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Weekend Events in Celebration of the Founding of Marietta 225 Years Ago
Posted on: 04/05/2013
By  Mike Cullums
The Marietta chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the 225TH Committee will conduct a special ceremony at 2:00 P.M. today at Harmar Elementary School.
With the students, gathered in the school gym, the program includes the presentation of a proclamation from the Governor for the 225TH anniversary of the founding of Marietta, plus a program featuring the SAR’s local chapter historian, Scott Britton, in period costume, demonstrating the settlement of the city.
The Sons of the Revolution and the 225TH Committee have a full schedule of activities scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday (see below). The pioneers founded Marietta and Ohio 225 years ago Sunday!  
April 6, 2013 – 1pm -Marietta Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution invites Sons of the American Revolution for 225th Birthday Luncheon at American Legion Post 64. Speaker: Louise Zimmer. Cost: $13.50 Reservations by April 1 to Janice McGregor, 740-678-2756.  The Marietta Chapter DAR invites SAR and DAR members to attend. Louise Zimmer is a very interesting speaker. She is a prolific researcher of Ohio history, radio show personality and one that weaves the stories of our pioneer past with true perfection. Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard will present Colors.
April 6, 2013 – 9:30am to 5pm – Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St. Marietta “Marietta Imagined Exhibit” Tour the Ohio Company House constructed in 1788. Tour General Rufus Putnam House that was part of the original fortress Campus Martius. Regular admission fee.
April 6,  2013 – 9:30am -5pm (Seminar begins at 10am) Campus Martius Museum                       Author James Williams will premier his new book, “Blazes, Posts and Stones” beginning at 9:30 AM in the Ohio Company Land Office at Campus Martius. Dressed in period uniform, Williams will present a seminar from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM. The seminar titled, “Indian War 1790-1795, the life and death struggle for the Northwest Territory” will feature new maps, visuals and flags.
Anyone wishing to purchase an autographed copy of James Williams’ book should plan to attend this event. Dressed in period uniform, reenactors of the Geographer’s Department of General Washington’s Army will be featured throughout the day. Also in attendance will be members of the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio. Regular admission fee except members are free.
April 6, 2013 – 1pm – Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second Street, Marietta Chuck Bell as George Washington Learn the myths and little known facts of our first President, straight from him. President Washington will tell you about his life as a surveyor, frontier commander, farmer and planter, Revolutionary War General and President of the United States. The program is free thanks to the Washington County Public Library. If you wish to tour Campus Martius Museum, regular admission fees apply.  
April 6, 2013 – Farmers Castle Museum Education Center", 509 Ridge St. Belpre, OH. “Celebrating 224 Anniversary of the Founding of Belpre”, Tour the museum; hours: 1 – 4pm, Adults: $4, Students: $1; for more info call 740-423-7588.
April 6, 2013 – 7pm – The Castle, 418 4th Street, Concert Series: “Melting Pot of Jazz presents A Tribute to Dave Brubeck. Adults $12.50, students $10, reservations requested, www.mariettacastle.org
April 7, 2013 – 10 to 11am – First Congregational Church, 318 Front St., “225th Anniversary Church Service” Service will provide history and detail of the early church and its teaching. The community and guests in Colonial period clothing are welcome.
“On December 6, 1796, the Christian people in the various settlements banded themselves together in a Church under a simple but comprehensive confession of faith and covenant."  So runs an account in the handwriting of Rufus Putnam concerning the first organized church in Marietta and now the oldest continuous worshipping fellowship west of the Alleghenies began.
April 7, 2013 – 12:30 to 1pm First Congregational Church, bell ringing of the carillon will be performed with various patriotic tunes. Guests are invited to climb the steps into the bell tower to watch or assist Nancy Riley, Past Regent of the Daughters of the Revolution as she operates the wooden levers to engage the chimes.
April 7, 2013 – 1 to 1:40pm, 225th Landing of the First Forty Eight Pioneers at Start Westward Monument, Muskingum Park. Rufus Putnam (Historian Bill Reynolds), dignitaries and historians will address the assembled. Assisted by period dressed members of the Brigade of the American Revolution; Color Guard from the Sons of the American Revolution and guest reenactors. (In case of rain, program to be held at First Congregational Church, across the street at 318 Front Street)
April 7, 2013 – 1:40 to 2pm – Processional from Start Westward Monument to Campus Martius Wharf and the Ohio River Museum. Rufus Putnam, BAR, SAR, DAR, and Living History reenactors will lead the processional (parade) with townsfolk and guests joining in.
April 7, 2013 – Noon to 5pm – Ohio River Museum, 601 Front Street, site of the Campus Martius Wharf, 2 to 5pm – Sons of the American Revolution members in period clothing at the 1788 Flatboat Replica for program. Regular admission fee for museum tours.

April 7, 2013 – Noon to 5pm – Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second St. Marietta “Marietta Imagined Exhibit” Tour the Ohio Company House constructed in 1788. Tour General Rufus Putnam House that was part of the original fortress Campus Martius. Regular admission fee, ½ price for reenactors in period clothing.
April 7, 2013 – 2pm – Campus Martius Museum, 601 Second Street, Marietta Andrew Cayton will present “Marietta in Memory, History & Imagination”.  
His talk will focus on the personal and professional regarding the legacy of Marietta's founders. Cayton is a Distinguished Professor of History at Miami University, (Ohio) teaches courses in the history of North America in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He has written extensively about the struggle for control of the region west of the Appalachian Mountains and the emergence of political and cultural borders within the United States.
His interest in empires and borderlands as well as questions of power and consent led to his collaboration with Fred Anderson in The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000 (2005) and to his current work, also with Fred Anderson, “Imperial America, 1672-1764.” He is also the author of the forthcoming “Love in the Time of Revolution” and has served as president of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Program Free, Regular admission fee for tours.
April 7, 2013 – 2 to 4pm,   Annual Marietta Birthday Bell Ringing and Tours at the Fearing House Museum, 131 Gilman Avenue
April 7, 2013 - Annual Pioneer Day Dinner, sponsored by the Washington County Historical Society. Speaker: Dave McKain presents “Women of Henderson Hall”, Location: Lafayette Hotel. 5:30 to 6:30pm, reception, 6:30pm dinner, 7:30pm Program; Call 373-1788 for reservations, (choice of beef, chicken or vegetarian) Cost: $25.00
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