Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Reminder: Ohio Historical Society Marker Dedication for the Old Graveyard in Urbana, Ohio - Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 1:00p.m. in Urbana, Ohio

Champaign County Historical Society and Museum
809 East Lawn Avenue
Urbana, Ohio 43078
 June 2, 2014


"URBANA, OHIO……… An impressive assembly of presenters from an Eagle Scout to the Grand Chief of the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation will take part in the June 7, dedication of a historic marker at Urbana’s first burial ground at Ward and Kenton Streets and the nearby site of the War Council of 1812.
         Historians, representatives of Seneca, Shawnee, Wyandot and Mingo Native American tribes; members of Ohio and Champaign County Historical Societies, descendants of frontiersman Simon Kenton and Urbana City administration will make up the platform party, escorted by an Ohio Militia honor guard.
          Historic re-enactors in period dress, the solemn drama of Native Americans in full authentic regalia, performing traditional tribal drumming ceremonies, and John Linigle’s Company of Ohio Militia, armed and uniformed as its 1812 counterpart, will add to the significance of the occasion.
         At 1 p.m., Joe Rizzutti, Champaign County Historical Society (CCHS) trustee and chair of the historic marker event, will open the program with Eagle Scout Daniel Evilsizor, Troop24/Crew 258 Tecumseh Council, Boy Scouts of America, leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
         An invocation by Rev. Tim West, Chaplain of the Urbana Fire Department, and a welcome by CCHS president Janice Coates will be followed by a proclamation from Urbana Mayor Bill Bean, read by Audra Bean.
         Barbara Lehmann of Urbana, Head Elder and Historian for Piqua Shawnee Tribe, serving as proxy for Principal Chief Gary Hunt, will introduce Native Americans Ted Roll, Grand Chief of the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation; Anita Pennington, Piqua Tribal Mother; Kevin Everhart, Piqua Shawnee War Chief and the Piqua Shawnee Tribal Drummers: Chuck Franz, Head Drummer, Trent Everhart, Firekeeper and Josh Runyon, Drummer. Vocalist Jan Frand will accompany the drummers.
          Before the program continues, Roll, Pennington and Everhart will invoke the blessing of the burial grounds, very sacred in Native American culture.  This will be followed by an interlude of traditional tribal drumming, conveying honor to the warriors, during which the drum rests on a buffalo hide, not touching consecrated ground.
          Barbara Lehmann will introduce descendants of Simon Kenton, whose 8-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, is one of those still interred in the Old Grave Yard.  Speaking for the Kenton Kin Association will be Barbara White, President and fourth great-granddaughter of Kenton, and Jay Noble, Vice President, fifth great-grandson of the intrepid frontiersman.
          Descendants of other pioneers buried in the Old Grave Yard will also be in attendance.
          The honor of the marker unveiling was awarded to the event committee, Joe Rizzutti, Mark Gaver and Dan Walter, for whom this occasion is the culmination of personal hopes and years of research. Assisting will be event sponsor Wayne Smith, Walter & Smith Funeral Home, and Laura Herron, Marker Specialist, AmeriCorps Member, which administers the historic marker program.    
          Walter will present the history of the Old Graveyard, as displayed on the marker. Mark Gaver will give the account of the War Council of 1812, as it appears on the second side of the marker.
          Final remarks by Richard Virts, curator of the CCHS Museum will be followed by Retirement of the Colors and Musketry Salute by John Linigle’s Company of Ohio Militia, 1812.
         At the conclusion of the formal program, the Champaign County Historical Society will host a reception at the museum, 809 East Lawn Avenue.
         Both the program site and the museum are handicapped accessible. Boy Scout Troop/Crew 258 will be on hand at the historic marker location to assist those with limited mobility.
          Free parking will be available at the former St. Mary School parking lot on Washington Ave. and, if that is filled, the west side of St. Mary Church’s parking area may be used. Ward Street will be blocked to traffic from Kenton to Lynn Streets.
         For additional information, contact the Historical Society by phone, 653-6721 or email, champhistmus@ctcn.net."

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