Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
January 16, 2018

Jacob Evanson: Song Catcher

In the late 1930s, when Jacob A. Evanson joined the staff of the Pittsburgh Board of Education as special supervisor of vocal instruction, folklorists and musicologists were scouring America in search of old songs before they disappeared. The recording expeditions of father-and-son duo John and Alan Lomax, conducted under the banner of the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress, inspired folklorists across the country to join in the effort to collect and preserve America’s folk traditions.

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December 21, 2017

Pittsburgh’s Santa, George Heid

Did you ever send a letter to Santa on Paul Shannon’s “Adventure Time” show? You’d wait every day as a rocket carrying the letters would blast off, then the TV would tune in to the North Pole, where Santa sat back to read a few. The big guy holding those letters was George Heid, and for a generation, he was Santa to kids in Pittsburgh and across the country.

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December 20, 2017

A Pivotal Moment – December 23, 1972: The Immaculate Reception

December 23, 1972: There are certain moments in sports that define a team, an era, or an individual. The Immaculate Reception is one of those defining moments – separating the same old Steelers from the Super Bowl Steelers.

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December 13, 2017

The Mystery of the McKeesport Menorah

The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives recently acquired this charming electric menorah from the Iszauk family of White Oak, Pa., a borough outside McKeesport. No one in the Jewish community in McKeesport could provide any information about the origins of the electric menorah, but we dug a littler deeper.

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December 6, 2017

2017 History Center Holiday Gift Guide

Whether shopping for a lifelong yinzer or an out-of-town relative, look no further than the History Center Museum Shop for thousands of unique Pittsburgh gifts they’ll love.

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