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French-Indian War group launches online guide to anniversary events

Friday, February 28, 2003

By Marylynne Pitz, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

History buffs have a new Internet site to visit.

The War for Empire Consortium launched its Web site yesterday.

The consortium, made up of representatives from local historic sites, created the Web site to announce events that will mark the 250th anniversary of the French and Indian War, also known as the War for Empire or the Seven Years War, in 2004.

The war, which began in 1754 and ended in 1763, pitted Britain, France and American Indians against one another in a monumental struggle for political and economic control of North America.

A young George Washington, Pittsburgh and its Point all played key roles in the war. The confluence of Pittsburgh's three rivers was a very desirable site for a fort. There are 18 historic sites in Western Pennsylvania associated with the war.

Shareen Jordan, Web site director for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, designed the new online resource with lots of assistance from her husband, Christopher Jordan, who teaches American history.

Work on the site began late last year. One of the great features, Jordan said, is that visitors can trace a timeline of the war.

"You can go through the timeline and find the different historical happenings and link to the event that's going on now. It brings the past and the future together," she said.

The site includes maps, a photo gallery and links to other French and Indian War sites.

Laura Fisher, senior vice president of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, hopes the Web site will stimulate interest in the story, which shows Western Pennsylvania's significance in the founding of the United States.

The War for Empire Consortium Web site is www.warforempire.org.

Marylynne Pitz can be reached at mpitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1648.

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