Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
December 12, 2018

A Few of our Curators’ Favorite Things

We put the question out to the History Center’s curators and archivists: What are your favorite things at the History Center? Which artifacts have captured your interest? What stories do you love to tell? Just in time for the holiday season, we hope you enjoy this look at a few of our curators’ favorite things.

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December 10, 2018

From Westinghouse to Disney: Exploring Pittsburgh Robotics Past and Present

From steel mills to steel robots, Pittsburgh is no stranger to industry. The city’s long history of technological innovation dates back to its early days as America’s steel capital. Today, Pittsburgh is considered a major technology hub and is home to prime tech companies such as Google, Uber, and Intel. Throughout Pittsburgh’s technological journey, robotics has been a continued source of fascination and exploration.

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December 5, 2018

5 Reasons to Visit the History Center This Holiday Season

As family and friends flock to the city this holiday season, there’s only one place to take them for a day of out of this world fun. The Heinz History Center’s interactive exhibitions, engaging programs for all ages, and special holiday treats make it the perfect stop for a uniquely Pittsburgh experience.

Need some convincing? Check out our top five reasons to visit the History Center this season.

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December 3, 2018

West and South from Philadelphia: Early American Powder Horns Made by Horners, Combmakers, & Turners

Today, the rich legacy of powder horns, which make up the vast majority of those produced from Pennsylvania and points south during the 18th and early 19th centuries, has been preserved by a handful of collectors and scholars.

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November 28, 2018

5 Questions with… 19th-Century Schoolmaster Gary Ford

Interpreter Gary Ford, a retired school teacher, spends most of his time as an 1800s schoolmaster inside the one-room schoolhouse in Meadowcroft’s 19th-century village. He also spends time interacting with school groups in the Monongahela Indian Village and dipping candles in the King House. Now that Meadowcroft’s 50th season has ended, we caught up with Ford to learn what it’s like interpreting history for visitors from around the region and around the world.

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