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Events Spotlight: Wedding Postponement in the Midst of COVID-19

  Postponing a wedding is a daunting task that most couples never have to do. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a scenario many couples are facing. The decision to postpone can be a very emotional and stressful one, as some of these couples have been planning for over a year and counting down the…

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…

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…

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,…

Top Spots for Kids at the Heinz History Center

  School is over and the kids are home for the summer. There’s no better way to entertain them than by stopping by the Heinz History Center for a day of history-filled fun. Thanks to UPMC, every Sunday in June kids receive free admission to the History Center. Enjoy a day at the History Center…

Inspiring Women in Pittsburgh History

  Western Pennsylvania’s rich history is full of women who broke down barriers and made a lasting impact on the region and the world. Journalist Nellie Bly, conservationist Rachel Carson, jazz legend Mary Lou Williams, and the ever-inspiring character of Rosie the Riveter are just some of the powerful names whose influence extends far beyond…

Congressman James Fulton: Strong on Space

  President Kennedy signs National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Authorizations, July 21, 1961. Congressman Fulton shakes the President’s hand after he signed the funding bill for NASA. Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum; photo by Robert Knudsen. Pittsburgh doesn’t seem to be an obvious place to be home to one of…

A Few of our Curators’ Favorite Things

  In 1961, two years after “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway and four years before the movie was released, Julie Andrews sang the song “My Favorite Things” on a Garry Moore TV holiday special. Couple that with the song’s release on The Jack Jones Christmas Album in 1964, and it became a holiday…

5 Reasons to Visit the History Center This Holiday Season

  As family and friends flock to the city this holiday season, there’s only one place to take them for a day of out of this world fun. The Heinz History Center’s interactive exhibitions, engaging programs for all ages, and special holiday treats make it the perfect stop for a uniquely Pittsburgh experience. Need some…

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…