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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.…

Why Tell Your Story? A Reflection on October 27

  The following was first published in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle. While browsing the website of a local bookstore this summer, I found a horrifying and frustrating book published in 1987 by Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. It’s called “Every Day Remembrance Day,” and it takes the form of a calendar. For each…

Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act: Paul Dick

  Paul posing with his siblings in the summer of 1954 alongside a road. Left to right: Paul, Alan, Glen, Mary Ellen, and George Dick. Holly and Paul Dick Family Papers and Photographs, MSS 1177, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Until the 1970s, all means of public transportation in Pittsburgh and Allegheny…

Exploring Images of John Brown

  John Brown, by Anton Hohenstein after Martin Lawrence, published by John Smith, lithograph on paper, 1866. Currently on display in the exhibition Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. On July 3, 1859, abolitionist John Brown first arrived in the vicinity of Harper’s…

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…

Lieutenant Paige Comes Home

Portrait of Mitchell Paige, artist unknown, oil on canvas, undated. Paige’s family celebrated their Serbian ancestry and the Serb National Foundation presented Paige with gifts when he returned in 1944. But is it not certain whether this portrait was done during the war years. Gift of the Serb National Foundation. Heinz History Center museum collections.…

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 bold,…

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, Heinz…

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…

“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 continues…