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A Season for Diplomacy

  From its earliest days, Fort Pitt was not only a military and economic center, but also a diplomatic one in the Ohio Country. Given the many broken treaties that punctuate subsequent American history, it is easy to view the past through the lens of inevitability. Yet, in the years when it stood at the…

Nicholas Cresswell’s Journey on the Ohio in 1775

  Benjamin Henry Latrobe, View from the Packet Wharf at Frenchtown Looking Down Elk Creek. Though painted years later and many miles to the east, this watercolor provides a good depiction of a round log cabin, the first housing constructed by most settlers in the Ohio Country. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The…

Who is There to Mourn for Logan?

  During the days preceding April 30th of 1774, a brutal massacre of American Indians was being plotted by about two dozen frontier malcontents roughly 40 miles northwest from Pittsburgh. Tensions in the Ohio Country between the Native inhabitants and the steady tide of frontier settlers were already running high. Encouraged by vague warnings of…

The African American Experience in Pittsburgh, Virginia – Part 2

  This is a continuation of a series on the African American experience in Pittsburgh, Virginia. Click here to read part 1. Benjamin Henry Latrobe, An overseer doing his duty near Fredericksburg, Virginia, c. 1798. Maryland Historical Society. Though Latrobe observed and painted in Virginia near the end of the 18th century, such a scene…

The African American Experience in Pittsburgh, Virginia – Part 1

  James Peachey, detail, View of Three Rivers taken from the Road leading to Pont du Lac, 1784, British Library. Though a Canadian scene, such encampments of American Indians were common on the Ohio River and its tributaries in the 18th century. Research for Pittsburgh, Virginia—the Fort Pitt Museum’s new exhibition that explores the roots…

The G. Biler / Fort Duquesne Powder Horn

  The G. Biler horn features a carving Fort Duquesne as it appeared when Forbes’ army arrived in November 1758, the name “G. Biler,” and the initials “G.B.” Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Gift of the Friends of Fort Pitt Museum. A Plan of Fort Duquesne, now call’d Pittsburgh. Likely made within days of the…

Meet Fort Pitt Museum Volunteer Marti Donovan

  The Fort Pitt Museum and its army of dedicated volunteers are dedicated to providing visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred in Western Pennsylvania. From leading tours to bringing 18th-century Pittsburgh to life, our volunteers do it all! We sat down with Marti Donovan to learn more about her experiences…

Artist Robert Griffing

  Robert Griffing with new painting, “Respect for the Ancients.” Photo by Kathleen Lugarich. While exploring the Fort Pitt Museum, many visitors instantly recognize the artwork of Robert Griffing. Utilized for exhibit murals, videos, brochures, and souvenir postcards, Griffing’s art in the museum accomplishes his goals of inspiring and engaging others in 18th-century frontier history.…

The Fort Pitt Museum Celebrates 50 Years (Part 2)

  This is the second in a two-part series adapted from an article found in Western Pennsylvania History magazine. You can read part one here. Read the full article in the Summer 2019 issue. In 1971, the state-chartered, volunteer Fort Pitt Museum Associates was formed to operate the Fort Pitt Museum’s gift store, organize public…

The Fort Pitt Museum Celebrates 50 Years (Part 1)

  This is the first in a two-part series adapted from an article found in Western Pennsylvania History magazine. Read the full article in the Summer 2019 issue. Fifty years ago, on June 30, 1969, the Fort Pitt Museum was formally dedicated and opened to the public, but the idea to honor the historic Forks…