Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
February 24, 2021

The Tuskegee Airmen

The 332nd Fighter Group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, became the first African American pilots in the U.S. military. More than 80 of them called Western Pennsylvania home.

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February 10, 2021

The Crawford Grill

The Crawford Grill in Pittsburgh’s Hill District served as the epicenter of jazz music from the 1930s through the 1950s.

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January 27, 2021

The Heinz Pickle Pin

In addition to creating one of the world’s largest food companies, H.J. Heinz is remembered for his innovations in advertising and promotion. One of his smallest ideas became one of his most revolutionary: the pickle charm, now a pickle pin.

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January 19, 2021

Your Ticket to the Inauguration

Presidential inaugurations are meaningful moments in our country’s history. Every four years, Americans watch the transition of power from one elected leader to another. For the outgoing president, the job of a lifetime comes to an end; the responsibilities, successes, failures, and joys of the job end at noon on Inauguration Day. For the president-elect, the stress of the campaign trail, the intensity of Election Day, and weeks of preparation culminate in this moment, when the job of a lifetime is just beginning.

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January 12, 2021

Moishe Oysher: A Legend Comes to Pittsburgh

Like many cities in the Western Hemisphere, the Jewish population of Pittsburgh enjoyed the Yiddish theatre tradition. Among the prominent figures during this period of transition was Moishe Oysher.

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