Fort Pitt Block House Overview
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Target demographics: Everyone interested in American and British history, historic preservation, the history of Pittsburgh, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 - 30,000
Geographic areas served: All residents of Pittsburgh, the surrounding region, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, United States as well as international visitors
Programs: The Fort Pitt Block House offers public as well as private guided tours, highlighting the building's construction, history, preservation, and its cultural significance. Curator available to provide lectures about the Fort Pitt Block House and its history to interested groups and schools.
Our accomplishments in 2012 and so far in 2013 all relate these two important initiatives - building fundraising capacity and planning the appropriate celebration for the 250th anniversary of the Block House:
- $140,000 in funding was secured to support a restoration and preservation project at the Block House;
- A $10,000 grant was secured to develop the Block House's first ever website;
- We participated in the Day of Giving and conducted our first year end direct mail solicitation;
- Our Curator signed a contract with History Press to publish the first comprehensive history of the Fort Pitt Block House.
- The restoration project kicked off in January and should be complete by October. The project has been featured on TV, radio and in the local papers;
- A donor management software program was purchased to improve tracking of donor and gift information and enhance our ability to communicate with our supporters;
- Our website launched in June;
- In advance of installing a memorial garden on the Block House grounds an archaeological dig was conducted which revealed many fascinating artifacts that help tell the story of the Block House and the Point;
- With the publicity around the restoration project, our new website and the archaeological dig plus the re-opening of the fountain at the Point, the Block House has been experiencing record numbers of visitors so far in 2013.