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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…

5 Toys From Your Childhood That You Might Not Remember

“Lady Lionel” train set In the early 1950s, the Lionel Company had its best years of sales, but by the decade’s end, the company struggled to stay relevant. They produced trains equipped with missile launchers and other space and Cold War-themed accessories. They also created the “Lady Lionel” train set, which came in pastel colors…

The Childhood Toy You Wish You Had

Take a moment and think back to your childhood. What was the one toy you desperately wanted but never received? Maybe you remember flipping through a catalog and circling it every year as part of a wish list. Maybe the commercial’s jingle regularly got stuck in your head. Perhaps the kids down the street had…

Must-See Holiday Highlights at the History Center

This holiday season, visit the History Center to see reminders of holiday traditions past and present. Find the Santa Mural in the homefront section of the We Can Do It: WWII exhibition on the first floor. The image is from a Sixth War Loan parade in East Liberty during the holiday season of 1944, which…

10 Must-Sees at the History Center

Pittsburgh Streetcar #1724 When you step into the History Center’s first floor Great Hall, one of the first things you’ll see is Pittsburgh Streetcar #1724. The streetcar, which was taken out of service in 1988, was saved by the History Center seven years later and underwent a four-month restoration before moving to its current home.…