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“It’ll Take an Army” Franco’s Italian Army Fifty Years Later

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Pittsburgh’s John Kane: A Laborer’s Life

“For I was nineteen when I came to America and then I at once became an American Workman.” -John Kane

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. 

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

  The History Center Museum Shop has Pittsburgh-proud gifts for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season!   Shop online or stop by the Museum Shop daily from 10 a.m.…

Jasmine Cho’s Portraits in Icing

  Please note that these cookie portraits are no longer on display at the museum. Thank you. The Heinz History Center’s current exhibition, Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the…

Martha Graham Inspires Modern Dance in Pittsburgh

  Detail, Martha Graham, by Paul Meltsner, oil on canvas, 1938. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Inspiration takes many forms. American artist Paul Meltsner was fascinated by…

Events Spotlight: Wedding Postponement in the Midst of COVID-19

  Postponing a wedding is a daunting task that most couples never have to do. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a scenario many couples are facing. The decision to…

Hats Off! Celebrating Headwear on National Hat Day

  He wears a miner’s hat she wears a feathered hat he wears an Army hat she wears a hockey hat. Hang onto your hats – National Hat Day is…

Exploring Holiday Culinary Identity, an Intern’s Story

  This post recounts the experience of a History Center curatorial intern as he discovered the meaning of his own cultural heritage through his assistance with the A Very Merry…

It’s a Beautiful Day at the History Center

  The Heinz History Center is home to the largest collection of original items from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on public view. At the Heinz History Center, every day is a…

Pull Up A Chair at the History Center

  Pittsburgh, known for its many bridges, spirited sports fans, and friendly citizens, wants you to know just how welcomed you are here. There’s a common love for all things…