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Darkness at Midday over the Ohio Country: Not Since Tecumseh

March 13 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Marion County Historical Society and the Marion Public Library, with support from the Ohio Humanities Council and the Marion Community Foundation, will present a free public program entitledNot Since Tecumseh: Darkness at Midday – A Total Eclipse of the Sun” on March 13, 2024 at 7:00pm at the Tri-Rivers Career Center located at 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road, Marion.


Program Summary: “Ohio last experienced a total eclipse of the sun on June 16, 1806 an event which later became known as “Tecumseh’s Eclipse.” In an effort to discredit the great Shawnee leader’s almost mythical powers amongst his followers, General William Henry Harrison challenged him to “cause the sun to stand still or the moon to alter its course…” In response, Tecumseh’s brother, known as The Prophet, predicted that in 50 days the sun would shine but not be seen and “the birds will roost and the night creatures will awaken and stir.” His prediction was fulfilled when a long solar eclipse later occurred.

Ohio University Astronomy Instructor Thomas O’Grady will share additional details of the 1806 event along with the dynamics that cause these unique celestial phenomena. Insights into these events that have historically struck fear and awe in early people and resulted in the construction of enormous earthworks to assist in predicting such events will be presented. O’Grady, who has traveled extensively to observe eight solar eclipses for his research, will provide insightful information on previous eclipses and also on the one that will occur on April 8, 2024.

The first 300 guests will receive a complimentary pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses.”


Program Contact Information:

Marion County Historical Society,  740-387-4255


March 13
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Official Website for Marion County, Ohio History