Mississinewa 1812 cancelled for 2020

By Sean Douglas

For months, Mississinewa Battlefield Society officials held out hope that they would be able to have their annual event this coming fall.

But with the alarming spike in COVID-19 cases throughout the country, they made the difficult decision to cancel Mississinewa 1812, originally scheduled for October 9-11.

“It is with great sorrow that we announce that Mississinewa 1812, which was scheduled to take place has been cancelled,” the Mississinewa Battlefield Society released in a statement earlier this week. “The executive officers and directors of the Mississinewa Battlefield Society did not make this decision lightly, and followed the course of due diligence as far as it possibly could while allowing for reopening phases to occur, which resulted in the realization that due to the unpredictable risk that COVID-19 presents to our participants and visitors, and the inability to fully secure a safe and socially distant environment that would meet the State and Local requirements, we have been forced to cancel our 33rd year.

“Mississinewa 1812 is operated by a 100 percent volunteered not-for-profit organization that prides ourselves on the ability of a collective group to provide an event where education, preservation of culture and history, and tradition are had each year, and trust us, we are most deeply saddened that we will not be able to gather, educate, and entertain this year.

If all goes according to plan, and the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control, Mississinewa 1812 will have its 33rd annual fall extravaganza on October 1-3, 2021, with a plethora of exciting updates and changes.

“We have met many obstacles in the past that we have overcome with stride, and we plan to do so now. We continue to work toward making Mississinewa 1812 a most grand event for 2021, which includes a new and enlarged battlefield, a new vendor road, a new British camp, and a new Native Longhouse.

“So, in the meantime, hold on to hope, stay sane, and stay healthy and we will see you on the banks of the Mississinewa.”

Posted on 2020 Jul 28