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Fort Laurens continues its Free Speaker Series on Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. in the Fort Laurens auditorium.
Dr. Scott Butler will provide an overview of the Broadhead Massacre that occurred in Coshocton, Ohio, in April 1781. Twenty Native Americans from Coshocton and Indaochaic, formerly Lichtenau, the Moravian Mission, were killed in the raid led by Col. Daniel Broadhead and his forces with the Eighth Pennsylvania Regiment.
Butler is a graduate of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of several works inspired by Coshocton history, including Three Great Delaware Leaders of the Coshocton Frontier, Coshocton Frontier Handbook, and Mary Harris, "The White Woman" of the Ohio Frontier in 1750. He also publishes The Coshocton Review, an annual non-fiction journal. He is a 1972 graduate of Coshocton High School.
For more information, contact Fort Laurens at 330.874.2059 or visit the website at www.fortlaurens.org.
Fort Laurens is Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort and features a museum, memorial, Tomb of the Unknown Patriot and visible outline of the original fort. The site was considered a stepping stone across the West to stage an attack on the British at Fort Detroit during the American Revolution. Fundraising and plans are currently underway by the Friends of Fort Laurens Foundation to eventually rebuild the fort. Along with Historic Zoar Village, Fort Laurens is managed by the Zoar Community Association.