Online program discusses history of region


The Life of Pierre-Louis de Lorimier: 7 p.m., Facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory. With local historian Robert Kuck II.

WAPAKONETA — Local historian Robert Kuck II will give a talk titled “The Life of Pierre-Louis de Lorimier” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 at Facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory.

Lorimier, who lived from 1748-1812, is better known as Peter Loramie. Kuck is researching a book on the man who plays a role in the history of the area.

The event is sponsored by the Auglaize County Historical Society.

The Auglaize County Historical Society will present “The Life of Pierre-Louis de Lorimier ” by Robert Kuck II at 7 pm on Monday, March 8, on its Facebook page.

During the frontier period of American history many little-known individuals played important roles in shaping the country as we know it today. Pierre-Louis de Lorimier (1748-1812) and his successive Shawnee wives fit this category. (NOTE: Lorimier is better known to many area residents by his Anglicized name, Peter Loramie.) Their lives in Ohio are not well documented, with much left to speculation, but clues do exist. Without church or governmental records or newspaper accounts from the mid-18th century, we can catch glimpses of these individuals in trade records, military records, and early histories. Fortunately, several short journals by Lorimier himself enhance our understanding of who he was and what he did on behalf of France, England, Spain, and the United States. His words also expand our knowledge of the Native tribes who traded with him. Kuck’s program deepens the understanding of the pre- and post-Revolutionary War history of northwest Ohio.

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 March 8. The program will appear as the most current post on the page. Make sure you adjust your volume (on the screen), if needed.

Robert (Bob) Kuck II grew up in New Knoxville, graduating from New Knoxville High School and Ohio Wesleyan University. He is a former teacher, coach, and realtor. He is married to Linda Meiklejohn Kuck of Marmora, Ontario, Canada. Now living in Sarasota, Florida, the Kucks have four children and eleven grandchildren. Kuck ‘s life-long interest local history was influenced by scouting and a love of nature. His focus Pierre-Louis de Lorimier was kindled when he found the location of the Lorimier trading post and recovered many items there.

States Historical Society administrator Rachel Barber, “We learned in 2020 that Mr. Kuck had been diligently researching Lorimier, in anticipating of authoring a book. We’re very excited to learn this fascinating story and share it with our members and friends.”

About the Auglaize County Historical Society

Founded in 1963, the Auglaize County Historical Society collects, preserves, interprets, and shares the history of Auglaize County, enriching lives by connecting people and communities to the past and to each other.

For more information about this program or the historical society, please contact auglaizecountyhistory@bright.net or 419/738-9328.

attached: Early compass discovered at the site of Lorimier trading post.

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The Life of Pierre-Louis de Lorimier: 7 p.m., Facebook.com/AuglaizeCountyHistory. With local historian Robert Kuck II.

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