Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
December 6, 2016

Awaiting the Arrival of Old St. Nick

For Pittsburghers of Christian European descent, especially German, Dec. 6 was a special day each year. Children awoke to find their shoes or stockings filled with fruits, nuts, chocolate coins, and other treats, a gift from Saint Nicholas in honor of his feast day.

November 30, 2016

Riot Gear and Red Vests: Remembering 1968 with the Pittsburgh Police Collection

The topic of police-community relations seems to be constantly in the news these days. Many of the questions that we now ask regarding the role of the police and the relationship with surrounding communities have been asked for decades. As we look back at one of the country’s most tumultuous years, we can see similar questions arise in Pittsburgh between the police and the public.

November 16, 2016

Pittsburgh Aviator Calbraith Perry Rodgers

A young adventurer from Pittsburgh, Calbraith Perry Rodgers, defied odds and changed aviation forever after completing the world’s first transcontinental flight in 1911.

November 9, 2016

Mid-Century Modern: The Taylor Family Collection

When you think of the History Center’s collection of family photographs you might picture sepia toned images of early 20th century immigrants. We certainly have many of those. But what about photos of everyday life from the mid-20th century? We have those, too, thanks to the Taylor family collection.

November 2, 2016

Freedom and Coal Towns: A Portrait

In the back of the gallery on the fourth floor hangs a painting by John Michael O’Cilka titled “Coal Police.” This simple name belies the complex stage of Western Pennsylvania history that the painting represents.