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April 19, 2018

Meet the History Center Docent Community

In 2017, docents at the Heinz History Center collectively logged 2,147 volunteer hours. Unsurprisingly, our docents are passionate about history, but it turns out that what keeps them coming back is being a part of a community of lifelong learners.

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April 17, 2018

Of Beer and Taxes: Prohibition’s Connection to the National Income Tax

The topic of Prohibition conjures up visions of speakeasies, flappers, jazz, and hidden flasks. But what about income taxes? In addition to the history of the 18th (1919) and 21st Amendments (1933), there’s another amendment that is crucial to the story of Prohibition. The 16th Amendment, ratified in 1913, made it possible for the federal government to establish a nationwide income tax. While we might not wish to contemplate that history as another Tax Day deadline rolls around, it was crucial for the passage of Prohibition.

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February 5, 2018

Curator Q&A: Leslie Przybylek and American Spirits

Meet Leslie Przybylek, lead curator for the new American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition. Leslie has been hard at work bringing this traveling exhibit from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to the History Center, adding a local connection that brings to life Prohibition-era Pittsburgh. Read our interview with Leslie for her take on the new exhibit and what it is about the '20s that continues to fascinate us, nearly a century later.

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