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Matzah, Made in Pittsburgh

  A photograph from the April 24, 1929 edition of the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, showing Radbord and a team of baker packing matzah for Passover deliveries throughout Western Pennsylvania. If you bought a box of matzah for Passover this year, it probably came from the grocery store. And the grocery store probably got it from a…

The Story of a Box of Candles: “A Beautiful Gift of Memory”

In the Chanukah display of the A Very Merry Pittsburgh experience at the Heinz History Center is a box of candles with 120 years of history. The box itself is unremarkable, but a sticker pasted on its backside offers this intriguing note: “These Chanuko Candles are Presented in Loving Memory of Abraham Lippman, President of…

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…

Tuning in the Holidays: Recalling Pittsburgh’s Connections to the TV Holiday Special

  Poster for the 1978 NBC TV showing of “The Stingiest Man in Town,” 1978. Alcoa employees received this as an insert in the company newsletter in November 1978. Aluminum Company of American Collection, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. For kids in the 1960s and 1970s, the Christmas season didn’t really begin…

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…

Gobbling Up Thanksgiving with Pittsburgh Flare

  L.E. Smith Glass Company produced the first glass turkeys in 1943. Capable of holding soup, candy, or even cranberry sauce, this glass bird is an excellent table decoration for the holidays. Gift of L.E. Smith Glass Company. Thanksgiving Day is a time for celebrating with friends and family, but it’s also a national holiday…

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: All Things Pittsburgh

  The History Center Museum Shop is your one-stop shop for uniquely Pittsburgh gifts this holiday season. Featuring timeless classics and quirky gifts, there’s something for everyone on your list. Shop online or visit us in store daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop is open to the public with no admission…

Celebrating National German American Day

  The Crew of Apollo 11, 1969. Both Neil Armstrong (left) and Buzz Aldrin (right) were of partially German ancestry. Courtesy of NASA. What do flight pioneers Amelia Earhart, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong have in common?  How about Pittsburghers H.J. Heinz, Mary Roberts Rhinehart, and Edgar J. Kaufmann? They’re just a few of the…

Relax, Pittsburgh – It’s National Relaxation Day

  Ah summer, when everyone seeks to break their routine and relax. Today might be a better day than usual to do that, since it is officially “National Relaxation Day.” The day was coined by 9-year-old Sean Moeller, an Iowa fourth-grader who decided in August 1985 that “people think too much about working.”[1] Americans have…

Pysanky on Ice

  Traditionally, Ukrainians find time in the week before Easter to create highly decorated eggs or pysanky that celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Pysanky eggs made by Helen Timo on display in the Special Collections gallery. Gift of Timo Family. Pysanky’s origins date back to a time before Christianity when the egg, a symbol of…