Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
January 16, 2019

Wintering in the Ohio Country with James Smith

James Smith’s Indian captivity narrative is a great look into life in the Ohio country in the 1750s. A large portion of his stories revolve around the several winters he lived among his adoptive family. Although where he stayed each winter differs, it echoes other descriptions of life among American Indians in the Ohio country.

January 2, 2019

Forks of the Ohio Homeschool Series

One day a month during the spring and fall of 2018, local homeschool students in fourth through sixth grades participated in classes focused on the history and environment of the Forks of the Ohio River.

December 27, 2018

5 Questions with… Interpreter Sarah Kizina

Sarah Kizina works as an interpreter at Meadowcroft, where she appreciates the chance to help visitors experience history outside of the traditional classroom setting. Interpreters like Kizina help history come to life, allowing for a deeper understanding of history through first-person perspectives.

December 26, 2018

Wait For It: Hamilton in Pittsburgh

The last time Hamilton came to Pittsburgh, he wasn’t quite as popular. In fact, he was arguably one of the most hated men in Western Pennsylvania in the late 1700s, thanks to his liquor tax that sparked the Whiskey Rebellion. As Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” lands in Pittsburgh this January, we’re taking a look at some of the historical connections between Western Pennsylvania and the founding fathers portrayed in this wildly popular musical.

December 24, 2018


Fifty years ago, on December 24, 1968, three Apollo 8 astronauts peered through the small glass window of their command module hatch as they sped around the back side of the Moon. Below them was the cratered gray surface that no human had seen before.