Fort Pitt Blockhouse celebrates 250th anniversary
In the late 1800s, a group of prominent women rallied together to form the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their first priority was to preserve our city's oldest historic building.
“I am just so proud of what DAR did to save that blockhouse,” said Betsy Teti of the only surviving building of the British Fort Pitt. “And when women couldn't vote!”
On Sept. 11, more than 125 guests raised a glass with the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Fort Pitt Blockhouse.
The evening included remarks from keynote speaker Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of former President Richard Nixon. “It's a symbol of the American frontier spirit and an example of how we became the nation we became,” she said.
Guests included Fort Pitt Society prexy Elizabeth Wheatley, Joanne Ostergaard, Donna Paszek, Arlene Stiehler, Maureen Mahoney Hill, James Halttunen, Nancy Kennedy and Paul Kennedy.