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Meet Fort Pitt Museum Volunteer Marti Donovan

  The Fort Pitt Museum and its army of dedicated volunteers are dedicated to providing visitors with a rich understanding of the world-changing events that occurred in Western Pennsylvania. From leading tours to bringing 18th-century Pittsburgh to life, our volunteers do it all! We sat down with Marti Donovan to learn more about her experiences…

Forks of the Ohio Homeschool Series

  Students sift through dirt unearthed at Point State Park with state employees to identify the history of the Point through simple archeology. One day a month during the spring and fall of 2018, local homeschool students in fourth through sixth grades participated in classes focused on the history and environment of the Forks of…

The Edible Schoolyard

  In 1996, California restauranteur Alice Waters joined forces with a middle school principal to turn an acre of asphalt into the first Edible Schoolyard. Students in Berkley, Calif., cultivated a love of nature as they learned how to make healthy choices and prepare the fruits and vegetables they grew. During the next two decades,…

Meet the History Center Docent Community

  For National Volunteer Week, Laura Myers, the Audience Engagement Coordinator at the History Center, shares some reflections on our docent program. History Center Larry Woods leading a tour in the #Pixburgh exhibit. In 2017, docents at the Heinz History Center collectively logged 2,147 volunteer hours. As Audience Engagement Coordinator, I have the privilege of…

Behind the Scenes: Night at the History Museum

Have you ever wondered what the History Center is like after the visitors leave? Recently, nearly 150 Girl Scouts and their chaperones discovered first hand at the Night at the History Museum overnight, presented in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania. When the Girl Scouts arrived, they were greeted with some troubling news. You see, every…

The History Center STEAMs Ahead

Pittsburgh Woolslair students reviewing the concepts their classmates shared from a historical empathy activity imagining life without electricity and before reliable train transit. Monique displaying the attribute she identified in herself, being captured by a fellow Manchester Academic Charter School student. See her video online. Pittsburgh’s history includes numerous examples of new ideas and innovations…

What Your Donation Supported at the History Center in 2015

Are you considering making a year-end donation to the Senator John Heinz History Center or have you supported us throughout the year? Thank you! Donors like YOU make it possible for the History Center to create quality exhibitions, offer innovative programs and events, and preserve the history of Western Pennsylvania. As another exciting year comes…

Becoming History Detectives

For 27 days this summer, rising fifth and sixth graders from the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers Academy explored the History Center’s exhibitions and collections with one goal in mind: to become history detectives. By using primary sources from the Detre Library & Archives to explore the story of Kay Gimbus, a Pittsburgher who served…