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OHIO 2017

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33 w w w . o h i o h a s i t . c o m F or decades, the United States has welcomed millions of immigrants. Many came in hopes of a better life and religious freedom. Each culture brought its heritage and customs, and many populations settled in Ohio. Others, such as the American Indians, faced diff erent challenges. All contributed to the rich tapestry of our nation and have a story to tell. TRUMPET IN THE LAND NEW PHILADELPHIA Ohio's offi cial drama, "Trumpet in the Land," written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paul Green, brings to life the Ohio frontier during the Revolutionary War. e play, performed in the same hills in which the story originates, is based on the tragic events around the founding of Ohio's fi rst settlement, Schoenbrunn. It's the story of Moravian missionaries and their eff orts to con- vert Native Americans during the Revolution- ary War, which resulted in a massacre of 96 of those Native Americans and their burial at the historic settlement of Gnadenhutten. "Performed June through August, the play is performed in a natural amphitheater surround- ed by woods, so the acoustics are exceptional," said the executive director of the Tuscarawas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dee Grossman. " e stage is down front, and sta- dium seating is up on the actual hill." e performance is fi lled with historical characters. Live horses and other animals are included as part of the cast. And audiences will remember the fi re dances, the authentic cos- tuming, the battle pyrotechnics and the church burning during the production. Behind-the-stage tours off er a chance to see how the weaponry is fi red, how the church is burned each night and how the understage tunnel allows actors accessibility to all parts of the stage. Audiences can stay after the show for a meet-and-greet with the cast in full cos- tume. Refreshments are sold at the pavilion before, during and after A CULTURAL TAPESTRY OHIO CELEBRATES ITS MANY HERITAGES Above: "Trumpet in the Land" stage production Opposite page (clockwise from right): Columbus' German Village; Scene from Yoder's Amish Home; Traditional Irish dance in Dublin Courtesy Andy Donaldson Photography B Y E L I Z A B E T H H E Y

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