Fourth at the Fort

Add to Calendar07/04/2022 01:00 PM07/04/2022 04:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkFourth at the FortJoin the Fort Pitt Museum on Monday, July 4, for its annual Fourth at the Fort event in Point State Park.Fort Pitt MuseumFort Pitt MuseumfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Join the Fort Pitt Museum on Monday, July 4, for its annual Fourth at the Fort event in Point State Park. At 1 p.m., Fort Pitt Museum staff, scouts, and local veterans will help kick off the Fourth of July holiday by raising a 36-foot American flag.

The ceremony will commence in the Fort Pitt Block House yard thanks to an ongoing partnership with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, owners of the Fort Pitt Block House – the oldest building in the region.

Following the patriotic flag raising ceremony, visitors can enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of living history demonstrations.

Admission to the Fourth at the Fort event is free, but regular admission applies to enter the Fort Pitt Museum and access its exhibitions.

Test your aim at the Fort Pitt Museum’s Tomahawk Toss on June 4 during Fourth at the Fort, starting at 1 p.m.

In 18th-century America, both American Indians and European settlers carried tomahawks to use as tools and weapons. Now, visitors to the Fort Pitt Museum can sharpen their throwing skills at the museum’s outdoor Tomahawk Toss range. Participants will get a crash course in the history of tomahawks before learning safety procedures and throwing techniques.

Cost is $5 for five minutes of throwing.

For more information, please contact the Fort Pitt Museum at fortpittinfo@heinzhistorycenter.org or 412-281-9284.

This event is part of the History Center’s America 101 initiative and 2022 Civic Season. Held annually between Juneteenth and July 4th, Civic Season is a new tradition for learning and action, hosted by more than 300 cultural institutions nationwide along with the next generation shaping our nation’s future, and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.  This summer, celebrate what you stand for. Get started at www.TheCivicSeason.com. 

Vintage Base Ball Day

Add to Calendar08/20/2022 10:00 AM08/20/2022 04:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkVintage Base Ball GameCome watch base ball (originally two words) 19th century style.Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic VillageMeadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic VillagefalseMM/DD/YYYY

It’s time to PLAY BALL, 19th-century style!

Meadowcroft will host its annual Vintage “Base Ball” Day on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come watch base ball (originally two words) 19th-century style with the Somerset Frosty Sons of Thunder, Addison Mountain Stars, and the Keystone Base Ball Club, who will use 1860s rules. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy America’s favorite pastime!

The teams will play three games, round-robin style, using the rule book adopted on March 14, 1860, by the National Association of Base-Ball Players that included many distinct differences from the pastime we know and love today:

• Gloves were not commonly used.
• Players were referred to as “ballists.”
• A batter was called a “striker.”
• A fly ball caught after one bounce resulted in the batter, or striker, being called out.

Throughout the day, step even further back in time and enjoy family-friendly activities offered at Meadowcroft. Please note that the Frontier area will be closed due to the game.

Explore an Indian wigwam in a recreated 16th-century Monongahela Indian Village, watch a blacksmith forge red-hot iron in the 19th-century Meadowcroft Village, and tour the Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark and the oldest site of human habitation in North America.

The event is included with standard Meadowcroft admission: $15 for adults, $7 for children between the ages of 6-17, $14 for senior citizens, and $7 for students.

TICKETS AND ADMISSION

Tickets to Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village are available for advance purchase online. Purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged, but tickets will also be sold at the Visitor Center depending on availability and capacity limits.

OTHER INFORMATION

For information about admission, directions and parking, and accessibility, please click here.

For more information, please contact Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village at 724-587-3412.