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The Battle of the Wabash and The Battle of Fort Recovery: Public Interpretation and Education

Author(s): Christine Thompson ; Kevin Nolan

Year: 2017

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Ball State University’s Department of Anthropology has completed six years of archaeological and historical research at the battlefield of the Battle of the Wabash (1791) and the Battle of Fort Recovery (1794), two significant Northwest Indian War battles that took place in present day Fort Recovery, Ohio. Research was funded by multiple National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program grants. We present the public interpretation results of this research, specifically the use of: 1) wayside exhibits throughout the battlefield and community; and 2) a series of maps telling the story of the battles, emphasizing the role of landscape in the Native American battle strategy, the extent of the battlefield, and the possible placement of the original fort built in 1793. This is a case study in building and maintaining community involvement with historical research improving both public enjoyment, site preservation efforts, and research value.

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The Battle of the Wabash and The Battle of Fort Recovery: Public Interpretation and Education. Christine Thompson, Kevin Nolan. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435563)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 330

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America