Fort Pitt Block House

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Maureen Mahoney Hill worked with the Fort Pitt Society, owners and operators of the Fort Pitt Block House, for almost three years to secure the funding needed for a comprehensive restoration of the historic structure as well as to plan and lead Block House 250, a year-long, citywide celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Block House. This anniversary commemoration of Pittsburgh’s oldest authenticated structure provided the Fort Pitt Society with a unique opportunity to build internal capacity and begin focusing on the future sustainability of the Block House as a historic site and museum. In addition to the successful restoration and preservation project on the building, full funding was secured for the design and installation of a memorial garden and to enhance communications including the development of the first ever Block House website, electronic and print newsletters, new program brochures and a video. A record number of visitors toured the site leading up to and through the Block House 250 celebrations resulting in dramatic increases in money raised through souvenir sales and other efforts.