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 third 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.

Civic Season 2023 Programs

Guided Tour: "African American Impact: Western Pennsylvania and Beyond”

Discover the achievements of African Americans in medicine, journalism, the arts, activism, and during World War II in the Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation exhibition on June 17. 

Guided Tour: "Beyond Adversity"

Learn about the African American experience through Pittsburgh’s role in the abolition movement, the Underground Railroad, Pittsburgh’s groundbreaking jazz scene, and sports teams during a free, guided tour on June 24.

USCIS Naturalization Ceremony

The History Center and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome new U.S. citizens during a special Naturalization Ceremony on June 27. 

Crossroads of the World: The Impact of Urban Renewal Then and Now

Join the History Center’s African American Program for a panel conversation on urban renewal in the Hill District on June 27. Local leaders will discuss how redevelopment has shaped the community’s past, present, and future.  

Guided Tour: George Washington in Western Pennsylvania

Museum docents will lead a special tour of Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation and Clash of Empires exhibitions to discuss George Washington’s Pittsburgh and Western Pa. connections on July 1. 

Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the spirit of America with historical demonstrations and period games at Meadowcroft’s 18th-century frontier area and 19th-century rural village on July 2.  

Pittsburgh: A Civic Legacy

Reflect upon the civic legacy of Pittsburgh and find objects in the museum relating to civics and democracy on July 4. Examine past campaign buttons in the History Center’s collection and design your own button inspired by your vision for democracy.  

Fourth at the Fort

Join the Fort Pitt Museum for its annual Fourth at the Fort event in Point State Park on July 4. At 1 p.m., Fort Pitt Museum staff, scouts, and local veterans will help kick off the Fourth of July holiday by raising a 36-foot American flag.  


The Negro Motorist Green Book

The Negro Motorist Green Book exhibition, presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and award-winning author Candacy Taylor, offers an immersive look at the reality of travel for African Americans in mid-century America and how the annual guide served as an indispensable resource for the nation’s rising Black middle class. The exhibition is on view through Aug. 13, 2023.  

Wars of Empire and Liberty

The History Center is partnering with the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia to showcase a new exhibition, Wars of Empire and Liberty, featuring the revolutionary art of Don Troiani. The exhibition, which opens in the museum’s fifth floor Barensfeld Gallery on Saturday, July 1, will include more than 25 original works of art along with rare objects from the History Center’s collection. 

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

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.