Act 48

Join History Center educators, curators, and local experts for workshops and educational sessions designed to connect local educators with the museum’s exhibits. All workshops include a classroom resource guide with lesson plans and a boxed meal.

Pre-registration: Required at least 10 days in advance of the program. See each program below for information on how to register.

Credits: Three (3) Act 48 Credit Hours

Discount Code: For the History Center member discount code, please contact the school and teacher programs coordinator at 412-454-6314 or aemcallen@heinzhistorycenter.org.

First Peoples: Archaeology at Meadowcroft Rockshelter

Date: Tuesday, Aug. 23
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village (driving directions)
Cost: $15 for History Center Members and $20 for non-members
Credits: 6 credit hours Note: This is different than the other Act 48 programs scheduled.

Explore the new First Peoples: Archaeology at Meadowcroft Rockshelter program during an immersive day filled with activities and discussions geared toward helping classroom educators bring this National Historic Landmark to life for students.

Participants will get up-close and personal with the archaeology, geology, geography, and ecology of Meadowcroft Rockshelter through GigaPan exploration, followed by program simulations and hands-on opportunities in the Rockshelter’s public interpretive areas. During the afternoon, experience a hands-on simulated archaeological excavation using actual archaeological tools and educational artifacts. Discussion and brainstorming sessions will emphasize the selection and integration of grade appropriate curriculum resources for facilitating successful in-class and field trip learning.

The mock excavation is a hands-on outdoor activity, so please dress appropriately to play in the dirt and for the weather.

All participants will receive a resource pack at the conclusion of the program. Lunch is included.

Limited space is available. Please reserve yours soon by contacting Andrew Donovan ardonovan@heinzhistorycenter.org or 724-587-3412.

Glass: Shattering Notions with Pittsburgh Glass Center

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heinz History Center
Cost: $30, which includes all supplies

While Pittsburgh today is known for being the Steel City, it was previously known for being the center of the nation’s glass industry. In this hands-on workshop incorporating social studies and STEAM skills, teachers will tour the Glass: Shattering Notions exhibit, learn classroom techniques for analyzing archival materials using collections relating to Pittsburgh’s glass industry, and work with staff from the Pittsburgh Glass Center to create a unique glass tile.

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Inspired by Pittsburgh: Arts and Social Studies Integration

Date: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heinz History Center
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members

Work with our educators to explore exciting ways to integrate visual arts and social studies in your classroom through examinations of artwork and a look at historic photographs, archival material, and objects. Discover how artists have been inspired by the city around them, explore digital resources to bring art and artifacts into your classroom, and learn techniques to engage students in the bridge between social studies and visual arts.

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A Lens to the Past: From Early Photography to Augmented Reality

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heinz History Center
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members

Explore how curators and historians gather evidence and read the clues to unlock the meanings of images and examine the past through the lens of photography. Discover how photography creates a portal to the past and then trace the history of augmented reality from the Viewmaster to Google Cardboard. This hands-on workshop features practical skills and techniques that can be implemented in the classroom using historic photographs and examples of augmented reality.

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Building a Collection: The Power of Primary Sources

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heinz History Center
Cost: $20 for History Center members and Frick Art and Historical Center teacher members and $25 for non-members

Join the education departments of the Heinz History Center and The Frick Art and Historical Center for an in-depth and behind the scenes look at two different types of museum collections. Teachers will tour the History Center’s new Visible Storage gallery, learn how different individuals and institutions have approached collecting and how this is reflected in the stories the collections tell, and work with our educators to explore different ways of building classroom teaching collections. This program includes resource packs with lesson plans and activities, and information about new digital collection platforms being used in schools

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History Alive: Interpreting 18th Century Indian Cultures

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heinz History Center
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members

Learn about the Indian Cultures that lived in the Ohio River Valley during the 18th century and about their various encounters with Euro-Americans. Participants will analyze historic treaties and narratives, develop the beginnings of a reader’s theater program for classroom use, and learn about the local connections between 18th Century Indians and early Pittsburgh history with educators from the Fort Pitt Museum.

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Before There Was History, There Was Choice: A Deliberative Forum

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Heinz History Center
Cost: $15 for History Center members and $20 for non-members

Join in a deliberative forum, where participants are set in post-war Pittsburgh and asked to deliberate on a series of choices to determine how the modern city should be shaped, weighing the benefits and trade-offs of each choice. This historic example is designed to illuminate the process of civic deliberation, connecting history and civic practice. Primary sources from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development will set the scene, and teachers will be provided with information and resources on how to utilize the deliberative forum process in their classrooms.

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