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Mission Statement

Bushy Run Battlefield preserves and interprets for citizens and visitors the site of this pivotal battle fought between British and Native Americans during the conflict known as Pontiac’s War (1763-64) and the role of this British victory in maintaining control of North America.


To present tours, exhibits and educational programs, that broaden public understanding and appreciation of Bushy Run Battlefield, Pontiac’s War, and the French and Indian War period. Major themes to be presented include:

  • The strategy, tactics, action and participants in the battle, including the leadership and soldiers from the British, Colonial, and Native American forces.
  • The significance of the battle to Fort Pitt, Pontiac’s War and the French and Indian War period in western Pennsylvania, interpreted collaboratively with Fort Pitt Museum and other period sites in the region.
  • Pontiac’s War (1763-64), its causes, and its ties with the French and Indian War.
  • Preservation and commemoration of the battle at this site.

To work with the Bushy Run Battlefield Heritage Society and other groups whose valued guidance and support enhance the mission and goals of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.