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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 19, May 8, 2005, Article 6

CLASH OF EMPIRES: KITTANNING AND OTHER EARLY MEDALS

The catalog for the Clash of Empires exhibit at the Senator
John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center has just been
released as a double issue of the Western Pennsylvania
History Magazine and all members will be receiving it very
shortly. My copy should arrive soon. I mentioned this exhibit
last week because it features a rare original silver Kittanning
medal.

I had the pleasure of viewing this exhibit last Monday, and I
was pleased to see that it contains quite a number of medals
relating the the British, French & Indian War of 1754-1763.
The following is from the exhibit press release:

"Among the many rare period objects in the exhibit are the
Treaty of Fort Necessity, the original surrender document
signed by 22-year-old British officer George Washington of
the Virginia Regiment in 1754 after a resounding defeat by
French and American Indian forces, along with the fork and
knife from his mess kit; the burned remains of the wagons
Benjamin Franklin secured for use on the Braddock expedition;
one of two remaining Celeron plates that French forces buried
in the ground to claim the territory as their own; ornate British
and French swords, guns and cannons; and American Indian
tomahawks, knives and war clubs. Visitors also will see a
variety of intricately carved powder horns; beautifully detailed
Native American leggings, bags and moccasins; General
Braddock'ís plan for the attack of Fort Duquesne, found on the
battlefield by French soldiers after they defeated the British;
and British and French medals and other commemorative pieces."

The Kittanning medal is from the city of Fredericksburg, VA
collection. I was unable to record information on any of the
medals because pens and pencils were banned from the exhibit
area. The exhibit catalog may not give the full details on the
medals, so I've contacted the society and requested an inventory
of the medals in the exhibit. The exhibit will be on display here
in Pittsburgh through April 15, 2006, then travels to the
Canadian War Museum in Ottowa, Canada for display May 18,
2006 - November 12, 2006. Finally, the exhibit is set to open
at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. during the
Winter 2007 season.

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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