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FRENCH CREEK HERITAGE EVENT

Saturday; July 14, 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday; July 15, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

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

FREE Admission

Pontiac’s Rebellion – Uprising and Revenge on the Frontier

As the French and Indian War came to a close in North America in 1763, new tensions simmered throughout the western frontier of colonial America. Throughout the Ohio Country, native peoples struggled to adapt to the new post-war order, as the British commitment to settlement and expansion replaced the prior French trade-focused policies. The British occupation, which tended to view the native populace as subjects of a conquered land and not as equal cohabitants, raised tensions. New policies installed by General Jeffrey Amherst, which included restrictions on vital trade goods including ammunition and gunpowder, further inflamed emotions. The stage was set for renewed hostilities, and once again the French Creek Valley would be at the epicentre of a storm of violence, conflict and bloodshed.

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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"

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

Book Signings, including David Preston, Timothy Todish and Matt Wulff

On-Site Food & Beverage

FREE Admission


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.

David L. Preston, Ph.D.

David L. Preston, Ph.D.

Author & Professor

The Citadel

Dr. Preston is a Professor of History at The Citadel, with a special interest ...

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Timothy Todish

Timothy Todish

Author & Historian

Mr. Todish is a retired Michigan law enforcement office and historical writer.  His works include “A Most Troublesome Situation:  The British Military and the Pontiac Indian ...

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Beth Kennedy

Beth Kennedy

Living Historian & Author

Ms. Kennedy is a historian and expert on the French & War and colonial period. An area of specific interest and study is the influence and role of Native American women and ...

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Matt Wulff

Matt Wulff

Living Historian & Author

Mr. Wulff is an author, living historian and frequent lecturer on the F&I War and colonial period. His area of expertise includes the role and importance of irregular soldiers on ...

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Fort Pitt Museum

Fort Pitt Museum

Senator John Heinz

History Center

Staff from the Fort Pitt Museum will discuss the history, events, participants, impact and repercussions of a pivotal element of Pontiac’s Rebellion, the 1763 Siege of Fort Pitt.

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Mercyhurst University

Mercyhurst University

Archaeological Institute

University staff will speak on pertinent subject matter and archaeological investigations involving the colonial period in North America, including the F&I War and Pontiac’s Rebellion.

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Don’t miss our round table: Pontiac’s Rebellion: Uprising and Revenge on the Frontier

With Robert Cranmer Moderating

Saturday, July 14: 1:00PM

Participants: To be announced

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