S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
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
Organized by the John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center.