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Asian American Heritage at the Heinz History Center

  May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To mark the occasion, explore artifacts from the Heinz History Center collection that speak to Asian and Asian American heritage in Western Pennsylvania. You can also check out a previous post that showcased stories highlighted in the wonderful cookie portraits of Pittsburgh artist Jasmine Cho.…

The Heinz Pickle Pin

  In addition to creating one of the world’s largest food companies, H.J. Heinz is remembered for his innovations in advertising and promotion. One of his smallest ideas became one of his most revolutionary: the pickle charm. The H.J. Heinz Company’s grand display at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893. H.J. Heinz Company Photographs, Detre…

Your Ticket to the Inauguration

  For additional presidential inauguration artifacts in the History Center’s collections, please visit The Presidents in Office, an exhibit as part of Google Arts and Culture. Invitation to the presidential inauguration, 1965. Lyndon B. Johnson, MFF 1049 Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Presidential inaugurations are meaningful moments in our country’s political history.…

80th Anniversary of the Jeep

  Rigorous testing at Camp Holabird in Maryland proved that the prototype Bantam Reconnaissance Car could perform like a horse and even tow field artillery over the roughest terrain. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Happy 80th anniversary to the jeep, the tough motorized vehicle manufactured in 1940 by the American Bantam Car Company in…

From the Author: New Italian American Collection Book

  Procession in Taverna, Italy, 1936. Gift of Michael Cosentino. Italian American Collection at the Heinz History Center. Thirty years ago, the Senator John Heinz History Center embarked on a mission to preserve and interpret the history of Italian migrants that settled in Western Pennsylvania. The initiative began at the encouragement of Italian American community…

Nicholas Cresswell’s Journey on the Ohio in 1775

Benjamin Henry Latrobe, View from the Packet Wharf at Frenchtown Looking Down Elk Creek. Though painted years later and many miles to the east, this watercolor provides a good depiction of a round log cabin, the first housing constructed by most settlers in the Ohio Country. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The years…

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 this…

Experiencing History: Collecting Materials Related to the COVID-19 Response in Western Pennsylvania

The Heinz History Center is collecting objects, archival materials (both digital and physical), and web content that reflect the experiences of Western Pennsylvania citizens, officials, organizations, businesses, and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish to preserve these stories and materials so they can be shared for future study and research. Here’s how you can help.  “We will get through this Pittsburgh.” Photo by Carly…

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, 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 unique…