Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
August 12, 2022

David McCullough (1933-2022)

When he was young, David McCullough couldn’t decide if he would be a painter, an actor, an architect, or a writer. Eventually, he did it all. And he did it with a style and passion that engaged and inspired generations of Americans. Growing up in Pittsburgh, his father nightly regaled David and his three brothers […]

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August 5, 2022

Sisters in Song: Musical Sister Acts in Pittsburgh’s History

In the 1940s, three sisters, Barbara, Elaine, and Shirley, sang their way through programs on KDKA radio and toured the country selling war bonds. Known as the Kinder Sisters, these women were one of many sister musical acts that have captivated audiences throughout Pittsburgh’s history. These sister groups were not only hugely popular, they also […]

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August 5, 2022

The 50th Anniversary of Josh Gibson’s Hall of Fame Induction, 1972-2022

A plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame credits Negro League slugger Josh Gibson with “almost 800 home runs,” earning him his popular nickname the “Black Babe Ruth.” Considered the greatest slugger in Negro League history, perhaps it is more fulfilling to call Babe Ruth the “White Josh Gibson.”

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July 28, 2022

Pittsburgh’s John Kane: Coming to America

When my stepfather sent for me, I didn’t want to go to America. I was doing well in my own country and was becoming more and more in love with Scotland all the time. But Mother thought I ought to go.… And accordingly, I went.  The son of Irish Catholic parents, John Cain (later Kane) […]

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June 23, 2022

Gustav’s Dream: Local Brewer Finds New Opportunity Post-Prohibition

The Heinz History Center’s newest exhibition, Pittsburgh’s John Kane: The Life & Art of an American Workman, explores the story of a man who found artistic success late in life. But what if you had a career that you enjoyed since you were young, and it was taken from you? How would you feel if […]

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