TONTOGANY, OHIO, Aug. 10, 2008 - Minerd.com founder Mark A. Miner joins state and local dignitaries to formally dedicate a bronze Ohio Historical Society marker honoring the "Custer Homestead" in ceremonies in Tontogany, Wood County, on Sun., Aug. 10. The plaque memorializes the family of General George Armstrong Custer and his family during their little-known years of residence in Tontogany during the Civil War. The event was held as part of the 2008 Tontogany Festival at the new Otsego High School Auditorium and Performing Arts Center. At the dedication, Miner reprises his powerpoint talk on "Tontogany's Deep Secret" featuring the story of Thomas Ward Custer, Rebecca Minerd and their child born out of wedlock, Thomas C. "Tommy" Custer.
Also speaking are Jim Carter, president of the Wood County Commissioners and past president of the Historical Society of Grand Rapids; Representative Randy Gardner of the 6th District of the Ohio State House of Representatives; Senator Mark Wagoner of the 2nd District of the Ohio State House; Jody Blankenship, manager of outreach programs at the Ohio Historical Society; Mark Young, president of the American Civil War Museum of Ohio in Bowling Green; James Shank, re-enactor with the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry; Steve Kryder, president of the Historical Society of Grand Rapids; re-enactor Paul Houser portraying Captain Thomas Ward Custer; and re-enactor Steve Alexander, portraying General George Armstrong Custer. The event is featured in the Toledo Blade newspaper and profiled in a special community newsletter, Tontogany Times. The festival is organized by Bernard Scott and a committee which worked for five years to generate support for the project. Minerd.com assisted with fundraising, and all told, the project raises more than $2,000.
Robert and Beverly Miner of nearby Bowling Green attend the events -- Beverly's groundbreaking research of the "Tommy" Custer story in the late 1980s and the national publicity it is now receiving have been a vital component of the formal effort to recognize the Custer homestead. News of the event and Minerd.com's research and role in the event are highlighted in a feature article in The Mirror, picturing and quoting Beverly Hansen Miner, and headlined "Ohio Historical Marker to Be Unveiled At Tontogany Festival."
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