Fort Pitt Museum, Point State Park
March 30, 2009 12:00 AM
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In the year 1767, Native American Indians brought five tons of beaver skins to Pittsburgh-area trading posts. The skins were traded for British manufactured items such as woolen blankets, glass beads, tobacco and silver jewelry. Those nuggets of information come from Fred Threlfall, who plays the role of a trader in this replica trading post at the Fort Pitt Museum. The state-run institution is one of several at risk of closing as Pennsylvania tries to reduce a budget deficit of more than $2 billion. Threlfall keeps a guestbook of those who visit his corner of the museum. He's had guests from 46 countries, including Nepal, Russia, Korea, Japan, Brazil and Finland.
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