The Old Northwest Military History Association was organized in 1993 to support Fort Meigs. The non-profit volunteer group assists staff members with group tours and weekend activities. ONMHA helps create, purchase, and maintain the historical reproductions used at Fort Meigs and also co-sponsors and runs living history events throughout the year. Every October, ONMHA members host Garrison Ghost Walk as part of the fort's special event schedule to raise funds for the organization.
As a costumed historical interpreter, you have the opportunity to show visitors what life was like at Fort Meigs. Some things you could be involved with include:
assist with tours
demonstrate historic skills like cooking, candle-making, woodworking, leather working, and more
portray a soldier and assist with musket and cannon demonstrations and take part in recreated battles
If you're not interested in dressing the part, we always need volunteers to help out at special events and throughout the year doing other tasks such as:
helping with food for re-enactors
customer service in the gift shop
general maintenance of Fort Meigs
event set-up and tear-down
In addition to running reenactments at Fort Meigs, ONMHA sponsors trips for its members to attend out of town events held at other War of 1812 sites throughout the United States and Canada. Membership dues pay for the materials and food at these sponsored events.
ONMHA is a social organization as well. Several times a year, the group holds dances and parties for its members to gather and mingle. Many volunteers have said that ONMHA is one big history-loving family!
ONMHA meets regularly throughout the year. Call Fort Meigs today at 419.874.4121 to learn about the next opportunity to join us!