As the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Heinz History Center is committed to telling the American story and inspiring a community of citizens to explore what it means to be an American.
In partnership with the Smithsonian, the History Center’s America 101 initiative engages the public to learn American history through public programs, special exhibitions, digital learning tools, and educational curriculum. Through the America 101 initiative, the History Center regularly hosts U.S. naturalization ceremonies, special American flag folding events that honor veterans, and other forums to discuss issues such as civics, government, immigration, and history.
America 101 is sponsored by Charity Randall Foundation.
The America 101 App
Could you pass the exam that contains the basic information our government believes all new citizens should know? Use the America 101 app to explore the History Center’s exhibitions, where you can test your knowledge of American history and civics, solve challenges, and create shareable memories.
Upcoming America 101 Events
Women in the Military
Thursday, Dec. 6 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Join the Heinz History Center, the Veterans Breakfast Club, and women veterans for a panel discussion focused on the role of women in the United States Armed Forces and their individual stories of military service.
Flag Folding Ceremonies
On select dates, you are invited to gather in the History Center’s Great Hall for a moving and patriotic flag ceremony. Join local veterans to help to unfurl a giant 36-foot American Flag. Participate in the National Anthem and a moment of silence for those who served our country. Then help to ceremoniously fold the flag with the help of fellow visitors.
Welcome new citizens in a naturalization ceremony, a pivotal milestone in the naturalization process. Guests will watch as immigrants become new U.S. citizens with a welcome by History Center president & CEO, Andy Masich. These ceremonies are presented in partnership with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Check back soon for upcoming naturalization ceremony dates.
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- Prohibition’s Legacy in Pennsylvania
- At the Shirtwaist Ball
- Will You Sign the Pledge?: Francis Murphy and Pittsburgh’s Great Temperance Movement
- The Fabric of America
- Washington, Lincoln, and the Fourth of July in Pennsylvania
- Becoming American: The Rajcan Story
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