A new era has begun on the Lower Scioto Blog. I’ve now completed the migration of all of the original posts from the old Blogger site to this new WordPress account and it is my hope that the blog’s longtime readers will continue to follow my adventures into the history of the Lower Scioto Valley.
I began this blog back in June of 2007, soon after I had settled on Turkey Creek in the Shawnee State Forest. My first post’s concluding remarks have only been confirmed over these last four and half years:
If one stays in this valley long enough to know it, the layers of its history, reaching back to the earliest days of contact between Native Americans and European explorers, reveal themselves to be as rich as the valley’s primeval forest, when the passenger pigeon turned day into night and the doe and the buck were so thick that the Shawnee spoke of a river of deer.
The future of the valley’s past looks bright, as well. In 2012, there will be plenty of prompts that call for the historian’s attention.
As the year unfolds, I hope to post more of my recent research, which will correspond with a number of significant historical anniversaries. This January marks the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Flood, which devastated Portsmouth and many other Ohio River towns at a time when the Great Depression still had its hold on the region. Beginning in the spring of 2012, the second of four years of celebrations marking the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War will begin. Later, in the summer of 2012, Americans will also take note of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a conflict that led to the death of Tecumseh, one of the Scioto Valley’s most famous inhabitants. Meanwhile, I will be working on new research into the history of the City of Portsmouth, as the area’s modern-day residents begin preparations for the celebration of the bicentennial of Portsmouth’s founding in 2015.
If the last four and half years are any indication, the 2015 Bicentennial will be here before we know it. ~ ALF