3rd Annual

French Creek Heritage Event

Saturday; July 22, 8:45 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday; July 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cochranton Fairgrounds
(All Parking at Cochranton Jr/Sr High School)

FREE Admission

French & Indian War

A global conflict unfolded throughout 1755, following George Washington’s 500 mile wintertime expedition into the Pennsylvania frontier in 1753 and his subsequent surrender at Fort Necessity the following Summer. Young Colonel Washington’s actions would serve as the initial spark of the French & Indian War, itself only one component (the North American theatre) of the globe-spanning Seven Years’ War that would ignite the world. Within months, the great European powers – including Britain, France, Prussia, Russia, Spain and Sweden (to name a few) - would be engaged in a conflict spanning five continents and embroiled in battles both on land and sea to determine global supremacy; a true War for Empire. A living history event titled, “1755-1763 – Clashing Nations Mired in World War” will be held at the Fairgrounds in Cochranton, Pennsylvania on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23, 2017. An acclaimed group of authors, historians, re-enactors and living historians will stage two full days of presentations and exhibits to explore this pivotal time period and the events that happened both in northwestern Pennsylvania and around the world.

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Family Oriented Activities

Reenactor Encampments & Living History Demonstrations

  • Encampments, period sutlers, living history demonstrations
    (blacksmithing, trades) and battle re-enactments or "tacticals"
  • Waterborne kick-off on Saturday morning (8:45 am)
    (Weather and water conditions permitting)
  • Click for a Schedule of Participants

Mercyhurst University Archaeological Institute

  • Sample "dig boxes" for kids and technology demonstrations

Artifact Exhibitions & Displays

  • Native American artifacts by the French Creek Archaeological Society

Living History First Person Portrayals

Historical artwork displays by leading artists

  • Robert Griffing and John Buxton
  • White Historic Art and Jack Paluh

Book Signings, including Douglas Cubbison, Matt Wulff, and Ervin Stutzman

On-Site Food & Beverage

FREE Admission

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2016 Video

Speakers

Explore all aspects of the French and Indian War, including the competing powers, strategies, people, and pivotal events of the period. The role of the Pennsylvania Frontier and French Creek Valley will be a focus of the event.

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Douglas Cubbison

Douglas Cubbison

Author & Curator

Wyoming Veterans Museum

Mr. Cubbison is the author of several books on the French & Indian War, including “All Canada in the Hands of the British” and “The British Defeat of the French in Pennsylvania, 1758”.

Complete Bio & Presentation Time
Erica Nuckles

Erica Nuckles

Director - History & Collections

Fort Ligonier

Ms. Nuckles is a historian and expert on the colonial period and French & Indian War. An area of specific interest and study includes the influence and role of women during the colonial period.

Complete Bio & Presentation Time
Matt Wulff

Matt Wulff

Author & Living Historian

Mr. Wulff is an author, living historian and frequent lecturer on the French & Indian War. his area of expertise include the role and importance of Rangers on the American frontier.


Complete Bio & Presentation Time
Robert Emerson

Robert Emerson

Executive Director

Old Fort Niagara

Mr. Emerson has been the Executive Director of Old Fort Niagara since 1997, and is a frequent lecturer and expert on the colonization of North America and the French & Indian War.


Complete Bio & Presentation Time
Mark Hersee

Mark Hersee

Research & Living Historian

Mr. Hersee is a living historian and frequent lecturer on a variety of topics concerning the colonial period and the French & Indian War. His areas of expertise include trade and commerce, the role of the Britich Indian Department, and the water transport technology of the period.

Complete Bio & Presentation Time
Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University

Archaeological Institute

Staff from the Mercyhurst University Archaeological Institute will provide an update regarding the ongoing excavations in Custaloga Town (Carlton, PA), as they search for evidence of past human settlements the purported remains of Guyasuta.

Complete Bio & Presentation Time

Don't miss our round table: War Sweeps the Pennsylvania Frontier and the World

With Robert Cranmer Moderating

1:00 PM, Saturday, July 22, 2017

Our distinguished panelists will discuss and explore the events, people, strategies and global nature of the French & Indian War, with an emphasis on the role of the Pennsylvania Frontier and French Creek Watershed during this turbulent period.

Participants: Mark Hersee, Douglas Cubbison, Erica Nuckles, Matt Wulff, & Robert (Bob) Cranmer

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Partners

Thank you to all of our partners and participants for making the 3rd Annual French Creek Heritage Event a great success!

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With special thanks to our partners at the French Creek Valley Conservancy, dedicated to the promotion, protection and preservation of the French Creek Watershed.

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Venue

Cochranton Fairgrounds
Cochranton, PA16314

ALL parking will be at the Cochranton Jr. Sr. High School, with access to the Event Site via footbridge across Sugar Creek


For additional information please contact:
Mark Roche
814-425-7700