Louis Schultz to speak at BWAHS
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Though it was pioneer territory and largely undeveloped, Ohio played a significant part in the War of 1812; and on Tuesday, November 13, Louis Schultz will be at the Big Walnut Area Historical Society’s 7:30 p.m. meeting in the Myers Inn Meeting Room to share some of that history.
As settlers continued to pour into America, Native Americans were pushed further west. Many eastern tribes moved into Ohio. As more pioneer settlers moved in skirmishes between the tribes and the settlers began to increase until Mad Anthony Wayne defeated the Indians at Fallen Timbers.
The Greenville Treaty was signed in 1795 forming a line across Ohio dividing land for the Native Americans to the north and settlers to the south. This line went through southern Morrow County.
A second Greenville Treaty was signed in 1814 that brought support of the Wyandot, Delaware, Miami, Shawnee, Seneca and Potawatomi to the Americans during the War of 1812. The British recruited other tribes to fight against the Americans.
Born and raised in Sandusky, Lou Schultz, a Galena resident, went to Fort Stephenson in Fremont on a third grade field trip, leading to his interest in the War of 1812. He earned a degree in history at Allegheny College and a degree in German from Ohio State University.
Lou served as Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Columbus Academy before he retired, and today serves on the Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. His extensive collection of materials relating to the War of 1812 in the Northwest will be displayed in the Hayes Presidential Center from February through September 2013.
“Ohio was the scene of many of the major engagements of the War of 1812 in the Northwest,” Schultz said. “The British and their Native American allies invaded Ohio on several occasions; and Ohio served as the base for an amphibious attack on Canada that culminated in the capture of the British Army and the death of Tecumseh.”
Schultz said the War of 1812 marked the end of the long struggle of Native Americans to preserve their independence. Soon after the war, the Northwest Territory was opened for settlement and Native Americans were put on reservations and eventually moved west of the Mississippi.
The November Big Walnut Area Historical Society meeting is the last educational meeting of the year; there is no regular meeting in December. As always, BWAHS meetings are free and open to the public.
The historical society operates the Myers Inn Museum at 45 South Columbus Street in Sunbury (the museum faces the southwest corner of the Sunbury Village Square). The museum is open from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.