America 101

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.

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The America 101 App

Upcoming America 101 Events

Should We Bring Back the Draft?
Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Join us for this special panel discussion, presented by the History Center and The Veterans Breakfast Club, convening experts and local veterans to look at all sides of the issue of re-instating the Draft, as well as the history and possible futures of the Draft.

Slay the Gerrymander: Bar Games for Democracy
Friday, July 20, 2018 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Join the History Center and Draw the Lines PA for bar games, food, drinks, and conversation about this serious issue facing civic engagement in Pennsylvania.

Flag Ceremony and Folding

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.

Upcoming Dates

July 4, 2018: Independence Day
Nov. 11, 2018: Veterans Day
Dec. 7, 2018: Pearl Harbor Commemoration
May 27, 2019: Memorial Day
June 14, 2019: Flag Day
July 4, 2019: Independence Day
Sept. 11, 2019: Patriot Day
Nov. 11, 2019: Veterans Day

Naturalization Ceremony

Naturalization Ceremonies

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.

Upcoming Dates

Naturalization Ceremony: August 24, 2018
Naturalization Ceremony: October 12, 2018