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November 28, 2018

5 Questions with… 19th-Century Schoolmaster Gary Ford

Interpreter Gary Ford, a retired school teacher, spends most of his time as an 1800s schoolmaster inside the one-room schoolhouse in Meadowcroft’s 19th-century village. He also spends time interacting with school groups in the Monongahela Indian Village and dipping candles in the King House. Now that Meadowcroft’s 50th season has ended, we caught up with Ford to learn what it’s like interpreting history for visitors from around the region and around the world.

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July 24, 2018

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 found through the use of store ledgers, the papers of Colonel Henry Bouquet, and private journals. Currently, the list sits at slightly over 100 identified women at Fort Pitt in its first few years of existence.

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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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