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'When The Forest Ran Red:'

French-Indian War film highlights Frontier Festival

Friday, July 05, 2002

By Marylynne Pitz Post-Gazette Staff Writer

If you missed its premiere, you have five chances Saturday to see the award-winning film "When the Forest Ran Red: Washington, Braddock and a Doomed Army."

'When The Forest Ran Red:
Washington, Braddock And A Doomed Army'

WHERE: Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District, Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

GENERAL ADMISSION: $6 for adults; $3 for ages 6-18; $4.50 for seniors (62+) and students with valid ID; free to children, ages 5 and under, and History Center members. With validation from the History Center, up to four hours parking in the 11th and Smallman street lot (entrance at 12th and Smallman) is only $3.

INFORMATION: call 412-454-6000


"When the Forest Ran Red" is an inside look at the campaign of British Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock and shows how pivotal a role Western Pennsylvania played in the outcome of the French and Indian War -- arguably the first world war in human history.

The film was shot at historic sites throughout the region, including Jumonville Glen and the site of Dunbar's Camp, both in Hopwood, Pa., Fort Necessity National Battlefield Park in Farmington, Pa., the site of Fort Duquesne and Fort Pitt in Pittsburgh and Braddock's Field in Braddock.

Since its release last September, the film, directed by Robert Matzen of Bethel Park, has won five national awards. Matzen will answer questions about the making of the film from noon to 3 p.m. in the Points in Time Theater. The movie will be shown at 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

The film is part of Frontier Festival, a day-long event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center in the Strip District. Also featured will be seven works by painter John Buxton of Hampton.

Frontier Festival will include demonstrations of military crafts, such as gunsmithing, and representatives of re-enactment regiments. Historical artist Robert Adamovich of Hopwood, Fayette County, will explain how he has used historical documents to create detailed maps of the French and Indian War campaigns.

Visitors also may have an encounter with a Young George Washington character from the History Center, who, presumably, will have better teeth than the father of our country.

Dave and Ginger Hildebrand, musicians from The Colonial Music Institute from Severna Park, Md., will present three mini-concerts followed by a discussion of their instruments. Arthur J. DeCamp, of Huntington, Pa., will demonstrate the loading of rifles and powder horns. DeCamp has been a student of muzzle-loading rifles and powder horns for more than 40 years.

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