Ohio History Journal

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It is my very great pleasure and honor to declare open the

sessions of the Maumee Valley International Historical Conven-


It was 146 years ago that the Battle of Fallen Timbers was

fought, and all the events that we are commemorating in this

Convention occurred more than a century ago.

There has been an orderly and gradual development of civili-

zation in this neighborhood and in this country ever since those

days, until we find here in 1940 a free people living in a peaceful

democracy, joining with their neighbors across the Lake not as

with persons from a foreign country but as with friends from the

next town to celebrate the reunion, and to bind more securely

the ties of friendship.

It is unfortunately true that just as those Indians and fron-

tiersmen of a century and a half ago were to some extent the

pawns of a chess game played in far away Europe, so our meet-

ing tonight is influenced by a threat to civilization itself that has

sprung up in Europe. One immediate effect is that our country

in its defense preparations has thought it necessary to require a

passport for entrance from Canada, not because we have any fear

from the Canadians themselves but because of fifth column ac-

tivities, and so it has been hard for some of our Canadian friends

to be with us tonight. I greatly regret this red tape and fervently

hope that soon all persons may cross our mutual boundaries again

with the brief and inconsequential formalities that I have experi-

enced in my many visits to Canada.

It is the function of the historian, in mulling over the events

of the past, to better prepare himself and his contemporaries to

meet the problems of the present and the future. I hope that