Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
November 16, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The History Center Museum Shop has Pittsburgh-proud gifts for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season! All purchases help support the work of the Smithsonian-affiliated History Center and its family of museums. Check out our top 10 picks this holiday season!

READ MORE
October 30, 2020

Pittsburgh’s Nearly Lost Gothic Tale

In mid-October 1845, as the city climbed out of the fire’s devastation, the Pittsburgh Post announced a new upcoming novel, “The Smoky City – A Tale of Crime.” Anticipated for early December release, the book would become one of Pittsburgh’s most famous “lost” works.

READ MORE
October 23, 2020

Why Tell Your Story? A Reflection on October 27

I suppose I wondered if the day held any omens, and therefore I was stunned to read the following account from October 27, 1905: “A pogrom occurs in Semenovka, Russia. Looting and burning of Jewish property accompanies the slaughter of the Jews—11 are massacred, 11 are gravely wounded.” The same day, the same toll, separated by 113 years and by the wide ocean between the cruel Old World and the promise of North America. What did it mean?

READ MORE
October 20, 2020

Pittsburgh Women in Business: Celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month

In honor of National Women’s Small Business month, here are four more stories of women in business told through the collection of the Heinz History Center:

READ MORE
October 14, 2020

Jasmine Cho’s Portraits in Icing

As part of the ongoing program series for the Portraits of Pittsburgh exhibition, the History Center has been exploring aspects of this challenge in different formats. A recent virtual event presented the incredible creations of Pittsburgh’s own celebrated “cookie portraitist” Jasmine Cho, whose advocacy efforts to raise the profile of Asian American histories has been featured through such national forums. As part of this event, Jasmine selected six Pittsburgh cultural leaders to be featured in her cookie portraits. Keep reading to learn more about them, then stop by the museum to check them out in person!

READ MORE