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Visitors to the Fort Pitt Museum will experience Western Pennsylvania’s early history through a variety of interactive stations, life-like museum figures, and recently added artifacts, including:
Life-like figures of several 18th century characters, including a new figure of King Beaver (known as Tamaqua), a Delaware Indian diplomat who suggested the English build a fort at the Forks of the Ohio, along with an American Indian hunter.
Updated interpretation of three recreated rooms that detail life inside the Fort from the 1750s, including a fur trader’s cabin, a casemate storage room for munitions, and a British soldiers’ barrack.
An enhanced object theatre showing life-like figures representing the three-sided struggle for control of the Forks of the Ohio – a French fur trader, British surveyor, and an American Indian family – along with a 10-minute introductory video.
A number of 18th century artifacts, including a recently acquired American Indian powderhorn featuring an underwater panther – an ancient symbol of power – common to many tribes of the eastern half of the United States.
Items from Gen. Braddock’s expedition, such as musket balls and rifle locks, along with Gen. Lafayette’s 1758 six-pounder cannon marked “La Embushcade” (“the ambusher”).
A newly displayed pewter writing desk inscribed with “Fort Pitt Province Store 1761” that belonged to Josiah Davenport, who was Ben Franklin’s nephew and a local fur trader authorized to receive American Indian captives returned to Fort Pitt at the end of the French & Indian War.
The recently conserved 16-foot diorama showing Pittsburgh and Fort Pitt in 1765 that has been restored to its original grandeur.
History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt
Aug. 10, 2013 - Oct. 31, 2014
This year marks the 250th anniversary of Pontiac's Rebellion and the siege of Pittsburgh. To commemorate the anniversary, the Fort Pitt Museum presents Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt, a new exhibition that explores the historical events of the siege as well as its Hollywood depiction in the star-studded 1947 Cecil B. DeMille film.
Using rarely seen original movie props, photographs, and costumes alongside authentic 18th century artifacts and documents, the Unconquered exhibit examines this turning point in American history and encourages visitors to compare and contrast the historical events with the Hollywood depiction.
Following a visit to the Fort Pitt Museum, learn the full story of Western Pennsylvania's history at the Senator John Heinz History Center.