Battle of Lake Erie Remembered

Perry's ships

Perry’s Victory Visitor Center

Battle of Lake Erie 207th Commemoration includes the following events for Historical Weekend:

Raising of the flags on 12 September 2020


Procession to Plazas from Visitor Center for a brief wreath laying ceremony

Small Arms Demonstration

Artillery Demonstration

Combined Artillery and Small Arms Demonstrations

Carronade and Small Arms Demonstration

Historic Encampment with cooking, trade demonstrations and other displays

Perry’s Victory Seawall Repair Open for Public Input

Put-in-Bay, Ohio—The National Park Service (NPS) is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Park) for a project to repair and replace the north and south side concrete seawalls. Years of wave action, ice loading, and geological processes have deteriorated and undermined the two seawalls resulting in the creation of sink holes and other unsafe conditions within the Park. Both seawalls are also functionally necessary to protect the cultural resources of the Park due to the proximity of Lake Erie and the relatively low elevation of the Park. To enhance the visitor experience, the NPS also proposes to install interpretive elements along the north seawall.

The NPS encourages public participation throughout the planning process. There will be two opportunities to comment formally on the proposed project—once during the project scoping and again following release of the EA. The NPS is currently in the scoping phase of the proposed project and invites the public to submit written suggestions, comments, and concerns regarding the design.

The NPS will host a public open house to provide the opportunity for members of the public to learn more about the proposed project. The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time July 29 via Microsoft Teams. A presentation will be held at the beginning of the meeting. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions an in-person meeting is not planned at this time.

The open house will be held as follows:

July 29, 2020
10 AM to 11 AM EST

Call in Number to Public Open House:

+1 469-214-8538   United States, Dallas (Toll)

Conference ID: 138 221 15#

Public comment to support this project is currently open and will be accepted through August 21, 2020. The public can find the meeting invite, submit comments and find more information about the project at the Park’s website at The NPS will also be accepting written comments by mail at:

Superintendent Barbara Rowles

Attn: PEVI Seawall Project EA Scoping
P.O. Box 549
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

The Park is located at 93 Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456. The Park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. For more information, visit or call (419) 285-2184.


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.

Photo courtesy Perry’s Victory

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 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  Updates on Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial opening will be posted on

Barbara Rowles

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial