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November 7, 2018

Q&A with Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter

Ruth E. Carter was the first African American costume designer to be nominated for an Oscar in 1992 for her work on “Malcolm X.” She has received Emmy and Academy Award nominations and is the creative force behind the visually stunning fashions in Marvel Studios’ 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther.” We caught up with Carter during a recent visit to the History Center to discuss her work and the African American history she’s brought to life throughout her three-decade career.

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October 17, 2018

Test Your Heinz Knowledge

How well do you know the history of the H.J. Heinz Company? Test your Heinz knowledge and let us know how you did in the comments below!

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September 18, 2018

The Lega Toscana in the 21st Century: A Digital Humanities Case Study

The History Center’s Italian American Program maintains working relationships with a number of partner organizations from Pittsburgh’s vibrant Italian American community. One of our long-standing partnerships is with the University of Pittsburgh’s French & Italian Department. During the 2017-18 academic year, Professor Lina Insana, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh’s French and Italian Department and Chairman Emeritus of the Italian American Advisory Council, offered an Italian translation course utilizing documents from the Italian American Collection as content for transcription and translation. The records of the Lega Toscana di Protezione, a mutual beneficial society for Tuscan immigrants and their families, were selected for their numerous pages of handwritten Italian text and Humanities-rich content.

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