Saturday, July 18, 2015

Park District Acquires Replica Peace Pipe

Pictured are current members of the Greenville Bicentennial Commission.
Recently the Treaty of Greenville Bicentennial Commission made funding available to complete the purchase and remake of a replica Silver Peace Pipe gifted to the Shawanoese by William Henry Harrison at the signing of the Second Treaty of Greenville on July 22, 1814. This replica was made by Silversmith Steven Smithers of Massachusetts. The pipe will be on permanent display at the Darke County Parks’ Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve.

Susan Gray, president of the Bicentennial Commission, stated “This is just one more step in telling the story and history of the Shawnee that were here at Prophetstown over 200 years ago. The Bicentennial Commission wanted to make visitors to Darke County aware of the Prophetstown area and also that there were two Treaties of Greenville, a little known fact.”

The Bicentennial Commission will be having an open house and unveiling ceremony on July 22, 2015 to announce the placement of the peace pipe in the Tecumseh Room located at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West, Greenville, Ohio). Shawnee story teller Neaake will be in attendance along with other Native American representatives to perform drumming rituals for the acceptance of the pipe.

The funding to acquire this pipe came from the Treaty of Greenville Bi-Centennial, the Harry Stephens Fund, Rotary Club of Greenville and the Darke County Park District. More information about the open house will be announced in the next few weeks. Please contact 937-548-0165 or for more information.

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