present “”Fort Amanda and the Ohio Experience” with Dr. Steven Pedler as a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, September 15, on the historical society’s Facebook page. The event is free and open to the public, and is held in conjunction with Ohio Open Doors. It is made possible through a stipend from the Ohio History Connection.

To access the event, simply go to the Auglaize County Historical Society’s Facebook page (also accessible via https://www.facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory) a little before 7pm on September 15. When the program is about to begin, a red box with the word LIVE will pop up, and the program will appear as the most current post on the page. Make sure you adjust your volume (on the screen), if needed.

In a highly-illustrated program, Dr. Pedler will place Fort Amanda and Ohio within the larger context of the War of 1812. Located on State Route 198 north of Wapakoneta (1/4 mile south of Ft. Amanda Road), Fort Amanda was a major supply depot for the American army during the War of 1812. One of a series of forts extending north from Piqua to Fort Meigs (present day Perrysburg), Fort Amanda was built by order of General William Henry Harrison. It was originally constructed in the fall of 1812 by Kentucky troops under the command of Lt. Col. Robert Pogue. Pogue is said to have named the fort in honor of his 12-year-old daughter, Hannah Amanda. The fort was enlarged to almost double the original size during the spring of 1813 by Ohio militia soldiers under the command of Capt. Daniel Hosbrook.

Steven Pedler holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in Political Science from the Ohio State university, and master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Bowling Green State University. After teaching several years at Monroe County Community College, Pedler joined the faculty at Wright State University-Lake Campus in 2012, where he now serves as lecturer in history and political science. His professional memberships include the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and Society for Military History.

States Historical Society administrator Rachel Barber, “We are so pleased that the state provided the opportunity for all of us to gain a greater understanding of Fort Amanda. Dr. Pedler will provide a fascinating look at this chapter of American history.”

About Fort Amanda Memorial Park

The original fort is no longer standing, but a granite monument built in 1915 marks the site of the fort. Located on the banks of the Auglaize River, the park also features a historic cemetery. The park is also home to a rich variety of plants and animals. Trails lead through wooded ravines, down to the river or out to the monument. Average visit time: Allow 1+ hour.

Fort Amanda Memorial Park is open all daylight hours. Visitors are asked to practice current social distancing and health protocols. The site’s restrooms are open and are cleaned and sanitized every morning. The park is owned by the Ohio History Connection and managed by the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District.

The park district is teaming up with the Auglaize County Historical Society to encourage visits during Ohio Open Doors. The Historical Society and Park District have provided an extra incentive to explore one of Auglaize County’s most fascinating sites. Visit Fort Amanda Memorial Park from September 11 through 20. Take a selfie at your favorite spot in the park. Email this picture to auglaizecounty1848@gmail.com along with a paragraph — 50 words or less — why it’s your favorite spot at the Fort. We’ll award prizes for the best entries in Youth (up to age 13) and Adult (14 and above) categories, including books, t-shirts, even gift certificates to local businesses. Deadline to enter: September 22. Limit one entry per person.

“Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured places,” says Amanda Schraner Terrell, Director of the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office.

The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. A list of all sites participating in Ohio Open Doors can be found at https://www.ohiohistory.org/preserve/state-historic-preservation-office/ohio-open-doors .

The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District was created in June 1972 according to Chapter 1545 of the Ohio Revised Code and is a separate political subdivision of the State of Ohio. The Park District is a comprehensive park system of natural areas and preserves designed to enhance the quality of life of the citizens of Allen County by providing passive outdoor recreational and educational opportunities while conserving and protecting the natural resources of the area for future generations.

Founded in 1963, the Auglaize County Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of Auglaize County and its people through exhibits, programs, and publications.

For more information about this event, please contact auglaizecountyhistory@bright.net or 419/738-9328.

Depicted: The Battle of Lake Erie by William Henry Powell in 1865
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_battleoflakeerie.jpgDepicted: The Battle of Lake Erie by William Henry Powell in 1865
Fort Amanda and the Ohio Experience: 7 p.m., Facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory. Dr. Steven Pedler discusses Fort Amanda’s role in War of 1812.

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