Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Delays Opening

Perry's MonumentPut-in-Bay, Ohio – Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is announcing a delay in the opening date of the park to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority.

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The opening date for the Visitor Center and the start of ranger programs will be changed from May 16 to June 13, 2020. The June 13 date is also the 105th anniversary of the Memorial opening to the public. The park’s reproduction 32-pound carronade will be on full display providing demonstrations on June 13 and 14. “We have worked so hard over the winter to prepare for the season and even harder the last few weeks responding to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation. It’s very disappointing to delay opening the park and cancelling some events but necessary to do our part to prevent the spread of the disease. Like so many others, we are looking forward to getting back to a semblance of normalcy when it is safe to do so. The staff, volunteers, and partners of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial look forward to opening the park, welcoming visitors once again, and celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Memorial opening to the public with a huge boom from the carronade!” Superintendent Barbara Rowles said.

A further delay in opening the Visitor Center could still be possible depending on COVID-19 developments. We will continue to closely monitor federal, state, and local guidance and adjust plans if necessary. Updates on Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial’s opening will be posted on www.nps.gov/pevi/ and our social media channels.

The Memorial and Observation Deck will remain inaccessible indefinitely due to the size and space limitations of the Memorial column including the stairways, elevator landings, and the elevator which do not allow for adequate physical distancing. The park will continue monitoring federal, state, and local health guidance related to COVID-19 and will open the Memorial column as soon as possible.

Outdoor spaces remain accessible to the public in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. While enjoying the grounds everyone should maintain the required physical distancing to help slow the spread.

The National Park Service encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial including online activities and Virtual Visitor Passport Stamp on the Memorial’s website.

The following events have been cancelled:

May 16 Opening Day; Planting Seeds of Peace

May 19-21 Perry Education Days – We will be doing virtual programing these dates

May 23-24 Carronade firing demonstrations

May 25 Memorial Day Service

June 6 Music Festival – Celebrating Peace through Music/Women Rock the Vote 19th Amendment Celebration

June 10 Voices of Victory

June 13 Maritime Exposition

June 20 Summer Solstice Sunset Tour

June 22-25 Arts on Erie

We encourage all visitors, particularly the most vulnerable, including the elderly and people with underlying conditions, to follow CDC guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. These measures include following routine precautions like washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, please stay home if you feel sick.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.htm.  Updates on Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial opening will be posted on www.nps.gov/pevi/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

Barbara Rowles

Superintendent
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Monitors Latest Health Guidance

Fog Put in BayPut-in-Bay, OH – Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial reminds visitors that the Visitor Center and Memorial column are still closed as part of our normal seasonal closure. However, the grounds remain open for your enjoyment. It’s important to note that the park, the Village of Put-in-Bay, and local businesses on South Bass Island are operating in compliance with the State of Ohio guidance and currently the Put-in-Bay community has very limited public services. Family attractions, restaurants and bars, and public restrooms are closed. The Miller Boat Line, in accordance with the Ohio Stay at Home order, is running a reduced schedule Monday-Friday and only accepting essential travel. For details visit their website at https://www.millerferry.com.

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The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with the federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. If it becomes necessary to make any changes to our planned opening on May 16th and any planned special events or programs, we will post information on our website and social media channels.

The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and others; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.

For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that they take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.


Perry Defeats British Fleet

Battle of Lake Erie

Friday, September 6, 2019 – Sunday, September 8, 2019

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 206th Anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s defeat of the British fleet in The Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813, and the enduring peace that has bound the United States, Great Britain and Canada in peace and as allies for more than 200 years. A Flag Perry's MonumentRetirement Ceremony is held Friday evening at 7 pm with Park Rangers, American Legion members and Boy Scouts. Saturday begins with an 11 am Memorial Service and the Grand Parade steps off at 2:15 pm and ends at the Park’s flag poles where four high school marching bands will play the National Anthems from each country before Rangers and volunteers fire a musket and carronade salute. A Living History Military Encampment is open 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and 10 to 4 on Sunday. Rangers will give black powder musket demonstrations, rifle demonstrations, and carronade firing demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. A Time Line event, “200 Years of US Military History” will be presented after the Parade on Saturday. The Perry Group will host a concert Saturday evening and the annual “Lights of Peace” Harbor Illumination at dusk. About 1,200 Boy Scouts will camp on the East Lawn at Port Clinton Troop #360’s annual Camporee.


Celebrate Perry’s Birthday

Commodore Perry

Commodore Perry

PERRY’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Sunday, August 25, 2019

Join the celebration of the 234th anniversary of Oliver Hazard Perry’s birth on August 23, 1785, as well as the 200th anniversary of his death at on August 23, 1819.  Listen to the Hero of Lake Erie as he discusses his life from the time he became a midshipman at age 13 to his victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie at age 28.  Historic firearms demonstrations take place at 11am, 3pm and 5 pm.  Carronade demonstrations start at noon, 2pma nd 4 pm.  At 1pm there is a Junior Ranger program entitled, “Join Perry’s Navy.”  Sunday, August 25, is the 103 Anniversary of the National Park Service.  It is a Fee-Free Day at the Memorial Column.

Perry's Victory103rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE/FEE FREE
Sunday, August 25, 2019

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial celebrates the 103rd Anniversary of the National Park Service. Visitors can ride the elevator to the 317-foot Observation Deck for a spectacular view of the Lake Erie Islands for free.  Children can visit the “See Yourself as a Park Ranger” display; they can try on a variety of ranger uniforms and learn about different jobs park rangers can choose from.


Park Releases Finding of No Significant Impact for Cultural Landscape Treatment Plan

Perry's Victory Landscape Treatment PlanPut-in-Bay, Ohio – In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Park Service (NPS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the purpose of satisfying the compliance requirements for the implementation of the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Cultural Resource Treatment Plan (CLTP). The EA documents results of the potential environmental impacts associated with the implementation of the CLTP treatment recommendations.

As stated in the final CLTP/EA, the proposed action would implement the recommendations, provide a vision and clear direction for the protection of the park’s cultural resources, and preserve the overall historic character of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Proposed changes will provide for Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standards (ABAAS) to indoor/outdoor experiences and provide a richer and more complete visitor experience. The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) describes the alternative the NPS has selected for implementation, provides rationale for its selection, and explains why it will not result in significant impacts.

The FONSI has been made available on the Planning, Environment, & Public Comment (PEPC) website at  https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=83119 or via email request at barbara_fearon “at” nps.gov. The final CLTP and Selected Alternative drawing will be available after November 30.

Superintendent Fearon said, “developing this plan took time and effort but was exciting as we were answering some important questions about preserving features of the park while improving access and the visitor experience. We are grateful to the many people who contributed to this plan through open houses and written comments.”


Perry’s Victory Public Meetings on July 24 to Review Draft Accessibility Management Plan

Perry's MonumentPUT-IN-BAY (OH) – The public is encouraged to attend one of two public meetings scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, to gather input into the Accessibility Management Plan (AMP) for Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.  The first public meeting will be held on South Bass Island at the park’s Visitor Center from 1 to 2 pm.  The second public meeting will be held in Port Clinton at the Lake Erie Shores and Islands Visitor Center from 5 to 6 pm.

The goal of the accessibility plan at the island’s National Park included identifying existing barriers to accessibility of buildings, exhibits, programs, special events and the park’s website. National Park Service staff worked with Commonwealth Heritage Group and the National Center on Accessibility to evaluate the park’s accessibility and to design a preliminary plan to improve accessibility park-wide.  “Our ultimate goal is to make the park facilities and grounds, ranger programs and special events, and our information sources such as the visitor center exhibits and park website accessible to people of all abilities,” said Park Superintendent Barbara Fearon. “That’s not just a basic human right, it is the law.”

A six-step process was used for developing the Accessibility Management Plan that included dividing the process into three segments; a three-step process of self-evaluation of the park, an accessibility team assessment of the park, and the preparation of the accessibility management plan document. An overview of those findings is attached and will be shared at the public meetings. Input will be gathered to further the process of finalizing the Accessibility Management Plan for the park, Superintendent Fearon said. “Whether the barrier is physical or programmatic, it is our job to make every effort to remove the barrier or provide an alternative so that this national treasure is accessible to everyone,” she added.

Anyone with special needs planning to attend one of the public meetings should contact Maggie Beckford at 419-285-2184, ext. 1229 no later than 10am on Monday, July 23, to discuss their needs and available services.

Click HERE to see the full plan draft in Portable Document Format (PDF).