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Vintage Base Ball Q&A with Adam Johnson

  “Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd…” Each summer, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village in scenic Avella, Pa., hosts an exciting afternoon of vintage “base ball” – originally written as two words – with talented teams from throughout the region. Spectators can bring their own chairs and a picnic…

Meadowcroft’s Winter Work

  Rehabilitation and maintenance of our historic structures is a high priority during the off-season. Here the school is getting its new roof and chimney in 2018. Meadowcroft’s October Fall Finale program marks the last full weekend of our general public season, but we continue to welcome field trips until mid-November. As we approach the…

What to Do at Meadowcroft

  Something we often hear from first-time visitors is that they had no idea that there was so much to do here at Meadowcroft.  We are a museum that tells the story of humans using the natural resources of Cross Creek Valley for roughly 16,000 radiocarbon years (ca. 19,000 calendar years). With such an exhaustive…

5 Questions with Blacksmith Dewayne Curry

  Dewayne Curry spends most of his summer days as a 19th-century blacksmith working in the heat of a 2,000-degree fire. He took up the craft of blacksmithing just a few years ago, and now he shares his skills and his love of history with visitors exploring the site’s historic villages. We caught up with…

5 Questions with Interpreter Lisa Maust

  Historical interpreters help tell the story of Meadowcroft through the centuries. Visitors exploring the site’s three recreated villages see history come to life as interpreters share information and reenact roles important to that time period, such as a schoolteacher or a blacksmith. Interpreter Lisa Maust took some time to share how her passion for…

Forks of the Ohio Homeschool Series

  Students sift through dirt unearthed at Point State Park with state employees to identify the history of the Point through simple archeology. One day a month during the spring and fall of 2018, local homeschool students in fourth through sixth grades participated in classes focused on the history and environment of the Forks of…

5 Questions with… Interpreter Sarah Kizina

  Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village invites learners to get out of the classroom and experience history in action. Through its three recreated villages representing the 16th, 18th, and 19th centuries, as well as the Meadowcroft Rockshelter archaeological site, Meadowcroft allows visitors of all ages to explore the lives of humans living in the region…

5 Questions with… 19th-Century Schoolmaster Gary Ford

  Visitors to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are transported back in time as they learn about rural life in Western Pennsylvania throughout the centuries. Historical interpreters are integral to bringing history to life in Meadowcroft’s 16th-century Monongahela Indian Village, 18th-century Frontier Trading Post, and 19th-century Meadowcroft Village. Schoolmaster Gary Ford in the one-room schoolhouse…

Women at Fort Pitt During the French & Indian War

  Women consisted of a quarter of the population living outside the walls of Fort Pitt in the early 1760s. Two Pittsburgh censuses exist from that time: the first from July 1760 and another from April 1761. These two include the majority of identified women living in the vicinity at the time, with additional women…

Q&A with Re-enactor Floyd Dierker

  From muskets and blacksmithing to cooking and laundry demonstrations, 18th century life at Fort Pitt roars to life on select summer weekends in Point State Park. Re-enactors (also called “interpreters” or “living historians”) in the Fort Pitt Museum’s living history programs give visitors a glimpse into daily life at the Point 200+ years ago.…