Fort Ligonier to Get Face-Lift; Fort Ligonier Will Undergo a $13 Million Renovation and Restoration as Part of a Plan That Includes the Addition of a History Education Center. [Derived Headline]

By Dibattista, Cami | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 2, 2015 | Go to article overview

Fort Ligonier to Get Face-Lift; Fort Ligonier Will Undergo a $13 Million Renovation and Restoration as Part of a Plan That Includes the Addition of a History Education Center. [Derived Headline]


Dibattista, Cami, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Fort Ligonier will undergo a $13 million renovation and restoration as part of a plan that includes the addition of a history education center.

"This is truly an exciting time at Fort Ligonier," Executive Director Annie Urban said at a news conference Tuesday. "We welcome 25,000 visitors annually. The results of this project will enable us to expand programming, improve each visitor's experience, encourage scholarly research and engage a wider audience in this global history."

The multi-phase project will include the development of "The Washington Gallery" to house the fort's collection of George Washington artifacts in one area and the addition of a research library.

"The new history gallery will really help highlight the exhibit," said Erica Nuckles, director of history and collections.

"By exhibiting Washington's 'Remarks,' along with his saddle pistols and the current video in one gallery, it provides us the opportunity to fully interpret his early military career and time at Fort Ligonier, as well as the transition from the French and Indian War to the American Revolution," she said.

Audio and visual enhancements include an introductory video installed at the museum's entrance. Other additions will be audio tour technologies to assist in guiding visitors through the galleries and a reverse time line from present day to the 18th century.

"Every visitor will be able to actually step into history as they depart the museum and enter the fort area," Nuckles said.

To accommodate more education programming and the future expansion of programs, including workshops, symposiums and lectures, the addition of an education center is key to attaining the ultimate goal of developing Fort Ligonier as a year-round, world-class learning center, Urban said.

"Our education department has expanded dramatically," said Urban, adding that 6,000 students visited the fort in 2015. …

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