Artillery and Chocolate
June 4-5 (noon to 4 p.m.)
Visitors can take a sweet step back in time to the 18th century and learn how chocolate was made and consumed during the 1700s. A blacksmith will forge red-hot iron, visitors can try colonial chocolate, and there will be a ceremonial firing of the Fort Pitt Museum’s replica British six-pounder cannon. Admission to the outdoor Artillery and Chocolate event is free, but regular admission applies to enter the Fort Pitt Museum and access its exhibitions. Funding for this program has been provided by a Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant.
This summer at Point State Park, the Fort Pitt Museum – part of the Smithsonian-affiliated Senator John Heinz History Center’s family of museums – will host a lineup of events that bring the history of Pittsburgh to life right where the city began.
Visitors to the Fort Pitt Museum will discover the Point’s role during pivotal moments in American history, including the French & Indian War, the American Revolution, and as the birthplace of Pittsburgh.
The museum’s summer public programs will include an exploration into the lives of American Indians and early settlers, invite visitors to test their aim in a Tomahawk toss, try colonial chocolate, and honor America with its annual Fourth at the Fort event.