Get a Sneak Peek at Fort Ligonier Museum Exhibits

By Pickels, Mary | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 7, 2017 | Go to article overview

Get a Sneak Peek at Fort Ligonier Museum Exhibits


Pickels, Mary, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Visitors to Fort Ligonier Days Oct. 13 to 15 can get a sneak preview of new exhibits being installed at Fort Ligonier.

Erica Nuckles, museum director of history and collections, is working with Capital Exhibits of Manassas, Va., to mount murals, upgrade display cases, better showcase artifacts and unveil a miniature, indoor fort, all part of upgrades the museum has added over the past year.

“These are new exhibits the public has never seen,” says Julie Donovan, museum director of marketing and public relations.

Museum officials worked with Capital Exhibits on this portion of the museum’s ongoing $13 million expansion and enhancement project.

“This is going to be a huge step forward in completing the museum,” Nuckles says.

The new exhibits will help better tell, Nuckles believes, the stories of the people who populated the fort 250 years ago.

Visitors to the museum will encounter a reverse timeline exhibit, taking them from the present back to the 1758 beginnings of the fort, as they proceed into the building.

“It will start with today’s news and go back to the era of the French and Indian War to help put visitors in a mindset before the Civil War and the Revolutionary War. Women can’t vote. There is no Internet. There are no cars,” Nuckles says.

A mural and panel exhibit features Forbes Road and introduces Gen. John Forbes and explains his mission.

“I call it kind of creepy beautiful. The forest was very dark, dense and eerie, compared to what we think of as forest today,” Nuckles says.

Fort Ligonier was the final post on the Forbes Road and the staging area in southwestern Pennsylvania to attack Fort Duquesne, a French citadel (which Forbes later named Pittsburgh).

A new sound pod in the History Gallery will allow visitors to “hear the progress of the battle happening” on Oct. 12, 1758, she says.

Children will find period clothing to try on and can pack a sack as if they were going on a military campaign.

A large, fort-shaped case will give visitors a preview of what awaits them as they exit the museum and see the reconstructed fort. …

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