On July 22, 1814, a treaty of peace and friendship was signed between the United States of America and several Native American tribes including the Wyandots, Delawares, Shawanoese, Senecas, and Miamies. Signed in Greenville, this treaty established peace as well as an alliance between Native American tribes and the United States against Great Britain in the War of 1812.
This historical and instrumental treaty celebrated its bicentennial this year. As a result, the 128th General Assembly of Ohio created the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. The commission works to spread awareness about Ohio’s important role in the war and recognition of those who served.
A few months ago the state legislature determined that it would fund a commemoration of the Second Treaty of Greenville by assisting with the construction of the Native American Bower which is being built at Prairie Ridge Meadow. It is a reconstruction of the building under which the Second Treaty of Greenville was signed.
On July 24, the Treaty of Greenville Bicentennial Commission and the Darke County Park District are hosting a banquet in observance of the War of 1812 Peace and Friendship Summit. The banquet will take place at the Shawnee Prairie Nature Center. This ceremony will celebrate the 2nd Treaty of Greenville and its role in shaping America’s history.
On July 25 a separate ceremony will take place to dedicate the new Native American Bower. This ceremony will include the Peace Wampum Belt Presentation. These are both very important events that I would encourage all residents of Darke County to join me in attending. This is very special for the history of our families here in Darke County.
Because of all of these exciting events, many historical treasures from the signing of the 2nd Treaty of Greenville will be on display. These artifacts include one of three original silver peace pipes given at the signing as gifts. They will be on display until Labor Day weekend.
Events will be taking place on the 24th, 25th, and 26th and all are welcome. The festivities will include storytelling, reenactments, and immersion into what life was like in Greenville around the time of the signing. If you would like to participate in these events, contact Deb Shiverdecker at 548-0165; please note an RSVP is needed to attend the War of 1812 Peace and Friendship Summit banquet.