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All-Out for Victory Gardens!

  “Plant a Garden for Victory.” World War II poster by J. Howard Miller, for the Westinghouse War Production Co-Ordinating Committee, probably 1942. Like many Pittsburgh companies, Westinghouse encouraged their workers to participate in the Victory Garden campaign. This poster, made to be displayed in Westinghouse factories, was designed by the same artist who created…

Camp Horne – The Perfect Summer Retreat

  Brochure, “Enjoy Life at Camp Horne,” 1927. George F. Wazenegger Collection, MSS 770, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. Camp Horne was the dream of Albert H. Burchfield, a manager at the Joseph Horne department store and son of one of its founders. In 1907, he and fellow employees began raising funds…

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,…

The James A. Dorsey Story

  For many people, time off from work or school is an opportunity to engage in physical activity, whether it’s hunting and fishing, enjoying swings on a playground, or a pick-up game with friends. Pittsburgher James A. Dorsey had a passion for sports and recreational activities as well, and he devoted his life to sharing…

Reading the Menus

Even before reading the text on one small document, the three satiny bows binding its pages — one red, one white, one blue — suggest that its message might be patriotic. Indeed, the graceful script announces, “Luncheon in honor of The President of the United States given by Henry Clay Frick on Friday, the fourth…

Go Outside and Play!

The History Center supports the NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign, which encourages kids to be active 60 minutes each day. On Saturday, Feb. 6, the History Center will fill all five floors of the museum with activities designed to get the whole family moving, including a mini NFL Combine and a touchdown dance contest. You might…

What’s for Dinner?

“What’s for dinner?” is the eternal lament of housewives and working people. What do you make that pleases every palate, provides needed nutrition, and, ideally, gives you leftovers to get through one more meal? Cookbooks to the rescue. Whether handwritten collections of family favorites or printed volumes, cookbooks are a time honored method for passing…

Food Fights for Freedom

A Guide to Wartime Cooking. Gift of the Heinz Company. World War II brought a host of struggles to those serving on the home front. One that confronted housewives every day was to provide wholesome, nutritious meals for the family while facing an ever increasing list of rationed foods. As men joined the military service,…