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Pop Positive: The Art of Burton Morris

  Burton Morris in cast, age 3, 1967. Burton Morris Collection. Pittsburgh born and trained artist Burton Morris makes the ordinary extraordinary, animating everyday objects to create symbolic statements about popular culture and our times. For almost three decades, Morris has invited us to see the world in a new way – painting with a…

Treatment of the Portrait Miniature of Ebenezer Denny

  This blog was originally posted at Art Conservation Etc. The original post can be found online here. Thank you to the following contributors: Ana Alba, Alba Art Conservation LLC; Nicole Lauletta, Registrar at the Heinz History Center; and Rhonda Wozniak, Rhonda Wozniak Objects Conservator. Before treatment, with case. Gift of Louise E. Denny Barnes,…

Bells Across Pennsylvania Day

  The Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association is encouraging all residents and houses of worship to ring bells for three minutes at 7 p.m. on May 3, 2020, to recognize those on the frontlines battling COVID-19, to show solidarity with elected officials and governments in this effort, and to demonstrate resolve that we will prevail in…

“Lifting as we climb”: The Aurora Reading Club Records

  The Aurora Reading Club celebrating its 90th anniversary in 1984. Aurora Reading Club Records, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. “Lifting as we climb” means to encourage and provide for others while making one’s way in the world It is what Pittsburgh’s Aurora Reading Club did at its founding in 1894 and…

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…

Heinz: Bottles and Product Labels and Advertising Cards

  The following post is an excerpt from the new book, 57 Servings From the Heinz Table, by History Center curator Emily Ruby. You can purchase the book from our museum shop or online. Heinz mincemeat, catalog illustration, 1895. From the H.J. Heinz Company Records, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Bottles and…

Heinz Pier and the World’s Fairs

  The following post is an excerpt from the new book, 57 Servings From the Heinz Table, by History Center curator Emily Ruby. You can purchase the book from our museum shop or online. Heinz pier, 1929. From the H.J. Heinz Company Photographs, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Heinz Pier When H.J.…

Heinz: First Products and an Innovative Factory

  The following post is an excerpt from the new book, 57 Servings From the Heinz Table, by History Center curator Emily Ruby. You can purchase the book from our museum shop or online. Evaporated horseradish, catalog illustration, 1895. Heinz’s first product would have been grated horseradish, but by 1895 the company also offered evaporated…

Heinz: Mottoes and 57 Varieties

  The following post is an excerpt from the new book, 57 Servings From the Heinz Table, by History Center curator Emily Ruby. You can purchase the book from our museum shop or online. Mottoes Heinz credited his mother for his strong faith and work ethic, and for his love of motivational proverbs and aphorisms…