Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
July 10, 2018

Camp Horne – The Perfect Summer Retreat

Camp Horne was the dream of Albert H. Burchfield, a manager at the Joseph Horne department store and son of one of its founders. In 1907, he and fellow employees began raising funds to set up a summer camp where “juniors” - teenagers who worked as errand boys and package wrappers - could spend a week away from the smoky city camping in the outdoors completely free of charge.

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July 5, 2018

Q&A with Reenactor Floyd Dierker

Reenactors in the Fort Pitt Museum’s living history programs give visitors a glimpse into daily life at the Point 200+ years ago. We talked to reenactor Floyd Dierker about how living history demonstrations help visitors see history in a whole new way.

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June 27, 2018

Making Meadowcroft: From Historic Village to Historic Landmark

The varied interests of those involved in Meadowcroft’s growth created a diverse collection of buildings, artifacts, and archival material.

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June 14, 2018

Don’t Tread on Me: The Flag of Colonel John Proctor’s 1st Battalion of Westmoreland County, Pa.

One of the rarest objects from the American Revolution resides at the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park. We’re taking a closer look at the famous standard of Colonel John Proctor’s 1st Battalion of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, one of the first military units formed west of the Allegheny Mountains.

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June 13, 2018

Prehistoric Hunting and the Atlatl

The atlatl (pronounced at-lat-tul) was ubiquitous. This simple weapon was a vital part of the prehistoric toolkit. Prehistoric people certainly understood its mechanical advantage over a spear thrown only with the hand. The atlatl is a launching stick.

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