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January 6, 2016

Volunteer Spotlight: Jack Sheehan

Jack Sheehan signed up to be a Heinz History Center docent in 2005. Since then, he has enjoyed telling stories about the various objects and exhibits at both the Heinz History Center and the Fort Pitt Museum and has logged over 3,500 volunteer hours.

November 17, 2015

Portrait of a Frontiersman: James Smith

Of those captured by Indians in the 18th century, none was better adapted to life on the frontier than James Smith. Captured at the age of 18 while working on a Pennsylvania spur of the Braddock Road, his subsequent adoption by Kahnawake Mohawks set in motion a chain of events that would influence the rest of his life.

October 9, 2015

Constructing the French Forts of the Ohio Country

In the 18th century, the French built four forts: Presque Isle, Le Boeuf, Machault, and Duquesne. All four shared a similar design. Take a closer at each of these forts, their construction, and their positioning in the Ohio Country.