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September 16, 2020

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Columbus?

On Oct. 12, 1958, a monument of explorer Christopher Columbus was unveiled to the public in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. This event marked the first of many bicentennial festivities celebrating the city’s 1758 founding when a twenty-something George Washington helped establish Fort Pitt.  Fast forward more than 60 years later – our society is engaged in debates about symbols in America, their meaning and public display. Symbols are subjective and their interpretation can be influenced by personal experience. Symbols are especially complicated when they are made in the image of a historical figure. Columbus is one such case. Is it possible to both publicly laud and protest the same person? This is where we find ourselves today. But how did we get here? 

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June 8, 2020

From the Author: New Italian American Collection Book

Thirty years ago, the Senator John Heinz History Center embarked on a mission to preserve and interpret the history of Italian migrants that settled in Western Pennsylvania.

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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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