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FRENCH CREEK HERITAGE EVENT

Saturday; July 14, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday; July 15, 9:00AM – 4:30PM

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

FREE Admission

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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

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

Children's Program

  • Mix of activities involving living history reenactors and period sutlers, fun, games and learning.

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

On-Site Food & Beverage

FREE Admission

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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.

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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

Tim Todish is a historical writer and consultant who lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He is a graduate of Michigan State University, and retired with over 27 years with the...

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Beth Kennedy

Beth Kennedy

Living Historian & Author

Beth Kennedy has been researching, reenacting and portraying living history for more than 20 years, attending living history events in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia...

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Matt Wulff

Matt Wulff

Author & Historical Researcher

Matt Wulff has been a historical re-enactor and researcher for over twenty years.  Research intended to improve his historical persona led to the publication of his first book...

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Michael Burke

Michael Burke

Exhibit Specialist, Fort Pitt Museum

Mike Burke grew up roaming the hills and valleys of southwestern Pennsylvania, developing an appreciation for the early history of the region at a young age.

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Dr. Edward A. Jolie

Dr. Edward A. Jolie

Mercyhurst University

Dr. Jolie is Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Archaeology at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He specializes in the archaeology of North America, perishable artifact...

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Don’t miss our round table events:

“Round Table: Pontiac’s War – Uprising and Revenge on the Frontier”

With Robert Cranmer Moderating

Saturday, July 14: 1:30PM

Our distinguished panelists will discuss and explore the causes, people and events of Pontiac’s War (1763-1764), with an emphasis on the role and impact of the conflict on the French Creek Watershed.

Participants: David Preston, Beth Kennedy, Matt Wulff, Timothy Todish, Michael Burke, Robert Cranmer – Moderator

“Round Table II: Pontiac’s War – Uprising and Revenge on the Frontier”

Sunday, July 15: 1:00PM

Our distinguished panelists will discuss and explore the causes, people and events of Pontiac’s War (1763-1764), with an emphasis on the role and impact of the conflict on the French Creek Watershed.

Participants: TBD – Panel of Presenters, Living Historians, Artists, Reenactors

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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