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“It’ll Take an Army” Franco’s Italian Army Fifty Years Later

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MGM’s “Words and Music,” 1948: A Holiday Turning Point

During the holiday season of 1948, three well-known performing artists with Western Pennsylvania connections all appeared in the same motion picture: MGM’s movie musical “Words and Music,” a biopic roughly based on the story of the creative partnership of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. For each of the performers—Gene Kelly, Perry Como, and Lena Horne­—the…

Pull Up A Chair at the History Center

  Pittsburgh, known for its many bridges, spirited sports fans, and friendly citizens, wants you to know just how welcomed you are here. There’s a common love for all things Pittsburgh at the History Center, so when our friends at VisitPITTSBURGH launched their new “Pull Up a Chair” campaign, we decided it’s the perfect time…

George Romero’s Undying Legacy

  The bridge before its dismantling in 2015. The Monroeville Mall Bridge Enters the Heinz History Center Collection The Monroeville Mall footbridge holds a special place in the hearts of George A. Romero fans. Of the many Romero sites and props that remain in Southwestern Pa., the bridge is sacred. The bridge, now iconic to…

Becoming American: A Selznick is (Almost) Created in Pittsburgh

  New American citizens are sworn in at a naturalization ceremony at the Senator John Heinz History Center, May 2016. Today is National Citizenship Day. It’s a commemoration that started in 1940, when Congress authorized a day for the public recognition of everyone who had become a citizen of the United States. The original designation…

Immortalizing Forbes Field: MGM Drafts Pittsburgh for Big Film

  Ever wish you could see one last baseball game at Pittsburgh’s historic Forbes Field? Well, the 1951 feature film “Angels in the Outfield” offers the next best option. The lighthearted movie, filmed on-location in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, tells the story of a fictitious manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates who changes his blasphemous…

Lois Weber, First American Woman Film Director

The Pittsburgh region has been home to many remarkable women over the years, including journalist Nellie Bly, abolitionist Jane Grey Swisshelm, and environmentalist Rachel Carson. But there’s another one you may not have heard of: Lois Weber. Weber was America’s first woman film director. Born on Federal Street in Allegheny City in 1879, Florence Lois…