The Civic Season

The Heinz History Center is inviting young people in Western Pa. to share and celebrate what they stand for as part of the second annual Civic Season, held in partnership with the Made By Us coalition.

Beginning on Juneteenth (June 19), and culminating after Independence Day (July 4), the Civic Season will engage young citizens throughout the United States with more than 450 programs and resources, including live events, local and digital volunteering opportunities, educational curriculums, and crowdsourced media projects at more than 100 of nation’s most iconic history museums.

Virtual Offerings

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith virtual exhibition 

The History Center examines the bold experiment to create a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” in its dynamic online exhibition, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith. Developed in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibit showcases the history of how we’ve voted, protested, and engaged with our politics, from the nation’s formation to today. The exhibit was on view at the History Center in 2021.

America 101

The History Center’s involvement in Civic Season and the Made By Us national coalition is an extension of its ongoing civics initiative, America 101, which engages the public to learn American history through public programs, special exhibitions, digital learning tools, and educational curriculum. Through the America 101 initiative, the History Center has hosted the award-winning “Be the Change: 9th Grade Civics Summit” program, U.S. naturalization ceremonies, American flag folding events, and other forums to discuss issues such as civics, government, immigration, and history. 

America 101 is supported by Nimick Forbesway Foundation, Grable Foundation, Jack Buncher Foundation, Charity Randall Foundation, and UPMC. 

The Civic Season is funded thanks to generous support from Maria Carlucci as well as AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, a Mars Wrigley brand.