Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
April 23, 2018

A Remnant from the Final Days of Yiddish Theater in Pittsburgh

Yiddish theater had a peripatetic existence in Pittsburgh before the opening of Lando’s Theatre in October 1928. Visiting companies put on shows wherever they could find space to rent, and audiences followed productions to theaters and halls around the city.

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April 19, 2018

Meet the History Center Docent Community

In 2017, docents at the Heinz History Center collectively logged 2,147 volunteer hours. Unsurprisingly, our docents are passionate about history, but it turns out that what keeps them coming back is being a part of a community of lifelong learners.

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April 18, 2018

In Vino Veritas: The Tradition of Winemaking in the Italian American Home

Like all immigrants, Italians brought their traditional methods of food production with them to their new homes in America. From canning garden-grown vegetables and curing meats to home brewing wine and spirits (think limoncello), the first generation harvested and processed their food in the same manner they would in Italy.

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April 17, 2018

Of Beer and Taxes: Prohibition’s Connection to the National Income Tax

The topic of Prohibition conjures up visions of speakeasies, flappers, jazz, and hidden flasks. But what about income taxes? In addition to the history of the 18th (1919) and 21st Amendments (1933), there’s another amendment that is crucial to the story of Prohibition. The 16th Amendment, ratified in 1913, made it possible for the federal government to establish a nationwide income tax. While we might not wish to contemplate that history as another Tax Day deadline rolls around, it was crucial for the passage of Prohibition.

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March 30, 2018

Pysanky on Ice

Traditionally, Ukrainians find time in the week before Easter to create highly decorated eggs or pysanky that celebrate the resurrection of Christ. In 1992, Lynda Ellis, the grandchild of Ukrainian immigrants, drew on her heritage to share the good luck and positive symbolism of pysanky with her sons' favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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