Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
May 23, 2018

Q&A with Living Historian Elizabeth Hobbs

The Fort Pitt Museum works with talented reenactors (also referred to as “interpreters” or “living historians”) to show visitors how men and women lived when Fort Pitt called the Forks of the Ohio home. We caught up with reenactor Elizabeth Hobbs to get her take on bringing the 18th century to life in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

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May 11, 2018

The Edible Schoolyard

In 1996, California restauranteur Alice Waters joined forces with a middle school principal to turn an acre of asphalt into the first Edible Schoolyard. Students in Berkley, Calif., cultivated a love of nature as they learned how to make healthy choices and prepare the fruits and vegetables they grew. During the next two decades, Edible Schoolyards spread across the country. While many now exist in the Pittsburgh region, they are not the first schoolyard gardens to be cultivated by Pittsburgh students.

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May 9, 2018

Who’s the Tom Tucker on your Mint Ginger Ale?

Pittsburghers love quirky traditions, so when cruising the soda pop aisle in local stores, you’re bound to see green bottles of Tom Tucker Mint Ginger Ale squeezed between the major brands. The logo of a dapper man in top hat and bow tie has been smiling back at us for nearly 90 years from pop bottle labels and painted wall signs—but whose face is it?

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May 2, 2018

5 Reasons to Visit Meadowcroft This Season

Those long, warm summer days are fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start planning your summer adventures. If you’re searching for outdoor fun for the whole family, look no further than Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, in Avella, Washington County. Need some convincing? Check out our top five reasons to visit Meadowcroft this year.

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April 27, 2018

Have a Historic Summer at the Fort Pitt Museum

The Fort Pitt Museum is gearing up for a summer season jam-packed with living history demonstrations, educational programs, and opportunities to get outside and enjoy the sunshine in Point State Park.

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