Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
December 19, 2018

Tuning in the Holidays: Recalling Pittsburgh’s Connections to the TV Holiday Special

For kids in the 1960s and 1970s, the Christmas season didn’t really begin until a new round of holiday television specials made their appearance. December 2018 marks the anniversary of two Rankin/Bass products that are less seen today. “The Little Drummer Boy” debuted 50 years ago in 1968, a religious tale of an orphan whose dying lamb is saved when the lad plays his drum for the newborn baby Jesus. And a rarely aired cartoon from 1978, “The Stingiest Man in Town,” marks its 40th anniversary. In theme and content, both shows connected to the earliest years of the TV holiday special, a history that involved multiple Pittsburgh companies.

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December 12, 2018

A Few of our Curators’ Favorite Things

We put the question out to the History Center’s curators and archivists: What are your favorite things at the History Center? Which artifacts have captured your interest? What stories do you love to tell? Just in time for the holiday season, we hope you enjoy this look at a few of our curators’ favorite things.

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December 10, 2018

From Westinghouse to Disney: Exploring Pittsburgh Robotics Past and Present

From steel mills to steel robots, Pittsburgh is no stranger to industry. The city’s long history of technological innovation dates back to its early days as America’s steel capital. Today, Pittsburgh is considered a major technology hub and is home to prime tech companies such as Google, Uber, and Intel. Throughout Pittsburgh’s technological journey, robotics has been a continued source of fascination and exploration.

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December 5, 2018

5 Reasons to Visit the History Center This Holiday Season

As family and friends flock to the city this holiday season, there’s only one place to take them for a day of out of this world fun. The Heinz History Center’s interactive exhibitions, engaging programs for all ages, and special holiday treats make it the perfect stop for a uniquely Pittsburgh experience.

Need some convincing? Check out our top five reasons to visit the History Center this season.

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December 3, 2018

West and South from Philadelphia: Early American Powder Horns Made by Horners, Combmakers, & Turners

Today, the rich legacy of powder horns, which make up the vast majority of those produced from Pennsylvania and points south during the 18th and early 19th centuries, has been preserved by a handful of collectors and scholars.

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