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Colin Powell: A Soul Soldier’s Life

  In 2006, I was busy working on a new exhibit, Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era. The exhibit would go on to win regional, statewide, and national awards and travel to seven American cities from 2008 to 2011. Soul Soldiers was seen by over 450,000 visitors to museums in Chicago, Richmond, Birmingham, Memphis, Cleveland, Dallas, and Philadelphia. It was recognized…

Asian American Heritage at the Heinz History Center

  May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To mark the occasion, explore artifacts from the Heinz History Center collection that speak to Asian and Asian American heritage in Western Pennsylvania. You can also check out a previous post that showcased stories highlighted in the wonderful cookie portraits of Pittsburgh artist Jasmine Cho.…

Can You Name Five Women Artists?

Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has celebrated Women’s History Month with a social media campaign raising awareness of the lives of women artists. The campaign – #5WomenArtists – challenges institutions and individuals to spotlight the stories of women artists by posting about works and people in their collections. The Heinz…

Earthrise

Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts-Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders-held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their…

Getting to the Moon: Photos from NASA

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy set the goal of landing on the Moon in that decade. Apollo 11 launched from Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969, carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Four days later, an estimated 530 million people watched…

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 debated…

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 to…

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, Edible…

Making Meadowcroft: Camp Meadowcroft

This is part one in a series about the making of Meadowcroft. Read part two and part three. On July 28, 1959, the Camp Meadowcroft sign was hung up along the entrance road. On May 5, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village will open for its 50th season. Creating a museum in rural Washington County that…

Pittsburgh’s Santa, George Heid

Kids tuned in to Paul Shannon’s “Adventure Time” each December to see their letters sent by rocket to Santa, played here by Heid. Photo courtesy of Jim Heid. Did you ever send a letter to Santa on Paul Shannon’s “Adventure Time” show? You’d wait every day as a rocket carrying the letters would blast off,…