Forts at the Forks: Frontier History Comes to Life at the Fort Pitt Museum

As the French moved south from Canada in the mid-eighteenth century, seeking new settlements in the vast Ohio Valley, Great Britain began to resist encroachment into regions its leaders long claimed. Taking action in 1753, Virginia Governor Robert Dinwiddie placed a letter into the hands of his young surveyor, George Washington, telling him to deliver it to the commander of Fort LeBoeuf (in...
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Executive Director’s Message

Travel Notes – April 1996, Pittsburgh A series of conferences, meetings, and special events brings me to Pittsburgh for eight days this month and reconfirms the rich historical legacy of this city and region. Despite the enormous changes that have occurred in recent decades, there remains an abundance of physical reminders of the past. I begin my visit, as I always do, at the Forks of the...
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Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: North America’s Forgotten Conflict at Bushy Run Battlefield

It was small enough – a piece of land in the Allegheny Mountain range, enfolded by dense woods of large oaks and chestnuts, rolling hills, swamps, and small creek beds. There, on Chestnut Ridge near an outpost called Bushy Run, Colonel Henry Bouquet, leading a relief expedition to the British stronghold at Fort Pitt, was attacked by Delaware, Mingoe, Shawnee, and Wyandot Indians on August...
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General Irvine’s Pistols at Fort Pitt Museum

General William Irvine (1741-1804), a physician who practiced in Carlisle, Cumberland County, and a member of the Continental Congress, enjoyed a distinguished military career. He served in the Revolutionary War, during which he commanded Fort Pitt, and led Pennsylvania troops during the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. For many years, Irvine’s papers and personal arms – an elegantly...
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A Letter from the Chairman

It’s no secret that Pennsylvania abounds with spectacular resources, both natural and historic, including vast forestlands, state parks, majestic mountains, verdant valleys, and hundreds of historical organizations and cultural institutions, including the more than two dozen historic sites and museums that make up the popular and well-traveled Pennsylvania Trail of History. No matter where...
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Executive Director’s Message

The articles in this issue underscore the diversity of Pennsylvania’s history – from the role of women in industrv to Cuban baseball players in Williamsport. The range of these topics is matched by the complexity and breadth of the PHMC’s mission and programs. With 17 million visitors each year to our more than two dozen historic sites and museums – comprising more than...
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Current and Coming

Anniversary Activities The French and Indian War was £ought in south western Pennsylvania between 1754 and 1760 as France, Great Britain, and Native America battled for control of one of the most important pieces of real estate in North America. This highly coveted and hotly contested point of land, at the time called the Forks of the Ohio, is now the City of Pittsburgh. In the eighteenth...
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Bookshelf

Pennsylvania Trail of History Cookbook By the Editors of Stackpole Books and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Stackpole Books and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2004 (127 pages, paper, $19.95) With recipes provided by the more than two dozen historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), the Pennsylvania...
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18th Century Drum at Fort Pitt Museum

Discovered in New England in the 1970s, a rare mid-eighteenth-century French military drum has intrigued visitors to the Fort Pitt Museum in Point State Park, Pittsburgh, since being placed on exhibit in 2003. The drum, predating 1760, retains its distinctive decoration, including the royal crown of France, an oval containing three fleurs-de-lis, and branches bearing berries on a blue...
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Pennsylvania Heritage Society Newsletter

Topics in the Summer 2008 Newsletter: Signature Series Tour: New Deal Post Office Murals New PHS Website New PHS Board of Directors Members Calendar for July – September 2008 2008 Penn Ambassadors Support in the Field Welcome New PHS Members  ...
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