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2017 Living History Daycamp

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July 10-12, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm

For children who have completed 1st through 5th grade

Jeannette, Pennsylvania. This summer Bushy Run Battlefield is giving children a hands on experience of Native American life in the eighteenth century during its  Living History Day Camp.  They will get a chance to participate in Native American life as it was in the 1700s.  The camp will be held at Bushy Run Battlefield Park at 1253 Bushy Run Rd. (Rte. 993) Jeannette, PA.

In addition to learning the history of the Native Americans in Pennsylvania, activities over this three-day camp will include:  decorating clothing to wear, making a drum, hunting tactics, weaving, pottery, storytelling, racing and games, and simple cooking over the open fire.  Guest speakers impersonating natives of the time and a fur trader will give first person accounts of what it was like to live in the Pennsylvania wilderness.

The fee for the Living History Day Camp is $75 for children of family members of the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society (BRBHS) and $90 for children of nonmembers.  There is a $10 discount for each additional sibling.  Registration for each child is required for enrollment.  Registration with payment must be submitted, at the latest, by Wednesday, June 14, 2017.  No refunds will be provided after this date.  Camp size is limited to twenty five children.

**Drinks will be provided but children must bring their own bagged lunch.  Refrigeration will be available.

For more information about the Living History Day Camp or registration forms, contact Marlene Sawayda at 724-744-4193 or Please send all registrations to Bushy Run Battlefield, P.O. Box 468, Harrison City, PA 15636-0468

BRBHS General Meeting & Lecture

Saturday, March 18

1 p.m.

Cost: $5 for nonmembers, FREE to BRBHS members

Join us for a talk by Lauren Churilla, curator of The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College.

The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery houses over 400 woven jacquard bed weavings, the bulk of which dates from 1820-1860. Most of the coverlets in the McCarl collection originated in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Maryland. The McCarl Gallery also houses several coverlets from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, and Tennessee. Visitors learn about the history of weaving and folk traditions of the region through exhibits, interpretive projects, educational programs, and research.

BRBHS General Meeting & Lecture

Saturday, June 10

1 p.m.

Cost: $5 for nonmembers, FREE to BRBHS members

Join us for a talk by Bob Stutzman of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Museum entitled “Come Along and Ride the Ligonier Valley Rail Road.”

Community Picnic at the Battlefield

Saturday, June 17

Noon-5 p.m.

Cost: $4 per person—Includes museum admission and tours!

Come join us at Bushy Run Battlefield as we welcome in Summer on June 17, 2017!  With several food trucks, live bands, and children’s games and activities, it is sure to be a fun time for all ages!

254th Anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run

Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Adults- TBD

Children- TBD

Under age 3 – FREE!

Our premiere event for the year pits the forces of his Royal Highness King George III against a confederation of Native Americans.  See all the colors of war in the vibrant recreations of the two-day battle of Bushy Run that the various reenactors bring to life. Learn about how the battle progressed as well as how people lived in the mid-eighteenth century.

Two battle reenactments occur throughout the day. The morning battle starts at 11 a.m. and portrays the events that occurred on August 5, while the afternoon engagement begins at 2 p.m. and shows the August 6 tactics that led to British victory. Also featured are eighteenth century military camps, a sutler trade area, period craftspeople and a children’s area!