GREENVILLE — Recently the Treaty of Greenville Bicentennial Commission made funding available to complete the purchase and remake of a replica silver peace pipe.
The original was given to the Shawanoese by William Henry Harrison at the signing of the Second Treaty of Greenville on July 22, 1814. This replica was made by silversmith Steven Smithers, of Massachusetts. The pipe will be on permanent display at the Darke County Parks’ Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 State Route 502 W., Greenville.
“This is just one more step in telling the story and history of the Shawnee that were here at Prophetstown over 200 years ago,” said Susan Gray, president of the Bicentennial Commission. “The Bicentennial Commission wanted to make visitors to Darke County aware of the Prophetstown area and also that there were two Treaties of Greenville, a little known fact.”
The Bicentennial Commission will host an open house and unveiling ceremony, July 22, at 4 p.m. to announce the placement of the peace pipe in the Tecumseh Room at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Shawnee storyteller Neaake will be in attendance along with other Native American representatives to perform drumming rituals for the acceptance of the pipe.
Historical novelist James Alexander Thom will be at the preserve from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., selling copies of his books and signing them.
For information, call 937-548-0165.
This article was submitted by Darke County Parks.