Museums focus on war of 1812 bicentennial

examiner.com

June 29, 2012

Looking for something educational and fun to do with the kids this summer? You don’t have to go far. The Johnston Farm in Piqua and the Garst Museum in Greenville are commemorating this most forgotten of America’s conflicts.

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency in Piqua, Ohio is commemorating the War of 1812 with Life on an Indian Agency demonstrations July 7-8. The demonstrations will feature what skills it took for Native Americans and early settlers to survive in the Ohio of the early 1800s. The entire family is invited to take part in many hands-on activities.

Admission is adults $8.00, youth 6-12 $4.00 and 5 and under free. Visitors can experience guides in period dress and tour the preserved farm buildings, while a modern museum on the grounds features Native American, frontier and canal history.

The Piqua Historical Society is proud that the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is one of the only 4.5% of museums accredited by the American Association of Museums, the highest national recognition achievable by an American museum.

The Johnston Farm & Indian Agency is open Thursday- Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 5 p.m. Closed Monday – Wednesday and selected holidays. See website for detailed information or call 1-800-752-2619.

Visit the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency website for more detailed information and special events such as the August dinner and twilight ride on the replica canal boat General Harrison as it plies a restored section of the Miami and Erie Canal. The farm and museum are located at 9845 North Hardin Road, Piqua just off I-75 and State Route 36. See website for driving directions.

The Garst Museum has joined with the Darke County Park District to hold a living history encampment in conjunction with The Gathering at Garst: A Garden of Antiques and Art. The encampment will present what life was like in the time period from the French (1754-1763) and Indian War through the Civil War (1861-1865) with an emphasis on the War of 1812.

The Gathering at Garst will be held July 28-29 on the park-like grounds of the museum at 205 North Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio. Admission to the Gathering at Garst is free, however regular admission to the museum is $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, $5.00 for youth (6-17 and ages 5 and under free.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and selected holidays. See website for more information and driving directions or call (937) 548-5250.

Special hours for the Gathering at Garst at 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 28 and 11:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. on Sunday, July 29. The gathering will feature artists, antique vendors, skilled historical craftsmen, primitive folk artists, garden exhibitors, a farmers market, specialty foods and other vendors.

The Crossroads of Destiny exhibit inside the museum recounts the history of the Treaty of Green Ville and the largest stockaded fort in North America. This was once American’s wild west. The treaty signed in 1795 ended 40 years of conflict with Native Americans, opened what was then the Northwest Territory to settlement and led to Ohio statehood in 1803.

The museum building itself was built in 1852 and served as a traveler’ inn. Also on the grounds is the birthplace of famed radio commentator, adventurer and journalist Lowell Thomas. No visit would be complete without a tour of the museum’s Annie Oakley Center commemorating Little Miss Sure Shot, perhaps Darke County’s most famous citizen.

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