History Makers Award Dinner

Since 1992, the Heinz History Center has honored exceptional individuals whose accomplishments, while rooted here in Western Pennsylvania, transcend geographic bounds. History Makers profoundly contribute to the innovative history and collective heritage of our region and represent a commitment to excellence that has defined our community. The History Center is proud to celebrate such individuals and to share their remarkable stories.

Funding raised from the Award Dinner helps to preserve our regional history for future generations and provide a space where experiences and learning moments for all ages help make memories that last a lifetime. The History Center tells the stories of Western Pennsylvanians whose hard work, innovation, enterprise, creativity, and courage improved the world and still serves to guide and inspire us today. Like our History Makers, we are encouraged (but not surprised) by stories of Pittsburgh’s can-do spirit and kindness. After all—we are home to “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

Congratulations to the 2023 honorees: 


James M. Adovasio, Ph.D.
Director of Archaeology, Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village
Senior Scientist, APTIM


Demetrios (Jim) T. Patrinos
CEO, T. D. Patrinos Painting & Contracting Company
Developer, Owner, & Operator of Primanti Bros. Restaurant & Bar locations (1974-2012)


Loren H. Roth, M.D. MPH
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
Senior Psychiatrist, UPMC-Western Psychiatric Hospital


The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark
President Judge,
Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania

County of Allegheny


The Donahue Family
Federated Hermes, Inc

Nominate a History Maker

Do you know an exceptional individual whose accomplishments, while rooted here in Western Pennsylvania, transcend geographic boundaries? Nominate them to be a History Maker today.