Colonial Lost Arts Festival at Seven Eagles Historical Education Center

Cancelled for July, 2018

The Colonial Lost Arts Gathering has been CANCELLED for July 2018. Following on the heels of the highly successful Friends of the Old Northwest event June 20-30, 2018 with nearly 100 camps, we made the decision to take a year off from hosting the Colonial Lost Arts Gathering at Seven Eagles. We feel strongly that the CLAG event has been a great and long-running success and that success has been made possible by the many participants, instructors, staff, and volunteers who have dedicated their time, talents, and passion.

Over the next few months, we will be assessing the timeframe of events in our annual schedule as the Friends of the Old Northwest will return to Seven Eagles in June of 2019 and keep you posted.

We do not consider this to be an end by any means, but rather an important moment through which we can intentionally create the most positive and impactful outcomes possible. Thank all of you for your continued support and investment.

Colonial Lost Arts Festival at Seven Eagles Historical Education Center

May 20-21, 2017

The 33rd annual LostArts Festival will bring to life but a few brief moments in the history ofearly Ohio. From 150 to 200 years ago European settlers attempted to make ahome in the wilderness that has come to be known as the Maumee River Valley. Itwas during these times that the settlers became adept at using theirsurroundings to survive, or perished in spite of them. It was also a time for thesettlers to learn about their new neighbors, the Native Americans of NorthwestOhio. Through the efforts of many re-enactors and living historians, theseyears of early Ohio will come to life not far from the banks of Grand Rapids atSeven Eagles Historical Education Center, Grand Rapids, Ohio, on May 20th and 21st,2017.  Period correct reenactors may download a 2017 Registration Form and Camping Rules and Regulations here.  Reenactors may begin setting up camp on Wednesday, May 17th.  Note: we have a school tour with 108 students visiting Seven Eagles for a program on Friday, May 19th that you may want to show your stuff for. 

Historical buffs and interestedpublic are invited to a weekend of sights, sounds and aromas of the 18thcentury. Traditional artisans, crafts, music, entertainment, food andbeverages, camp life, and much more will be on hand Saturday May 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday May 21, 2017, from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the demonstrations planned are candle dipping,campfire cooking, blacksmithing, net making, primitive fishing, basketry, leatherwork, scrimshaw, moccasin-making, starting fires using flint and steel, soapmaking, flint knapping, hand sewing, salt-making … and many other lost arts tobe found. Visitors can also try their hand at throwing a tomahawk or partake ina black powder shooting competition. Entertainment will be provided by periodmusicians that are well known for bringing quality music to many festivals andevents.

Seven Eagles is located just one mile from the Maumee River at16486 Wapakoneta Road, midway between US Rt 6 and OH Rt 65. Admission for thegeneral public is $10 per carload or $5 per adult and $2.50 per child age six and up. 

The 2017 Annual Lost Arts Festival celebrates the historyand pageantry of 1600-1840 featuring historic craft demonstrations, music,arts, and the history of early Ohio and frontier of the Maumee River Valley.Considered one of the” best kept secrets” of Northwest Ohio, the Lost ArtsFestival is truly a unique festival for this region. Historical interpreters in authentic camps andvintage ‘garb’ greet visitors who can tour a wide array of dwellings (allhandicapped accessible): a Woodland Indian Longhouse & Village, WesternPlains tipis, French Trappers Sod Hut (a dwelling built into a mound of earth),a Pioneer Log House, Scottish Tavern(non-alcoholic), an 18th Century TradingPost, a working Blacksmith’s Shop, and other period encampments (please visit pictures). Traditional artisans demonstrate daily camp lifeand skills used to live on the frontier. The Festival is also well known forits more primitive nature and layout: all crafters, artisans, traders andinterpreters are out-of-doors on the 40-acre facility, which is comprised ofwoods, meadows and a 2-acre Cricket Frog pond. With the exception of cars in theparking area, there is very little to remind any visitor that they aren’treally” back in time”.
Seven Eagles Historical EducationCenter is owned and operated by the ArtsCouncil Lake Erie West, a regional non-profit community arts agency providingarts, historical and educational programs and services for artists and thepublic since 1983. Dedicated topresenting and preserving the early history of the Maumee Valley, The Lost ArtsFestival is held annually to help raise funds for the continuing operation ofthe Center. Each year the Center provides programs and tours for manyelementary and secondary schools in Northwest Ohio, as well as Cub Scouts, Boyand Girl Scouts. Please join us in celebrating the history of our corner of theworld.