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Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War, 1754-1763

December 15, 2006 – July 15, 2007

Museum: Ripley Center

Location: International Gallery, Sublevel 3

To mark the 250th anniversary of the British, French, and Indian War, this exhibition explores the 3-sided epic struggle for North America and its effects worldwide. It tells the story of the war that gave 22-year-old George Washington his first taste of military experience and set American colonists on the road to revolution.

More than 300 objects and works of art are on view, including:

  • the original surrender document signed by George Washington at Fort Necessity on July 3, 1754
  • an original printed copy of Washington's journal of his 1753 diplomatic mission to the Ohio (1 of 8 surviving copies)
  • portraits and historical paintings by Benjamin West, Joshua Reynolds, John Singleton Copley, and others
  • the only surviving complete pre-Revolutionary War British officer's uniform, which has never been displayed outside of England
  • Native American clothing and decorative arts
  • a collection of engraved powder horns, representing a unique North American folk art tradition

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Organized by the John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.