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Visitor Center Opening

Wednesday, April 18

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Cost: Regular Museum admission

Join us as the museum opens its doors to the public for the 2018 season! Shake off the bitterly cold winter with a tour of the museum or a stroll on the battlefield. Take a look at the new merchandise in the gift shop.

Or just stop in to say hi!

 

History Speaks Series

May-October 2018 (Select Dates)

7:00 p.m.

Cost: $8 in advance or $10 at the door for individual programs OR $25 for entire series

10% discount for BRBHS Members

Join us for four entertaining and informative programs covering historical and cultural aspects of early life in Western Pennsylvania.

May 16th “Excavation of a Prehistoric Western Pennsylvania Village” by Bob Oshnock   

June 20th “Eighteenth Century Clothing” by Jessica Young

September 19th “The Making of Native American Clothing” by Dana Knezevich

October 17th “Celtic Ceol…A Musical Journey” by Walker, Lighthall, Podey & Podey    

Contact secretary@bushyrunbattlefield.com or Bushy Run Battlefield at 724-527-5584 for tickets and see individual event postings below for more details!

Spring Nature Walk

Saturday, May 12

10 a.m.

Cost: $5.00 for nonmembers, free to BRBHS members

Join Bushy Run volunteers and nature enthusiasts Bob Learzaf & Dave Browning as they conduct this annual rite of spring! Explore the woodlands at Bushy Run Battlefield and learn about the various flora and fauna of Western Pennsylvania.

No registration is required. Bring sturdy, water resistant walking or hiking shoes and dress for the weather.

History Speaks Series

Wednesday, May 16

7:00 p.m.

Cost: $8 in advance or $10 at the door for individual programs OR $25 for entire series

10% discount for BRBHS Members

Bob Oshnock will present “Excavation of a Prehistoric Western Pennsylvania Village”. Learn about Native American life in the Late Prehistoric time-period during this talk about the nearby Consol site. This site is a multi-component prehistoric site with two overlapping villages with stockades. Due to Oshnock’s involvement over 16 years, this excavation is well documented with extensive notes and reports. He is currently the vice president of the Westmoreland Archaeological Society, Chapter 23 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. The past will come to life during this presentation.

Contact secretary@bushyrunbattlefield.com or Bushy Run Battlefield at 724-527-5584 for tickets

Spring Tea

NOTE: This event has sold out as of 3/15/18.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

1-3 p.m.

Experience the beauty of Western Pennsylvania along with the pleasures of a lovely afternoon tea in the elegant Stone Room at Bushy Run Battlefield. Enjoy tea, hot chocolate, sandwiches, and pastries with family and friends.

BRBHS General Meeting & Lecture

Saturday, June 9

1 p.m.

Cost:

$5 for nonmembers

FREE to BRBHS members

Join us for a talk by Bushy Run volunteer Scott Perry for his talk, A Tale of Two Uprisings.

In June of 1763 a Native army swept over British holdings quickly and unexpectedly.  The British were woefully unprepared for the attack and it took time to ready a counter to this threat.  In early August, after difficult cross-county marches in oppressive heat,  the British response force met very heavy Native resistance.  After a very a very tough battle the British forces emerged victorious and went on to win the war.  This was in Bengal, a similar situation unfolded in North America during Pontiac’s War.

This lecture will examine the similarities and differences between native uprisings in two of the British Empire’s frontiers in the summer of 1763, both, strangely enough, fought against forces the soldiers would refer to as Indians, although they were on opposite sides of the globe.

 

History Speaks Series

Wednesday, June 20

7:00 p.m.

Cost: $8 in advance or $10 at the door for individual programs OR $25 for entire series

10% discount for BRBHS Members

Jessica Young, local costumer and entrepreneur, will present “Eighteenth Century Clothing”. The presentation will show the different pieces and parts of typical 18th Century dress for men, women, and children; featuring garments that Young has made from her own research. There will be a “getting dressed” demonstration as well as a Colonial Fashion Show, and the opportunity to see and examine clothing and accessories.  She will also happily answer any of your clothing related questions! Young is the founder of Penny River LLC, a historic and custom costume company based in Trafford.  She has a degree in Theatrical Costuming from the University of Richmond in Virginia, and has worked for Carnegie Mellon University and Colonial Williamsburg.  She has had a lifelong love of 18th Century clothing and culture, which began with a Felicity doll when she was 7 years old.  She lives in Trafford with her husband and two young daughters, who love playing dress up with mommy. Her goods and costumes can be found on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/PennyRiver

Contact secretary@bushyrunbattlefield.com or Bushy Run Battlefield at 724-527-5584 for tickets

8th Annual Classic Car Cruise

Saturday, July 7

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Love sleek classic and custom automobiles?  Have a classic or custom vehicle to show off to the public? Now’s your chance! Bushy Run Battlefield is once again opening its parking lot to classic and custom cars, trucks, or modified vehicles. Enjoy classic cars,  DJ Glenn Raymer, food and drink, 50/50 raffle, and more!

Be sure to check out our Museum and Gift Shop. Regular admission rates apply. All proceeds benefit Bushy Run Battlefield.

2018 Living History Daycamp

Note: Camp enrollment is open now!

Monday July 9 – Wednesday July 11

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $75 for members, $90 for nonmembers ($10 off camp fee for each additional sibling enrolled)

This summer Bushy Run Battlefield is giving children a hands on experience of Colonial life in the eighteenth century during its  Living History Day Camp. Children who have completed 1st through 5th grade will get a chance to participate in Colonial life as it was in the 1700s.

In addition to learning the history of the colonists in Pennsylvania, activities over this three-day camp will include: storytelling, period crafts and games, and more.  Guest speakers impersonating colonists will help campers imagine what it was like to live in the Pennsylvania wilderness.

BR History Day Camp Enrollment form 2018 (1)

255th Anniversary of the Battle of Bushy Run

Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Cost:

Adults- $10

Children- $5

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!