Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Fort Pitt Block House

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.fortpittblockhouse.com

Mission Statement

Our mission is to operate and maintain the Fort Pitt Block House as a historical site and museum, to maintain the surrounding grounds and to promote preservation, education, and public awareness of Pittsburgh's role in early American history.

Main Programs

  1. Guided Tours
  2. Group Presentations
Service Areas

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National

ruling year

1989

Principal Officer

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n/a n/a

Keywords

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block house, blockhouse, redoubt, Fort Pitt, DAR, FPS, historical preservation, french and indian war, early Pittsburgh history, mary schenley, james o'hara, the point, Point State Park, Fort Duquesne

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EIN

25-0965320

 Number

7760177794

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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2014 marks the 250th anniversary of the construction of the Fort Pitt Block House, our goals for this year are:To utilize the celebration of Block House 250 to increase awareness in the community about the Block House and Pittsburgh's role in early American history.To raise the funding needed to continue to operate the Fort Pitt Block House as a museum and historic site that is free and open to the public. Much of our activities and accomplishments in the past year focused on the planning and preparations for Block House 250:A comprehensive restoration and preservation project was completed on the 250 year old structure to ensure it continues to stand for future generations. Funding for the project was provided through generous support from an anonymous donor and the Colcom Foundation;The grounds of the Fort Pitt Block House received a much needed makeover highlighted by the Edith Ammon Memorial Garden. The garden was designed with two goals in mind: to create an attractive and welcoming outdoor space for visitors and to pay tribute to Edith Darlington Ammon and the other founding members of the Fort Pitt Society who were instrumental in saving the Block House from demolition in the early 20th century. Funding for the garden was provided by foundation and corporate support and the proceeds generated by the sale of fundraising bricks;60,708 visitors came to the Block House in 2013, an incredible 115% increase over the previous year. About 20,000 of those visitors came during the four week stay of the giant rubber duck brought to Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's International Festival of Firsts.Block House Curator, Emily Weaver, published the first comprehensive history of the Fort Pitt Block House. The book is sold in local bookstores, online and at the Block House. Emily does educational presentations about Block House history at local libraries and retirement communities as well as for other nearby historic sites and societies.

Programs

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Program 1

Guided Tours

The Fort Pitt Block House offers public as well as private guided tours, highlighting the building's construction, history, preservation, and its cultural significance. Curator available to provide lectures about the Fort Pitt Block House and its history to interested groups and schools.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Budget

$80,000.00

Program 2

Group Presentations

The Fort Pitt Block House also provides programming off-site by giving presentations on the history of the Block House to private groups and public venues such as libraries and historical societies.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Service Areas

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National

Funding Needs

The most pressing needs at the Block House are:Volunteers/interns who are willing to be trained and able to commit the time to serve as docents at the Block House, welcoming visitors and sharing the history of the building and the surrounding area;Volunteers who are willing to commit the time to provide regular maintenance of the grounds and gardens around the Block House;Lighting to illuminate the Block House to make it a more prominent feature in the night time skyline of Pittsburgh ($20,000);A electronic cash register to keep better track of souvenir inventory and sales ($1,000);Curriculum development and video production of a history of the Fort Pitt Block House to be distributed to schools ($30,000).

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FORT PITT SOCIETY OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Fiscal year: May 01-Apr 30

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Fort Pitt Block House

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Principal Officer

n/a n/a

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Elizabeth Wheatley

Community volunteer

Term: Aug 2012 - May 2013

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