Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
December 22, 2020

Why Women’s History Initiatives Matter

An October post featuring Pittsburgh businesswomen garnered such great response that it deserved a follow up. These efforts remind us why celebrations like the 19th Amendment Centennial need to go forward despite pandemic challenges and why projects such as the History Center’s “Women Forging the Way” initiative and the Smithsonian’s “Because of Her Story” are crucial.

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December 17, 2020

Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

Sixty-five years ago, Dr. Jonas Salk saved countless lives around the world with the development of an effective vaccine for polio.

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December 14, 2020

The Story of a Box of Candles: “A Beautiful Gift of Memory”

In the Chanukah display of the A Very Merry Pittsburgh experience at the Heinz History Center is a box of candles with 120 years of history. The box itself is unremarkable, but a sticker pasted on its backside offers this intriguing note: “These Chanuko Candles are Presented in Loving Memory of Abraham Lippman, President of The Rodef Shalom Congregation from 1889 to 1910.”

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November 16, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The History Center Museum Shop has Pittsburgh-proud gifts for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season! All purchases help support the work of the Smithsonian-affiliated History Center and its family of museums. Check out our top 10 picks this holiday season!

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October 30, 2020

Pittsburgh’s Nearly Lost Gothic Tale

In mid-October 1845, as the city climbed out of the fire’s devastation, the Pittsburgh Post announced a new upcoming novel, “The Smoky City – A Tale of Crime.” Anticipated for early December release, the book would become one of Pittsburgh’s most famous “lost” works.

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