The snow has iced over Fort Steuben and Fort Steuben Park but inside the Visitor Center we are busy planning for 2018. Not only do we have to refresh the various installations in the Fort, there is continual maintenance of the grounds and structures, including the Land Office and Veterans Memorial Fountain. Our 2018 Membership Drive begins and we sincerely hope that our efforts are recognized through renewals as well as new memberships. Donations towards "Keeping History Alive" benefit the next generation of citizens who learn about the past by visiting the Fort. Thank you to all who support the many activities we sponsor here!
The lights are up, the vendor chalets are decorated, and volunteers are as busy as elves preparing Fort Steuben Park and the Visitor Center for the 2017 Nutcracker Village and Advent Market to open this week in downtown Steubenville.
“We are just awaiting the arrival of the 150 stars of the show: the Nutcrackers,” exclaimed Jerry Barilla, president of Historic Fort Steuben and one of the founders of the event. “Nelson’s of Steubenville, the creators and fabricators of the nutcrackers, have produced 40 new characters who will join their 100 siblings as they line the walks in Fort Steuben Park on Tuesday, November 21.”
The unique creations will be arrayed under an archway of lights and surrounded by holiday décor including two large Christmas trees- a 32’ one at the fountain plaza and a 22’ one in Land Office Park.
“We can’t wait to see the expressions of wonder and joy on the faces of our visitors this year,” said Judy Bratten, Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben and one of the organizers of the event. “We have had a wonderful outpouring of help, donations, and volunteers from businesses, organizations, and individuals who have seen the impact the Nutcracker Village has had on the community. Because of their support, we are able to make most of this event free to the public."
The Nutcracker Village will be based at Fort Steuben Park through the holiday season, until January 7. Check out the Nutcracker Village page for the complete schedule.
Historic Fort Steuben may be closed for the season, but you can still find things of interest at the Visitor Center. In the Museum Shop there is a unique selection of books for all ages on local and American history as well as our own Historic Fort Steuben Coloring Book. We stock Masterpiece Jigsaw Puzzles and RoyToy log building sets and locally made wooden toys. Looking for Steubenville, Nutcracker and Fort souvenirs? They are here!
In the lobby there is an exhibit by Kim Hohlmayer of the Steubenville Art Association. And be sure to submit a suggestion to name the singing Nutcracker who is standing guard at the door.