Local author begins Fort Recovery Speaker Season


FORT RECOVERY — Author Robert Kuck II will kick off the 2022 Speaker Season for the Fort Recovery State Museum on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. The author, formerly of New Bremen and now of Sarasota, will present The Life and Times of Fur Trader Pierre Louis de Lorimier, the rugged individual featured in Kuck’s book, “Blood and Honor.”

Lorimier, born in Quebec in 1748, established the trading post location that eventually would become Fort Loramie. Born of a Native mother and a French military officer, Lorimier relied heavily on skills inherited from both sides of his lineage to survive and trade successfully among Native tribes locked in competition with settlers moving into the western frontier.

Lorimier’s Trading Post located on a branch of the Great Miami River became an important source of supply for surrounding Indian communities and British military officials during the Revolutionary War. That support and involvement was not overlooked by American George Rogers Clark who ordered the trading post burned in 1782. Ultimately, Lorimier left the area and, along with a number of natives, established a new “homeland” at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, believing that to be beyond the reach of the U.S. government. Interestingly, Cape Girardeau became the starting point for the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Readers say Blood and Honor is not just for historians. The story of Lorimier’s family and the interaction of so many of diverse heritage makes this a real human interest story in addition to a chronicle of significant early American frontier history.

The Life and Times of Peter Lorimier presentation is free, underwritten by donations of museum patrons. It will be held at the Fort Recovery Nazarene Family Center, 401 E. Boundary St., just a couple of blocks from the museum. The Center is spacious and handicapped accessible. Books will be for sale/signing and are also available on Amazon. Kuck will have a number of pertinent artifacts on display. Call 419-375-4384 for more information.