Andy Masich is President and Chief Executive Officer of the
Senator John Heinz History Center (the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, accredited by the American Association of Museums, and an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution) and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (Pennsylvania’s official history agency, overseeing archives, museums, and historic preservation efforts across the state).
Since 1998, he has directed the nationally acclaimed History Center which, under his leadership, has grown to include the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum; Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village (the oldest site of human habitation in North America) and, most recently, the Fort Pitt Museum. Andy has forged strategic partnerships with the Vatican, the Smithsonian Institution, the Allegheny Conference for Community Development, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, VisitPittsburgh, Neighbors in the Strip (NITS), Boy Scouts of America, Pennsylvania Civil War 150, and many other public and private organizations.
In 2011, Governor Tom Corbett appointed Andy chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. He provides national leadership on the American Association of Museums Accreditation Commission (which accredits the top museums in the U.S.) and is an active member of the American Association for State and Local History. His lively lectures on subjects ranging from the Civil War to American Indians have entertained and educated audiences in the United States and abroad. A recognized authority on the preservation and interpretation of history, he has served as a faculty member of the prestigious Seminar for Historical Administration. Among his popular presentations are “Life-Changing Museums,” “Unknown Stories of the Civil War,” “History of Innovation,” “Young George Washington,” and “Lighten Up!” (humor therapy for museum directors and other humor impaired professionals). He makes regular television appearances on KDKA (CBS), including the popular “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” programs, and WQED (PBS), where he has won Emmys for his historical documentaries. The History Center has been recognized for its award-winning exhibitions and innovative educational programs and innovative exhibitions ranging from Vatican Splendors and Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War to Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation and Smart Steps (exhibits in the stairwells).
He co-authored Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook of Coups and Combat (University Press of Colorado, 1997), a Choice Academic Book of the Year; and Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George (Da Capo Press, 2004), winner of the Colorado Book Award; and wrote The Civil War in Arizona: The Story of the California Volunteers, 1861-1865 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2006), named a Southwest Book of the Year. His most recent book (2007), Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL, a collaboration with Dan Rooney and Dr. David Halaas, was a New York Times bestseller.
Andy holds master’s degrees from the University of Arizona (History/Museum administration), where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and Carnegie Mellon University (History).
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