Series: The Momentous History of a Monument

How did the "Fort that Never Surrendered" become history not just once, but twice? The following series goes into detail about the memorial of a historic site and the creation of a historic national monument, as well as all the celebrations along the way.

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    Article 1: 75 Years - Thank You to The People who Refused to Forget: 1935-2010

    An old newspaper with the headline

    In the year 2010, Fort Stanwix celebrated it's 75 anniversary of as a national monument. It's creation was due in large part to the City of Rome, NY, and its people who preserved its memory. Read more

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    Article 2: Tales of Fort Stanwix: Research from the 1920s

    The cover page of an old book.

    Throughout the early 20th Century, a series of works on the history of Fort Stanwix/Schuyler were created. Plays, poems, and textbooks were all written to showcase the history of the location as the nation's 150th anniversary celebrations began. Read more

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    Article 3: The 150th Anniversary of the 1777 Campaign: "A Day of Days at the Oneida Carrying Place"

    A man in a crisp white uniform stand on top of a miniature wooden fort addressing a crowd.

    In 1927, the nation was celebrating its 150th anniversary. The events that took place in Rome, NY that year set the stage for the remains of the historic fort to become a national monument. Read more

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    Article 4: Here’s to the Red, White, & Blue!!!

    An american flag flying from a wooden flagpole.

    Did you know it was once believed that the American flag first flew over the walls of Fort Stanwix/Schuyler? For years, compelling evidence led many to this conclusion. It was even written in history books! However, the evidence compiled over the years has disproved this idea. But the origins of it remain an intriguing mystery! Read more

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    Article 5: "What's in a name?' or "That which we call a rose"

    A NYS historic marker. It reads: Rome. March 4th 1796.

    "Fort Stanwix" was not always the name of the fort that sits in Rome, NY today. "Fort Stanwix" was not even the American name of the fort! Learn about the significance of it's historic names and how the modern name for this historic location was chosen. Read more

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    Article 6: Welcome to 1935, The Year That Created a National Monument

    The southeast corner of the fort reduced to only an old cannon and a historic marker plaque.

    The world’s economy is struggling. Large numbers of Americans are unemployed. The country is reeling from a long hot summer with powerful storms. Americans are debating government economic stimulus initiatives and Social Security. Does this sound familiar? However, there is a catch! This does not describe today, but 1935 when Fort Stanwix National Monument was established. Learn more about this fateful year here. Read more

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    Article 7: From Memory to Monument:

    Two men kneel over a dirt pit lined with bricks.

    For the past 40 years, Fort Stanwix has stood as a reconstruction nestled in the heart of Rome, New York. The road to reconstructing the 18th century past was led by members of the Rome community and forever changed the City of Rome. Read more