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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. to 5 p.m. – no admission required! Plus, History Center members enjoy 10% off purchases made online or in-store.  All purchases help support the work…

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 National Portrait Gallery, reminds us of the remarkable national impact of people whose lives have intersected with this region. But the exhibition also challenges us…

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 modern dancer and Allegheny City native Martha Graham. His oil portrait from 1938, currently on display in the Heinz History Center’s Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh:…

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 postpone can be a very emotional and stressful one, as some of these couples have been planning for over a year and counting down the…

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 Jan. 15! The Heinz History Center has more than 600 pieces of headwear in its collection, including hats, helmets, veils, bonnets, garrison caps, religious headwear,…

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 Pittsburgh exhibition. The Heinz History Center is one of my favorite things about living in Pittsburgh. This city and its surrounding region are full of…

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 beautiful day in the neighborhood! The Smithsonian-affiliated History Center is the proud home of the largest collection of original items from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on…

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 Pittsburgh at the History Center, so when our friends at VisitPITTSBURGH launched their new “Pull Up a Chair” campaign, we decided it’s the perfect time…