The George Rogers Clark Heritage Association was an outgrowth of Project 80, which, in conjunction with the American Revolution Bicentennial Committee, organized the 1980 reenactment of the Battle of Piqua. At the time, a triangular fort and blockhouse, modeled after the larger one in the Shawnee village of Peckuwe, were built in George Rogers Clark Park.
After the Bicentennial activities, the association began to focus on the civilian side of the Federal period with the vehicle of choice being a trade fair, the Fair at New Boston.
From its beginning, the Fair at New Boston has brought together the finest character actors, entertainers, merchants, historical food vendors and living history specialists in the region. The illusion of time travel is complete as visitors walk among at least 600 costumed characters in the fictitious town of New Boston, named for a village once located near the site.
Now in its 32th year, the Fair at New Boston has been nationally recognized for its accurate portrayal of the 1790 – 1814 time period. Every year as many as 1300 students attend a free Education Day on the day before the Fair begins.
An all-volunteer, non-profit organization, the George Rogers Clark Heritage Association (GRCHA) has expanded its activities to include Night at the Museum, a spring planting event, classes on period character building, classes on sewing, education talks, school presentations, historical dance instructions and performances, parades and historical dinners.
In 2010 GRCHA assumed operation of the Crabill Homestead, which had been previously operated by the Clark County Historical Society. (See Crabill Homestead story later in this edition of the Gazette.)
GRCHA works with the Clark County Park District to protect and support George Rogers Clark Park, the site of two historical Shawnee villages and the site of the 1780 Battle of Peckuwe, the largest Revolutionary War battle west of the Alleghenies.