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Out & About: Fort Ligonier hosts overnight fun

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, July 16, 2018, 1:33 a.m.
(from left), Claire Crusan, 7, joins her grandmother, Marlene Crusan, her brother, Sidney Crusan, 9, and her grandfather, Bill Crusan, (back), for a photo during the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Claire Crusan, 7, joins her grandmother, Marlene Crusan, her brother, Sidney Crusan, 9, and her grandfather, Bill Crusan, (back), for a photo during the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
(from left), Luke Robinson, 15, Kipp Robinson, 15, and Scarlett McClaren, 7, look over maps to find clues,  during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Luke Robinson, 15, Kipp Robinson, 15, and Scarlett McClaren, 7, look over maps to find clues, during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
(from left), Faith McDowell, Fort Ligonier Staff member, Hayden Herrington, 11, visiting from Conroe, TX, and Luke Robinson, break-in to the fort by climbing over a wall during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Faith McDowell, Fort Ligonier Staff member, Hayden Herrington, 11, visiting from Conroe, TX, and Luke Robinson, break-in to the fort by climbing over a wall during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Fort Ligonier's Matt Gault, portraying Arthur St. Clair, waits for fort campers to find the key to unlock him, during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Fort Ligonier's Matt Gault, portraying Arthur St. Clair, waits for fort campers to find the key to unlock him, during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
(from left), Luke Robinson, 15, Kipp Robinson, 15, and Scarlett McClaren, 7, (back), pose for a photo,  during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Luke Robinson, 15, Kipp Robinson, 15, and Scarlett McClaren, 7, (back), pose for a photo, during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
(from left), Joshua, 7, and Jeremiah Rushton, 11, pose for a photo during the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Joshua, 7, and Jeremiah Rushton, 11, pose for a photo during the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
(from left), Ligonier staff, Samuel Varner, and docent, Dave Gerstel, read clues to find the key to the fort, during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
(from left), Ligonier staff, Samuel Varner, and docent, Dave Gerstel, read clues to find the key to the fort, during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Hayden Herrington, 11, visiting from Conroe, TX,  breaks-in to the fort by climbing over a wall during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.
Kim Stepinsky | For the Tribune-Review
Hayden Herrington, 11, visiting from Conroe, TX, breaks-in to the fort by climbing over a wall during a 'break-in' activity at the 'Night at the Fort Museum' event, held at Fort Ligonier on Friday evening, July 13, 2018.

Who says history is boring? Not the folks at Fort Ligonier, who offered a July 13-14 Night at the Fort Museum that included evening activities and a family sleepover option.

Assistant director of education Matt Gault put a reverse spin on the escape room concept by offering a “Break In” activity, in which participants used clues, riddles and other hints to break into the officers’ quarters, storehouse and other buildings. The night also included campfire stories, candlelit tours and more colonial capers.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, smcmarlin@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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