First opened in 1969 in a reconstructed bastion, the Fort Pitt Museum tells the story of Western Pennsylvania’s early history through a variety of exhibits and interactive displays. As a branch of the Heinz History Center, the museum focuses on the critical role that the area played during the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the founding of Pittsburgh. On August 9th, History Center members are invited to a preview of Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt, an exhibition featuring movie props and original documents from Unconquered, a 1947 film about the 1763 siege of Fort Pitt.
The sweeping Technicolor romantic adventure was directed by Cecil B. DeMille, and stars Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, and Boris Karloff. Set in the American colonies, it follows a Virginia captain who frees and falls in love with an Englishwoman sentenced to slavery. But a spiteful slave trader takes her away, setting the stage for a dramatic rescue amid an Indian uprising.
The member preview of Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt is free for History Center members and includes light refreshments. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. After the preview, regular admissions rates are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors over 62, $3 for students with ID and children ages 4-17, and free to members and children under 3.