Homeschool Programs

The History Center’s new homeschool programs explore themes with a variety of activities geared towards learners of all ages. Join us for special program days complete with hands-on activities, mapping labs, read-alouds, and primary source analysis in our archives. These standards-aligned workshops turn the museum into your classroom. Advance registration is required.

Please contact Amanda McAllen at or 412-454-6314 with questions or for more information.

Heinz History Center Homeschool Programs

If you have questions about History Center programing, please contact Amanda McAllen at

Shaping Modern Pittsburgh: A Deliberative Forum

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 30
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Detre Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center
Grades: 8th – 11th
Cost: Free | Register
Please register students and any attending family members. Registration will close on Friday, Jan. 26.

The past is filled with key points at which different decisions might have changed the course of history. Using the format of a deliberative forum and thinking from the perspective of a citizen in post-World War II Pittsburgh, students will discuss three options for how the modern city should be shaped. A hands-on exploration of primary archival sources from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development will set the scene, followed by an hour-long forum moderated by History Center education staff.

Homeschooled students in grades 8-11 are invited to this program, offered free of charge through the generosity of the Kettering Foundation. Parents and siblings are welcome to visit the museum while the forum is taking place by paying admission at our discounted group rates. Please book additional family members through the registration link above. History Center members will be admitted for free.

Homeschool Day at the History Center – The Roaring ’20s

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27
Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Heinz History Center
Grades: All ages welcome
Cost: $8 per person over the age of 5, including adults. | Register

The History Center is hosting a Homeschool Day relating to the American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition. Activities will include an exploration of the exhibit and a variety of activities related to life in the 1920s and 1930s in Pittsburgh. Older students can explore primary sources about the different perspectives people had on Prohibition in this area, and learn about the immigrant groups who were settling in Western Pennsylvania. Younger students can try on our 1920s style clothing for a photo shoot, learn about the many groups of people who were moving to this area, and discover what people did for fun in the 1920s.

History Center members are admitted for free, and should contact Amanda McAllen at to receive the member code before booking.

Fort Pitt Museum Homeschool Programs

If you have questions about Fort Pitt Museum programing, please contact Kathleen Lugarich at

Forks of the Ohio Homeschool Series

February 14: 18th Century Western Pennsylvanian American Indians
March 14: The Mighty Monongahela
April 11: Life at Fort Pitt and Soldier Hike

The Fort Pitt Museum and Point State Park invite homeschool students in in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to participate in a series of in-depth classes related to history and environmental studies. Classes will be both hands-on and minds-on, and will include reading and writing activities, student led discussions, and take-home assignments for students to continue their learning after class.

Cost is $10 per student, per class. For more information, visit each individual class page above. You can register online.

Homeschool Day at the Fort Pitt Museum

The Fort Pitt Museum invites young homeschool students and their families to explore the exhibits through hands-on activities, make and take crafts, and exhibit tours at the next Homeschool Day at the Fort Pitt Museum.

Please note that all students and families are welcome to attend, but activities and tours are better suited for younger learners (Pre-K through 3rd grade).

Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students 6-17. Free for kids under 5 years old. History Center members also receive free admission.

Pre-registration is required. Please register online.