Principal Investigators:  Mark Groover, Christine Thompson, Cailin Murray

Project Description

During the Northwest Territory period in the 1790s two significant conflicts were fought near the Ohio-Indiana state line: The Battle of the Wabash in 1791 and the Battle of Fort Recovery in 1794.  The Battle of the Wabash was the largest Native American military victory in United States history.  The subsequent Battle of Fort Recovery in 1794 contributed to the opening of the territory for eventual settlement.  Students in the Fort Recovery immersion project created a video documentary about the two battles and a companion public volume.  Partnering with the Fort Recovery State Museum (a State of Ohio historic property), the Fort Recovery Historical Society, and the Ohio Historical Society, students in the immersion project learned valuable educational skills and experience in applied anthropology, applied archaeology, and applied history.  The students learned how to gather scholarly information about a research topic and present the information to a general, public audience.   The documentary and public volume products created for the project are being used by the Fort Recovery State Museum for public interpretation of the historical events that transpired at the fort.

Community Partners

  • The Fort Recovery State Museum
  • The Fort Recovery Historical Society
  • Ohio Historical Association