Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
May 9, 2018

Who’s the Tom Tucker on your Mint Ginger Ale?

Pittsburghers love quirky traditions, so when cruising the soda pop aisle in local stores, you’re bound to see green bottles of Tom Tucker Mint Ginger Ale squeezed between the major brands. The logo of a dapper man in top hat and bow tie has been smiling back at us for nearly 90 years from pop bottle labels and painted wall signs—but whose face is it?

May 2, 2018

5 Reasons to Visit Meadowcroft This Season

Those long, warm summer days are fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start planning your summer adventures. If you’re searching for outdoor fun for the whole family, look no further than Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, in Avella, Washington County. Need some convincing? Check out our top five reasons to visit Meadowcroft this year.

April 27, 2018

Have a Historic Summer at the Fort Pitt Museum

The Fort Pitt Museum is gearing up for a summer season jam-packed with living history demonstrations, educational programs, and opportunities to get outside and enjoy the sunshine in Point State Park.

April 26, 2018

Pretzels and Prohibition: The Tangled Fate of the “German Biscuit”

Some foods just go well with beer. Of all the bar treats linked to the rise and fall of the American saloon, none played so public a role as the pretzel. In honor of National Pretzel Day, here’s a look back at how the pretzel became a player in the drama that led to Prohibition.

April 25, 2018

Making Meadowcroft: Camp Meadowcroft

Creating a museum in rural Washington County that has lasted five decades took an enormous effort from Albert and Delvin Miller. Much of the legwork for such a task began with Camp Meadowcroft, which welcomed scouts and groups for overnight visits. The camp, which would eventually become the museum we know today, began as a parcel of coal stripped land.