Monday, December 14, 2009

Historical Association Timeline

The Ft. Loramie Historical Association was formed in January of 1971. The first fund-raiser was a Palm Sunday roast beef and Turkey dinner. By May of that year there was $400.28 in the treasury.

In May of 1971 Edmund Quinlin discovered the canal marker and moving it to the park was the first historical effort.

In 1972 the log cabin was brought from the Rottinghaus farm and donated by Karl and Frances Rethman. It was dedicated in August of 1972.

Margaret's Inn was purchased in 1973 and the museum opened September 1 and was named Wilderness Trail in 1974.

In 1975 an awning was removed from the front of the building and the Christmas dinners began.

Also in 1975 the "Annals of St. Michael's" book that had been translated by Pauline Seger was published.

In the fall of 1976 the small building to the south was purchased and rented to the village for a library.

In 1985 Harry Boerger restored the Ft. Loramie Indian and it was painted by Ft. Loramie Cast Stone.

In 1987 the barn was enlarged and the 2 story addition was added to the museum. The sesquecentennial book was published.

In 1989 and 90 the new library building was built.

I gathered this information from various newspaper articles and newsletters. If anyone has an update or disagreement email me at catw43@gmail.com.