Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
February 13, 2019

Congressman James Fulton: Strong on Space

Pittsburgh doesn’t seem to be an obvious place to be home to one of the most vocal Congressional boosters of American space research. The region was home to Dormont’s long-time congressman James G. Fulton, an ardent advocate for space. Fulton used his position in Congress to bring the space race to Western Pennsylvania, spending the latter half of his 25-year career trying to generate high-tech jobs related to the space program.

February 11, 2019

Apollo on Earth (and in Outer Space)

One might wonder about the connection between the Apollo space program and the town of Apollo, Pa. The simple answer is just the name, but this small town made sure to make the most of that connection.

February 6, 2019

Pittsburgh and the Moon

A commitment to innovation and a willingness to fund new ideas has made Western Pennsylvania a center for innovation. Regional industries supplied settlers going West, armed the Union Army and the Allies of WWII, and left their marks on the built landscape of the nation. Individual and corporate leaders encouraged research and development that fed future technological development. From the Wright brothers to the Apollo mission, new ideas from this region played a crucial role in the country’s technological advancement.

February 1, 2019

5 Can’t-Miss Artifacts at Fort Pitt

Looking for an escape from the cold this winter? Venture through Point State Park to the Fort Pitt Museum for a walk through Pittsburgh history in two floors and 12,000 square feet of exhibits. There’s a lot to see, so we picked the top five artifacts you can’t miss on your next visit to the museum.

January 25, 2019

5 Questions with Interpreter Lisa Maust

Interpreter Lisa Maust took some time to share how her passion for learning and her love of the outdoors come together in her role at Meadowcroft.