December 12, 2018
The Fort Industry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently presented RCO Attorney Julia Wiley with its 2018 Community Service Award, a national award that recognizes outstanding voluntary achievements in cultural, educational, patriotic or historical work. Wiley serves as the President of the Fallen Timbers Battlefield Preservation Commission, an organization that is actively preserving and protecting the battlefield. The local commission was formed in 1996 by a group of concerned citizens and local history buffs dedicated to saving the Battlefield from commercial development. The Battle of Fallen Timbers took place on August 20, 1794 and is considered one of the most decisive battles in American history. By destroying the American Indian Alliance and putting an end to the English claims in the Northwest territory, the battle secured the future states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, and Ohio, and opened the west for exploration and expansion. Wiley is passionate about the battlefield and promoting its importance as a regional and national historical site. The Commission’s efforts helped create a 1.5 mile Northwest Territory Trail that was opened to the public in 2015, that includes interpretive areas and information about the conflict. A Visitor Center will open in the near future. The Commission will also honor the 225th Anniversary of the Battle of Fallen Timbers with an international community event that runs from August 16-20, 2019, with other events and programs planned throughout 2019.
Regent Brenda Corr and Beverly St. Clair, of the Fort Industry DAR Chapter, present the 2018 Community Service Award to Julia Wiley.