Centennial of Logan Elm State Memorial
Event Honors Chief Logan and
His Tribal Descendants
Logan Elm State Memorial commemorates its 100th year Sept. 30 with an event honoring legendary Native American Chief Logan and his tribal descendants, the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma.
Welcoming the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe
You are invited to attend the event, Logan Elm Centennial: Honoring Chief Logan, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Logan Elm State Memorial near Circleville in Pickaway County. Enjoy an informal gathering at 1 p.m., during which you can explore the park and talk to storytellers at park monuments. Stay for the official ceremony at 2 p.m., where we'll welcome two representatives from the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe and present them with a commemorative plaque made from a piece of the beloved elm tree that stood at the site for hundreds of years (the Logan Elm succumbed to blight and storm damage in 1964). The ceremony includes the dedication of a new elm tree planted in the park. You can participate in the dedication by bringing a handful of earth from home to toss around the new tree. This event is free and open to all ages.
A Magnificent and Difficult Life
Born around 1730 in the village of Shamokin, in modern day Pennsylvania, Chief Logan was the son of renowned Cayuga chief, Shikellimus. Chief Logan came of age during a time of intense conflict and devastation for Native American peoples. Ravaged by European diseases, forced from their land and embroiled in constant struggles with the British and French, Native Americans fought for the survival of their people and culture. Chief Logan was forced to resettle numerous times in his life. By the 1770s, Chief Logan and his family lived in the Ohio Valley. In 1774, 12 of Chief Logan's relatives including his brother, sister and wife were murdered by a band of white men at Yellow Creek along the Ohio River. The deplorable and unprovoked attack motivated Chief Logan to devote himself to preserving his people's community and their lands in Ohio and provided the impetus for his famous speech.
A Speech of Unparalleled Wisdom
In 1774, Chief Logan gave an eloquent speech on the relations between Native Americans and European American settlers. Known as "Logan's Lament," it articulates the complexity of the Native American and European American relationship and the personal toll it had taken on Chief Logan. In the final lines of the speech, he states, "For my country, I rejoice at the beams of peace. But do not harbour a thought that mine is the joy of fear. Logan never felt fear. He will not turn on his heel to save his life. Who is there to mourn for Logan? Not one." You can read Chief Logan's complete speech by clicking here.
Getting to the Ceremony
Logan Elm State Memorial is at 4500 State Route 361, one mile east of U.S. 23 near Circleville. For directions, click here. For more information, contact the Ohio Historical Society at 800.686.6124.