History of Western Pennsylvania’s Native American Tribes Explored in New Fort Pitt Museum Exhibit

The Fort Pitt Museum takes visitors on an exploration of the history and culture of the Native American tribes that once inhabited western Pennsylvania with its new exhibit, “Homelands: Native Nations of Allegheny,” which opened on June 22.

Created in collaboration with the Delaware, Seneca, Seneca-Cayuga and Shawnee tribes, the exhibit features rare artifacts.

Native settlers who arrived in this area lived in relative peace for more than a generation before the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution forever changed their way of life.

The exhibit features dozens of items on loan from Native American tribes, including household items, decorated moccasins, pouches, and contemporary arts and crafts, as well as artifacts and images from the collections of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and Heinz History. Center.

The Homelands: Native Nations of Allegheny exhibition will be on view through June 2025.

On August 17 and 18, Fort Pitt Museum staff and members of the Native tribes that once inhabited our area will host the “Stickball at the Fort” event, featuring the Native American game of stickball. One of the oldest organized sports played in America, stickball is a precursor to lacrosse and shares aspects of many modern field sports like soccer, field hockey, and American football.

Additional programs will be announced later this summer.

For more information about the Fort Pitt Museum’s exhibits and public programs, visit heinzhistorycenter.org/fort-pitt.

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