Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
January 19, 2017

Your Ticket to the Inauguration

Presidential inaugurations are meaningful moments in our country’s history. Every four years, Americans watch the transition of power from one elected leader to another. For the outgoing president, the job of a lifetime comes to an end; the responsibilities, successes, failures, and joys of the job end at noon on Inauguration Day. For the president-elect, the stress of the campaign trail, the intensity of Election Day, and weeks of preparation culminate in this moment, when the job of a lifetime is just beginning.

January 4, 2017

The Westinghouse Time Capsule

At 1 p.m. on the 1938 autumnal equinox, Sept. 23, the Westinghouse Time Capsule descended into a hole in the earth on the grounds of the New York World’s Fair, not to be seen again for 5,000 years.

December 30, 2016

The Search for Eagles at Meadowcroft

Every winter since 2010, after Meadowcroft has closed for the season, the site has taken part in a research study focusing on eastern golden eagles. The rural 275-acre campus provides an ideal location as a “camera trap site” for taking covert photos of eagles or any other wildlife with a motion-activated camera when they come to feed on the roadkill bait.

December 28, 2016

Happy Birthday, Nat Youngblood!

Pittsburgh artist and illustrator Nat Youngblood (1916–2009) would have been 100 years old today. The Fort Pitt Museum houses a permanent collection of more than 15 paintings by Youngblood, many of which are displayed year ‘round on the museum’s first floor.

December 23, 2016

A Very Aluminum Christmas

Emerging in the mid-1950s, aluminum Christmas trees were marketed as a solution to the problems posed by their pine-needled counterparts. They were easy to set up, reusable, fireproof, and did not shed on the living room floor.