Friday, May 6, 2011
The Senator John Heinz History Center is the first stop on a statewide tour of the Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show, which will be open from 10 am to 6 pm today through Sunday.
The 53-foot trailer housing the interactive exhibit stands across Smallman Street from the History Center on the site of the historic Ft. Pitt Foundry, which supplied cannons and guns to the Union war effort. State Senator Wayne Fontana says even though an explosion killed 78 civilians at the arsenal, people kept working. He says this region played a significant role in the Underground Railroad, saving many people fleeing slavery.
Enactors are on hand in period dress. Major Martin Delany was the highest-ranking of the 180,000 African Americans who served in the Union Army. Listen to his life story. Bands are performing Civil War music at 11 and 2 Saturday and at 12 and 2 Sunday. Adult admission to the History Center is half-price--$5—all weekend, and mothers get in free on Sunday.