Sunday July 31, 3:00 - Presentation by Historian Harrison Frech!Anthony Shane, A Bridge Between Cultures, The Settling of Shane’s Crossing (Rockford, OH)
Location: Nazarene Family Center 401 E Boundary St., Fort Recovery, 45846
Harrison Frech taught 42 years in the Parkway School system, the last 29 years as an American History and Government teacher. He retired in 2014. Now he speaks to groups in Mercer and Van Wert Counties on various topics in area history. Frech has an M. A. in American History from Youngstown State University and is the author of Anthony Shane: Scout, Interpreter, Town Founder and Witness to History and War, Mobs, Riot, Cholera, Amnesia and a Bombing: Stories of Area People and Incidents.
The subject of the presentation Anthony Shane, a man of French Canadian and Native American ancestry, was an interpreter, a scout, a trader and a town founder (Rockford, Ohio). He was a participant in many of the major events in the history of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier including fighting on the Native side against Anthony Wayne's campaign, on the United States side in several of the important battles of the War of 1812 in the Old Northwest. Shane served as interpreter for the negotiations for the post war treaties with the tribespeople and later for the Shawnee-Delaware Reservation in Kansas Territory. As a lifetime acquaintance of the famed Shawnee Tecumseh, he would be an important source for the leader's biographers. The experiences of Shane, his Delaware wife Young Bird Woman and their family showed some of the challenges to be faced by people of Native and mixed ancestry at the time.
Frech will have books available for purchase.
No charge for the presentation.
Presented by the Fort Recovery State Museum, 419-375-4384