Friday, February 22, 2013

Arcanum Historical Society has Special Guest

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society, located at 123 West George St, on March 14th at 7:00 p.m., will have a special guest, David Conner. He will greet the audience at the meeting in first person recounting when he arrived in Greenville, Ohio about 1810 and moving on to Ft. Recovery, an Indian territory and later establishing a trading post on the Mississinawa. The Pioneer Fur Trader will focus on the summer of 1812 in the Indiana Territory and share his experiences with the historical society. Mr. Conner, moved who westward with the Indians, was a gruff man who did not like trading with the white man. Later, he moved westward into Indian territory ending in Grant County, Indiana about 1825 owning about 2000 acres.

Historian Tom Franklin will be the presenter and dressed in costume of trading post owner, David Conner and tell the trader’s story. Mr. Franklin has an extensive background in western fur trade and mountain men. He is on the Board of Directors of Randolph County Historical Society and the Board of Directors of the Mississinawa Battlefield Society. This presentation is open to the public. This is an encore presentation for Tom Franklin to the Historical Society with a previously highly attended event. It is imperative to return and hear Mr. Franklin continue his stories.

Other upcoming events for the society are the continuation of the popular Euchre Parties every first and third Friday of the month at 1:00 – 3:30. No partner needed is needed in advance to participate as well as no advanced reservations, just come, play Euchre and enjoy the afternoon.
The Spring Fling and Barn Siding Yard D├ęcor sale held by the Historical Society at Old Fashions Day will be the kickoff event prior to the return of the Farmers Market during the summer. The Spring Fling sale will feature chairs of all kinds, wooden, decorated, slatted back, metal chairs and more. Don’t miss a trip to the delicious homemade goody table of ready to use or freeze items that will be included in the sale, items will be to tasty not to be purchased and taken home.

As always, the Historical Society is accepting any donated items for use in the spring sale, garage sale and Christmas Bazaar. Items may be left on the front or back porch at any time. Continuation, and highly appreciated, is the aluminum cans project for recycling. Cans may be left on the back porch. Look for current events, historical research and membership information on the website of the society at

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