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February 13, 2018

Pittsburgh Gets a Tommy Gun, 1929

Sometimes an object becomes so associated with a certain era that it eventually symbolizes larger issues that shaped part of American history. For the 1920s, one such object was the Thompson Submachine gun, or "Tommy" gun. Nearly 90 years ago, the Tommy gun's role as part of an event known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre forever entwined the gun with the dark folklore of gangsters and Prohibition-era crime.

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.

November 14, 2017

Never a Dill Moment on National Pickle Day

Do you relish the idea of seeing many pickle artifacts in one place? Look no further than the Heinz History Center, home to 160-year-old pickles and the best place to get your very own Heinz pickle pin. Quit gherkin around and enjoy these pickle-related artifacts from our collection.