Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
February 22, 2017

Celebrate African American History at the History Center

The Heinz History Center’s African American Program is dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, and interpretation of the life, history, and culture of Africans and African Americans in Western Pennsylvania. Explore 10 of the many artifacts from the African American collection.

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February 20, 2017

It’s National Love Your Pet Day!

February 20 is a day of celebrations. In some years, it’s Presidents’ Day. It’s National Cherry Pie Day (George Washington’s supporters may have had something to do with that). For those who value the animals in their lives, it’s also National Love Your Pet Day, a celebration marking the “special relationship” we have with our pets.

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February 16, 2017

Breaking Down Barriers: Paul Lawrence Peeler and the Pittsburgh Public Schools

As Pittsburgh's public school system's first full-time African American educator, Paul Lawrence Peeler was a pioneer in black education.

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February 14, 2017

The Spencer Family Valentine Hunt

In the early 1900s on the corner of Amberson and Dahlia Avenues in Shadyside, an eclectic Valentine’s Day tradition thrived in the household of a local Pittsburgh middle class family.

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February 1, 2017

A Jazz Legacy: Mary Lou Williams

As an American jazz hub during the 1930s, Pittsburgh propelled one musician - Mary Lou Williams - to break jazz’s all-male barrier and become one of the most innovative artists of all time.

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