VOLUME 23 • NO. 3 • WINTER 2015
MAKING HISTORY The Newsletter of the Senator John Heinz History Center In Association with the Smithsonian Institution
There’s Something for Everyone at the History Center IN THIS ISSUE
Ketch-Up with the New Heinz Exhibition
We Can Do It! WWII Exhibition Poster
It’s a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh!
Histor-E: Visit the NEW History Center Website
23rd Annual History Makers Award Dinner
Detre Library & Archives Genealogy Programs
This winter, explore all six floors of the Senator John Heinz History Center and connect with Western Pennsylvania’s incredible history. MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD
Recently, the History Center unveiled a new long-term display honoring one of the most iconic children’s television programs of all time, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Exhibited inside the History Center’s Special Collections Gallery, located in the Sigo Falk Collections Center, visitors can enjoy the largest collection of original items from the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” television set on public view. Highlights from the “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” installation include the Great Oak Tree, King Friday XIII’s Castle, Mr. McFeely’s “Speedy Delivery” tricycle, a life-like figure of Mister Rogers, and much more.
Also on the History Center’s fourth floor is Heinz, the museum’s newest long-term exhibition. Visitors are encouraged to discover how the Heinz family business began with eightyear-old Henry John Heinz selling produce from his mother’s garden in Sharpsburg and grew to a worldwide company with more than 5,700 products in 200 countries around the world. Featuring the largest collection of Heinz company artifacts and archival materials in the world, the Heinz exhibit includes innovative displays and touchscreen interactives on the history of Heinz, an iconic Heinz pickle pin display, and much more.
PITTSBURGH: A TRADITION OF INNOVATION
Just as H.J. Heinz revolutionized the food industry and Mister Rogers transformed children’s television, visitors to the History Center can enjoy hundreds of world-changing innovations as part of the long-term exhibition, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation. From steel and energy innovations to the advances made in medicine, robotics, and education, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation uncovers the innovators that have shaped this region’s unique history and made an enormous impact around the world.
WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA SPORTS MUSEUM
Also on the second floor is the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a unique museum-within-a-museum that encourages fans to relive the spinetingling moments and championship athletes across the spectrum of sports. Spanning boxing to baseball and the sandlots to the professional leagues, the Sports Museum includes a stunning collection of sports artifacts and more than 70 interactive activities throughout the two-story, 20,000-square-foot museum. Fans can relive the greatest moments – the Immaculate Reception, the Home Run, Olympic gold, Super Bowls, and Stanley Cups – from some of the finest athletes to ever play the game.
There’s always more to see at the History Center. From Slavery to Freedom chronicles the history of African Americans in our region, a journey that begins in 18th century Africa and continues through 21st century Western Pennsylvania. The Special Collections Gallery, located in the Sigo Falk Collections Center, features the neighborhoods and ethnic groups that define our region through thousands of objects documenting the heritage of the people who live here. Clash of Empires explores the dramatic story of the French & Indian War and its impact in American history. For more information, please visit our website at www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
The History Center is proud to celebrate 15 years as an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The History Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (age 62+), $6 for youth (age 6-17), and free for children (age 5 and under) and History Center members. For more details, visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
APRIL 25, 2015 � JANUARY 4, 2016
We Can Do It! Exhibition Explores Western Pennsylvania’s Impact During World War II
Onward! Traveling Civil War Exhibit Marches On
This spring, the History Center will premiere We Can Do It! WWII, a major exhibition showcasing how Pittsburgh affected World War II – and the war affected our region.
The History Center’s traveling exhibition, The Civil War in Pennsylvania, created in partnership with Pennsylvania Civil War 150, has visited more than 20 History Center Affiliate Program sites over the past three years and will visit several additional sites in 2015. The exhibit features four life-like museum figures, plus a companion “Dog Jack,” along with artifacts, previously unseen photographs, and large museum panels describing Pennsylvania’s contributions to the Civil War. The Civil War in Pennsylvania traveling exhibit is presented by Peoples Natural Gas and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Enjoy the tear-out exhibit poster on page 2! Set to open on April 25, We Can Do It! will focus on Western Pennsylvania’s incredible impact on the home, industrial, and battle fronts during WWII. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit will explore the development of the Jeep, produced by the American Bantam Car Company in Butler, Pa., and reveal the stories behind real-life “Rosie the Riveters” and local Tuskegee Airmen whose contributions helped to turn the tide of the war. Featuring three Jeeps, dozens of rare artifacts, interactive displays, and immersive museum settings, We Can Do It! will bring the 1940s to life as the nation commemorates the 75th anniversary of the start of WWII. Life-like figures of local heroes George C. Marshall, Tuskegee Airman Carl Woods, Iwo Jima legend Michael Strank, and Rosie the Riveter will help to personalize the story of WWII as visitors also learn about the important contributions of local companies such as U.S. Steel, Westinghouse, MSA, Dravo, and others. The History Center is partnering with several institutions to develop the exhibit, including the Smithsonian Institution, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Soldiers and Sailors Museum, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, Veteran’s Voices, Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival, and more.
Feb. 7 – March 17, 2015: The Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College March 21 – April 28, 2015: Co-hosted by the Donora Historical Society & Donora Public Library at the Donora Public Library So far, the exhibit is sponsored by MSA – The Safety Company, Richard King Mellon Foundation, McCune Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The Bognar Family, Bob and Joan Peirce, UPMC & UPMC Health Plan, ABARTA, Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, Buchanan Ingersol & Rooney, P.C., and Schneider Downs & Co.
The 145-year history of the iconic Pittsburgh-based company is highlighted with unique artifacts, cutting-edge interactive activities, and innovative displays in this new exhibit.
Highlights of the new Heinz exhibit include: • A larger-than-life, 11-foot ketchup bottle comprised of more than 400 individual bottles alongside a display of more than 100 historic bottles that shows the evolution of Heinz products and packaging; • Innovative displays on the history of Heinz and an interactive table focusing on Heinz’s international popularity and most iconic products; • A life-like figure of 10-year-old H.J. Heinz; • Vintage Heinz TV ads from around the world;
In association with the Smithsonian Institution
For more information about The Civil War in Pennsylvania, please contact Jaclyn Esposito at 412-454-6430 or [email protected]
or visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/exhibits.
For more information, contact Leslie Przybylek, curator of history, at 412-454-6427 or [email protected]
For more information, including upcoming public programs, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/exhibits.
Ketch-Up with the New Heinz Exhibition
The Heinz exhibit chronicles the H.J. Heinz Company’s evolution from a small food purveyor into one of the most recognizable international brands. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will discover how the Heinz family business that began in Sharpsburg grew to a worldwide company with more than 5,700 products in 200 countries.
May 1 – Oct. 27, 2015: Bedford County Historical Society
A display of iconic Heinz pickle pins, including the first pin from the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago; Items from former Heinz brand advertising campaigns, such as a 9Lives director’s chair used by Morris the Cat and a life-size costume of StarKist’s Charlie the Tuna; and Never-before-seen artifacts from the History Center’s collection, including H.J. Heinz’s desk set, rare memorabilia, and hundreds of Heinz bottles, along with a hand-written ledger and 1869 recipe book.
For more than 20 years, the History Center has been home to the world’s largest collection of artifacts and archival materials related to Heinz. The History Center gratefully acknowledges the H.J. Heinz Company for its generous support of the exhibit. For more information, photos, and multimedia related to the Heinz exhibit, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/exhibits.
From Slavery to Freedom Online Exhibition Thanks to the generous support of McAuley Ministries, the History Center’s African American Program recently launched a new microsite highlighting the award-winning From Slavery to Freedom exhibition. The long-term exhibit explores the enslavement of Africans and its impact on the American economy, the history of the anti-slavery movement, the Underground Railroad, and the impact of 19th century activism on the modern quest for civil and human rights in Pittsburgh. With insights and research conducted by Samuel W. Black, director of the African American Program, the From Slavery to Freedom microsite features new historical research, images, and audio files that highlight slavery in America, abolitionism, and the modern struggle for freedom. For a more in-depth exploration of 250 years of African American history, visit the new microsite at www.heinzhistorycenter.org/fromslaverytofreedom. For more information, please contact Samuel W. Black at 412-454-6391 or [email protected]
UPCOMING FILM SERIES SCHEDULE
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 • 5:30 p.m. “Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson” Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 • 5:30 p.m. “Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance” The From Slavery to Freedom Film Series screenings, sponsored by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, are open to the public and held at the Homewood Library Auditorium at 7101 Hamilton Ave.
Winter 2015 Making History 3
Keystone of the Frontier
It’s a Hockey Night in Pittsburgh! As the Penguins skate toward another Stanley Cup run, make sure to visit the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum to learn about more than a century of hockey history in Pittsburgh.
Mario Lemieux’s 1991 Stanley Cup jersey.
Although hockey stars Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby have helped to put our region on the international map, Pittsburgh’s hockey tradition dates back more than 120 years.
See artifacts from the greatest players in Penguins’ history, including Mario Lemieux’s skates, Sidney Crosby’s hockey stick, and Ron Francis’ All-Star jersey.
Beginning in 1895, Canadian players rushed to the city during their off season to play first at the Schenley Casino and later at the Duquesne Gardens, home of the world’s largest indoor hockey rink. Visitors to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum can learn about the early professional teams who called those venues home, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets, and the Pittsburgh Hornets. Early 20th century stars such as Olympic silver medalist Herb Drury are well represented inside the Sports Museum along with items from the Penguins’ Stanley Cup teams of the 1990s.
Other highlights include Mario Lemieux’s 1991 Stanley Cup jersey and game-used items from today’s stars, including Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Marc-André Fleury. This spring, the Sports Museum will honor the 30th anniversary of his rookie season by unveiling a new life-like museum figure of Mario Lemieux hoisting the Stanley Cup. For more information, stay tuned to www.heinzhistorycenter.org/sports.
Museum Conservation Center Helps Preserve Family Treasures for Future Generations With the recent opening of the Museum Conservation Center, the History Center is one of the first museums in the nation to provide professional conservation services directly to the public. Located behind the History Center at 1221 Penn Ave. in the Strip District, the Museum Conservation Center provides visitors with expert advice on how to preserve their treasures, including works of art, photographs, wedding dresses, furniture, and much more. The facility also connects visitors with conservators should their heirlooms require professional treatment or repair. In addition, a variety of archival-quality storage materials are for sale with instruction on how to protect your items. The nine-floor LEED Gold Certified Building also houses the History Center’s artifact collection, which includes more than 32,000 artifacts. The new 55,000-square-foot storage space features Smithsonian-quality lighting, temperature, humidity, pest control, and security. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Barb Antel, conservation services manager, at 412-454-6450 or [email protected]
or visit us online at www.heinzhistorycenter.org/ museum-conservation-center.
During the mid-18th century, the contest for control of the lands west of the Appalachian Mountains was far from decided. Among the relative newcomers to the region were Shawnee, Delaware, and Seneca Indians in search of autonomy in the Ohio Country, as well as military representatives from the two most powerful nations in the world: England and France. The clash of these two empires, which began in the backwoods of present day Western Pennsylvania, forever changed the course of world events, had powerful repercussions for Native America, and ultimately inspired 13 rebellious colonies to declare their independence from Great Britain. Explore these momentous events and their impact on our region in the Fort Pitt Museum’s second floor exhibition, Fort Pitt: Keystone of the Frontier. The long-term exhibit features two audio-visual presentations covering both the French & Indian War and the American Revolution, intricate dioramas of the earliest forts at the Point, and numerous artifacts, which help to paint a vivid picture of war, trade, adventure, and diplomacy on the 18th century frontier.
The Fort Pitt Museum is the most affordable familyfriendly cultural experience in the region. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for students and youth ages 6-17. Children under 6 and History Center members get in free. For more information, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/fort-pitt or contact Alan Gutchess at 412-281-9284 or [email protected]
Ice Age Meets the Space Age MUSEUM CONSERVATION CENTER WORKSHOP CALENDAR
A series of upcoming workshops will teach visitors museum-quality techniques for preserving their cherished heirlooms.
Museum Conservation Center Open House
Tuesday, April 7 • 3 – 7 p.m. Enjoy guided tours of the Museum Conservation Center and meet with museum staff to learn best practices on ways to conserve your items. Admission is free and no pre-registration is required.
Stuffed Animal Spa
Thanks to a grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab to incorporate the use of innovative GigaPan technology as part of its First Peoples archaeology curriculum. Originally developed by CMU in partnership with NASA for a space mission to Mars, Meadowcroft will utilize the same GigaPan technology to photograph evidence of prehistoric life. The project, scheduled to launch later this year, will allow Meadowcroft to enhance its on-site educational program experience and to make images and content available to educators anywhere in the world.
Saturday, May 9 • 10 a.m. to noon Make sure your beloved Teddy Bear and Winnie the Pooh stand the test of time with proven conservation techniques from expert Jill deBroff, who will lead a fun and entertaining workshop on how to preserve your childhood stuffed animals.
WWII Shadow Box Talk
Saturday, May 16 • 1 – 3 p.m. In conjunction with the upcoming We Can Do It! WWII exhibition, join military expert Niles Laughner for a unique workshop designed to educate visitors on how to preserve military items through the use of shadow boxes. For more information about upcoming Museum Conservation Center workshops, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.
4 The Newsletter of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Andrew Donovan, Meadowcroft program coordinator, using GigaPan to photograph the Rockshelter excavation. Meadowcroft, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, Pa. in Washington County, is closed for the winter and will reopen on May 2. For more information, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/meadowcroft or call 724-587-3412. 412-454-6000 | www.heinzhistorycenter.org
Histor-E: Visit the NEW History Center Website Whether at home, at work, on your phone, or on your tablet, experience the History Center’s new website, www.heinzhistorycenter.org. Featuring an updated format and design that showcases the breadth and mission of the History Center’s museum system, the new website will become the hub for Western Pennsylvania history content.
New features of the site include: • Engaging multimedia content throughout the site that brings history to life via photos, videos, audio highlights, and more; • Updated exhibit pages with behind-the-scenes information, artifact photo galleries, in-depth historical facts, and more; • A new Learn section that links to the History Center’s vast educational resources for teachers and educators; • An enhanced Facility Rental section highlighting the museum’s diverse and visually stunning event rental options; and • Unprecedented access to 250 years of Western Pennsylvania history. The user-friendly website is updated daily with new historical content, photos, and more, including four recently launched videos that reveal more about the museum system, including the History Center, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, the Fort Pitt Museum, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village. Please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org to watch the videos. Also, stay tuned for the History Center’s new blog to launch this spring at blog.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Museum Shop Has a New Home Online Browse hundreds of unique items that allow you to showcase your Pittsburgh pride at the new, improved online Museum Shop at shop.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Visit shop.heinzhistorycenter.org and enjoy items such as the Mister Rogers Sweater Changing Mug ($13.00).
The online shop features dozens of new products, from Heinz onesies, t-shirts, and charms to Rosie the Riveter socks and posters. Looking for a great selection of local books or classic items from “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood?” Then browse through this fun collection of unique Pittsburgh gifts and collectibles at shop.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Rauh Jewish Archives Launches New Website Generation to Generation: Family Stories Drawn from the Rauh Jewish Archives: www.jewishfamilieshistory.org.
POLLOCK FAMILY PAPERS, 1914-2010, MSS 1031 RAUH JEWISH ARCHIVES AT THE HISTORY CENTER
Samuel Pollock (front center) and his wife Lena Hollander Pollock (center back) opened Pollock’s Department Store shortly after they married in 1914. They had two children, Arthur (standing) and Melvin (in the arms of his grandfather Jacob Hollander). In association with the Smithsonian Institution
The History Center’s Rauh Jewish Archives recently launched a new website, “Generation to Generation: Family Stories Drawn from the Rauh Jewish Archives,” made possible by the generous support of Richard E. Rauh. The new site features thousands of archival photographs, documents, and materials that illustrate the stories of Jewish American families in Western Pa. along with a searchable database of burial records from local Jewish cemeteries. Browse the website today at www.jewishfamilieshistory.org.
Education Station The mission of the History Center is to educate, engage, and inspire with links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a Western Pennsylvania connection. A variety of engaging and meaningful educational opportunities are available throughout the year, including school programs and field trips, programs for preschoolers, badge days for Scouts, continuing education for teachers, an award-winning National History Day program, and much more. Discover the latest educational opportunities below:
Hop into History
Wednesday, March 11 • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 13 • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Hop into a fun exploration of the past as we play and explore together in this monthly hands-on session designed for 2 – 5 year olds and their caregivers. Young children will be transported back in time through music, dance, and games. These lively sessions are led by museum educators and music instructor Lynda Wingerd.
National History Day
Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 15 Hundreds of students throughout the region participate in the annual National History Day competition, presented by Bayer MaterialScience, which encourages middle and high school students to research history in an exciting and creative way.
CLO Performance: The Next Galileo
Wednesday, March 18 • 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. “The Next Galileo” is the story of Gabriella, a shy seventh grade girl from Pittsburgh who, with the help of an enchanted history book, goes on an amazing trip back in time to the classroom of Galileo Galilei. After the performance, students will enjoy a History Center tour that will uncover how Pittsburgh became famous for astronomy. This program is offered free to Title I schools.
Frontier Women’s Day at Fort Pitt Museum
Saturday, March 28 • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania, Fort Pitt Museum will host Frontier Women’s Day on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In honor of Women’s History Month, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts will learn about 18th century women, games, toys, trades, and lifestyles and work on badge activities. Girl Scouts must register by March 2 at www.heinzhistorycenter.org/fort-pitt.
Night at the History Museum: Boy Scouts – Friday, March 27 • 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. Girl Scouts – Friday, April 17 • 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. Scout Jazz Appreciation Day (Badge Day): Saturday, April 18 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The History Center welcomes all levels of Boy and Girl Scouts and works with Scout organizations to offer special programs with group tours, badges, and patch activities. Join us for our Night at the History Museum overnight program and meet figures from Pittsburgh’s past or explore the museum during the day and enjoy Pittsburgh’s music heritage with live jazz performances.
Teacher Professional Development Workshops – Act 48
Thursday, April 30 • 5 – 8:30 p.m. Join History Center educators, curators, and local experts for workshops and educational sessions designed to connect local educators with the museum’s exhibits. For information on education opportunities, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/education or contact Mariruth Leftwich at 412-454-6390 or [email protected]
Winter 2015 Making History 5
23rd Annual History Makers Award Dinner Friday, May 8 • 7:30 – 10 p.m.
©RED LOTUS PHOTOGRAPHY
Modern or Classic. Always Historic.
From small meetings and intimate gatherings to wedding receptions and large corporate celebrations, make your next event truly historic at the History Center. With a variety of room options, a central location, and a top-notch facilities staff, the History Center is eager to host your next event. An exclusive agreement with Common Plea Catering provides award-winning food and beverage service, perfectly catered to events of every size and style. Visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/rentals to create your event and a History Center staff member will be in touch soon. For more information, please contact Maura Minteer at 412-454-6435 or [email protected]
The Pittsburgh chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) recently awarded a 2014 Golden Triangle Award of Honor for the spring 2014 edition of Western Pennsylvania History Magazine.
New Members Mr. & Mrs. Marc Accamando Mr. Richard Ackerman Mr. & Mrs. Mark Ackerman Vishnu Akella Ms. Christine Albaugh Mr. & Mrs. Francis Alim Mr. John Aller Ms. Molly Alvord Ms. Paula M. Andras Rana K. Ansari Ms. Michelle Atenesse Ms. Angela Anthony Mr. Nathan Arabia Mr. Michael Armstrong Mr. James C. Athey Mr. Charles Auth Ms. Denise Badolato Mr. Brian Balonick Ms. Elizabeth M. Bandurski Mr. Charles Banks Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Barnett Mrs. Cynthia Barrett Kilbreth Barton-Rhea Mr. James G. Beaumont Ms. Nancy Bell & Mr. Gary Eck Mr. & Mrs. Phillip A. Biestel Ms. Helen Billak Ms. Sarah R. Bird Mr. & Mrs. Michael Bittner Ms. Adelaide Boedecker Ms. Paula Bohinsky Mr. Bernard Bower Ms. Barbara A. Boylan Mr. Tom Bradley Ms. Jennifer Brenneman Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bricker Mr. Michael Brienza Mr. Andrew Brooks Ms. Linda Brown Mr. Gary Brown & Ms. Jana Conn Ms. Judith Browne Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Burneff Ms. Dorothy Burns Mr. Scott Bush Pat Butler Mr. Josh Butler Ms. Jayne Cain Mr. Vincent Caracciolo Mr. Gus Castro Ms. Mary Casty Ms. Sharon Chepelsky Mr. & Mrs. Dayle Chipps Mr. & Mrs. Tim Christner Ms. Heather A. Chronis Mr. Stephen Cohen Mr. Leonard Conley Mr. & Mrs. Jack Cooper Dr. & Mrs. Frederick W. Crock Mr. & Mrs. James E. Crockard, III Mr. Edward M. Cunningham Mr. Brian Danna Mr. Donald Dazen Mr. Jared Delaney Ms. Sarah Delano & Mr. Michael Marks Ms. Mary DeMars Mrs. Cheryl Demeter Mr. & Mrs. Jeremiah Demme Mr. James R. DiCola Mr. Mark A. DiSabato Mrs. Kerry Drombosky Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Duda Ms. Tiffany Early Mrs. Jacqueline Egan Ms. Mary Lou Einloth Mrs. Lori Elder Mr. & Mrs. Jason Esser Ms. Amy Fahey Mr. Howard Faigen Mr. Ross Farmer Mr. Heath Farquhar & Ms. Amy Tavacido Ms. Christine Fedzen Ms. Dawn M. Field Mr. Jon Finkel & Ms. Michelle Griffith Ms. Rebecca A. Flaherty Ms. Cara Ann Flati Ms. Kate Flewelling Ms. Nancy Foley Mr. & Mrs. Karl Fox Mr. Bernard Z. Friedlander Zaven Gabriel Mr. Daniel J. Gerson
Mr. Mrs. Bruce I. Giammattei Ms. Lindsay Gibson Ms. Anne M. Gorton Mr. Terry Gossard Mr. William Gracey Mr. Michael A. Granne Ms. Julie Greenberg Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Groom Mr. & Mrs. Nick Hanzivasicis Ms. Mary J. Hartner Mrs. Bridget Hartnett Mr. Christopher Heffner Ms. Dana K. Heinze Mr. David Helfrich Ms. Cynthia J. Helzlsouer Mr. Jeff Hertweck Mr. Robert E. Hogue, Jr. Mr. James Holeva Ms. Katherine Holisky Mr. Albert Hopkins Ms. Melanie Houston Mr. Matthew Hoye Mr. Dan Hupp Mr. Joseph Iannetti Ms. Michelle Illuminato Ms. Anne Ingros Ms. Jacki Irvin Ms. Rebecca Jackson Mr. & Mrs. Phil Jacob Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Jahn Mr. Garrett Jockel Mr. David J. John Mr. Robert L. John Ms. Sarina Johnston Ms. Lorraine J. Julius Mr. John Kane Ms. Bonnie Kappert Ms. Nancy Kaufmann Mr. Gary L. Kepplinger Mr. Clarence Koon Mr. & Mrs. David Kramer Mr. William D. Kreiger, III Ms. Denise Laitres Mr. Matthew Lancaster Ms. Bette Landish & Mr. Mark Winer Ms. Nina R. Larsen Mr. Martin Lee Mr. Anthony V. Letizia, Jr. Mr. Mark Lewandowski Mr. Timothy Liebrock Mr. David Lied Mr. & Mrs. Russell Likert Mr. Nathan Lomago Ms. Kim Louis Mr. Mark Lowery Mr. James Lucas Mr. Marty Lukcik Mr. & Mrs. Tom Lusk Ticki Marcketti Mr. & Mrs. Robert Markowski Jean H. Masco Mr. Dennis J. Massengill Mr. & Mrs. Frank Mazeppa Mr. Joseph Mazzotta Mr. Scott R. McBroom Mr. & Mrs. David M. McEvoy The Honorable Cynthia McKnight & Mr. David Hill Mr. David McNaul Ms. Marilyn Meek Ms. Judith Meiksin Ms. Louanne Meinert Mr. Derrick Meiss Mr. John Mellor Mr. Paul Menke Mr. Nathan Menke Mr. David Michener Mr. & Mrs. Robert Micucci Mr. Albert Milavec Ms. Michelle Milinkovic Mr. & Mrs. Dan Miller Ms. Barbara Miller Mr. & Mrs. Gar Misra Ms. Jean Misutka Mr. Anthony Monahan Dr. & Mrs. Robert Monit Mr. David Moore Ms. Sarah Morcos Ms. Nancy Mullen Ms. Barbara E. Muller Ms. Alison Munin Mr. Arthur G. Mustakas Mr. & Mrs. Steve Mutmansky Mr. Bryon Nastasi Mr. & Mrs. Mark Neitznick Ms. Gail L. Newton
Five distinguished Pittsburghers will be recognized for their exceptional contributions to the history of Western Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world as part of the History Center’s 23rd Annual History Makers Award Dinner on Friday, May 8 at the Westin Convention Center. The annual black-tie benefit dinner, chaired by Donald J. Heberle, president of BNY Mellon of Pennsylvania, and Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, president of Citizens Bank for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and presented by BNY Mellon and Citizens Bank, honors outstanding men and women whose achievements, while rooted in Western Pennsylvania, transcend geographical bounds. Proceeds from the 23rd Annual History Makers Award Dinner support the educational programs and exhibitions at the History Center. Past History Maker awardees include Fred Rogers, David McCullough, Willie Stargell, Michael Keaton, Barbara Feldon, and many others. For tickets and more information, please contact Angela Ford at 412-454-6405 or [email protected]
THE 2015 HONOREES INCLUDE: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Margot Bingham Actress, Singer, Songwriter
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY Joseph A. Hardy, III Founder of 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa COMMUNITY SERVICE Alma Speed Fox Former Executive Director of NAACP Pittsburgh Branch; Civil Rights Champion and Community Advocate SCIENCE & INNOVATION Dr. William “Red” Whittaker Fredkin Professor of Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University SPORTS Suzie McConnell Serio Head Coach Women’s Basketball, University of Pittsburgh
The Gift of Time Mr. & Mrs. Greg Nisslys Mr. & Mrs. Mark Nowak Mr. & Mrs. Art Nussbaum Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Nusser Ms. Diana O’Donnell Mr. & Mrs. Aaron W. O’Hern Mr. & Mrs. Ken O’Keefe Mr. Timothy Orman Ms. Elisabeth Paolino Mr. Saul Paransky Mr. Raymond W. Paris, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Jim Patterson Ms. Marlene Pavlik Mr. Wesley Pegden Mr. Steve Pelusi Ms. Coletta Perry & Mr. David Lesondak Ms. Karen Pfeil Ms. Michelle Piccirilli Ms. Jordan Pipkin Ms. Anna D. Porter Mr. David Radonovich Mrs. Frank E. Rath, Jr. Ms. Diana M. Rath Ms. Eileen Ravis Mr. Mark S. Reithmuller Ms. Debbe L. Renner Mr. Dennis Rice & Ms. Joy Shelley Ms. Elena M. Rippel Mr. & Mrs. James Roberts Ms. Amy Rocke Ms. Sharon Rosenfeld & Mr. Jeremy Root Ms. Janet Sacane Ms. Allison Sanders Robin A. Sarno Mr. & Mrs. Terry Schavone Mr. Robert Schenck Mr. George Schohn Mr. Kevin Schombert Mr. Jeffrey Schugar Ms. Christine Scott Ms. Alison Searle Mr. & Mrs. Mark Sevin Ms. Carolyn Seymour Mr. & Mrs. Donald A. Shar Mr. Donald A. Shar Ms. Julie Shebat Ms. Megan Sheesley Mr. Kevin Sheridan Jamie V. Silicki Mr. & Mrs. Charles Simpson Mr. Edward Skoda Mr. Brian Smith Mr. & Mrs. Lester C. Snyder Ms. Phylis Snyder Mrs. Karla Spinelli Mr. Stephen Stallings Mr. Stanley Stavish Mr. Ryan Stout Ms. Laurie Suchko Mr. Brian Sullivan Mr. Todd W. Sutton Ms. Caren Swanson Mr. John M. Sysko Mr. John Taylor Ms. Lynda Thompson Mr. Thomas Thornton Mr. Jerome Troesch Ms. Debra L. Turici Ms. Abby Vanim Ms. Daniele Ventresca Ms. Catherine Waddell Mr. David S. Wagner Mrs. Diane Waldman Mr. Ray Walkowiak Seroun M. Wang Ms. Christy B. Wauzzinski Mr. Jason C. Wehr Mr. & Mrs. Jack Weinstein Ms. Kathleen Werneth Mr. Douglas Weston Mr. & Mrs. John Williams Mr. & Mrs. Charles Willoughby Mr. Robb Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Yurij F. Wowczuk Mr. James Wudarczyk Mr. James Yanosko Mr. & Mrs. Edward W. Yanosko Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Yope Mr. & Mrs. William Zak Mr. Albert W. Zema Mr. Andrew Zentner & Ms. Carrie Andre Mr. Stephen Ziants Ms. Centrella Ziegler Mr. Robert A. Zison
Volunteers play a key role in making the History Center one of the finest cultural organizations in the nation. By donating their time and talents, volunteers assist with nearly every facet of the organization, serving as concierges, docents, researchers, public ambassadors, administrative supporters, and more. To register and learn more about the benefits of being a History Center volunteer, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/volunteer. For additional questions, please contact Sandra Baker, volunteer programs director, at 412-454-6412 or [email protected]
6 The Newsletter of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Volunteers with a wide range of skills and expertise are needed at the History Center, Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, and the Fort Pitt Museum.
Andy Masich (pictured right), chairman of the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, welcomed Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (pictured left) and his family to the State Museum of Pennsylvania as part of the gubernatorial inauguration festivities.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) celebrated their 250th anniversary at the History Center this past fall by sealing a commemorative time capsule that is stored in the History Center’s vaults. Included among the items in the capsule is a group photo from the DAR’s 250th anniversary celebration at Point State Park this summer.
412-454-6000 | www.heinzhistorycenter.org
Friday, March 6 • 7 – 11 p.m.
Named the “Best Dance Party” of 2014 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, History Uncorked features music from local DJs and live bands, food and beverages from Pittsburgh vendors, and the ever-popular silent auction, with an exclusive opportunity to explore the History Center’s exhibits and collections after hours.
Back for its 17th year, History Uncorked: We Can Do It! presented by BNY Mellon, will feature a 1940s theme in anticipation of the History Center’s upcoming exhibition, We Can Do It! WWII, which opens later this spring. Along with History Uncorked co-chairs, Nicholas and Kelly Kennedy, the History Center invites all guests 21 and older to experience one of the city’s most popular events and the premier party for young professionals. To purchase tickets, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events. For more information, please contact Angela Ford at 412-454-6405 or [email protected]
General admission tickets are $57 each in advance or $75 each at the door. VIP tickets are $100 each. All proceeds benefit the History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.
“Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” on KDKA-TV Tune in to KDKA-TV for the seventh season of “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures.” The 30-minute special programs highlight collectibles, heirlooms, and other prized possessions that History Center members and visitors brought for appraisals at a one-day event at the museum last summer.
“Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” will amaze you with all the regional history, personal stories, and surprising discoveries you’ve come to expect. Hosted by KDKA’s Ken Rice and History Center President and CEO Andy Masich, the monthly series airs on KDKA-TV on select Mondays.
(All shows air Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on KDKA-TV): • March 30, 2015 • June 15, 2015 • April 20, 2015 • July 13, 2015 • May 18, 2015 For more information, please visit us online at www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.
Detre Library & Archives Genealogy Programs Discover the best ways to research your family history as part of three special genealogy programs offered in the History Center’s Detre Library & Archives.
Sunday, March 22 • 1:00 p.m. The Detre Library & Archives’ annual Genealogy Programs will include a program focused on researching Jewish family roots in the Rauh Jewish Archives. This program includes a personal introduction to working with archival material and an opportunity to discover ways to dramatically expand knowledge about your family’s history.
Monday, March 23 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will present a seminar on Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy. The Foundation is one of Ireland’s foremost genealogy research organizations and publishing houses. The event is presented in partnership with the Westmoreland County Historical Society. Pre-registration for these genealogy programs is required. To RSVP, please contact Sierra Green at 412-454-6361 or [email protected]
Stay tuned to www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.
The Rauh Jewish Archives recently partnered with the Rodef Shalom Congregation Archives and the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program to host an open house at the Detre Library & Archives in honor of Richard Rauh titled, “Jewish Life in Western Pennsylvania: Exploring the Archives.”
Vintage Pittsburgh Saturday, May 9 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Pittsburgh history in style at the History Center’s third annual Vintage Pittsburgh event, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer. Shop ’til you drop with more than 30 local vendors selling genuine vintage fashion, accessories, housewares, vinyl, home décor, artwork, books, toys, small furniture, and collectibles. Then, check out the History Center’s six floors of exhibition space to explore how the past influences the present, including the We Can Do It! WWII exhibition.
Step back in time at the third annual Vintage Pittsburgh event – where everything old is new again. Browse funky vintage finds from 30 local vendors.
For more information, please visit us online at www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events or contact Sandra Smith at 412-454-6393 or [email protected]
New Library & Archives Accessions Kenneth Bauer: F.J. Bauer Company Records and Photographs. Suzanne Broughton: Philip S. Broughton Papers. John Cigna: John Cigna Papers and Photographs. Sigo Falk: Falk Foundation Records. Rebecca Litman: Litman Family Papers and Photographs. Daniel Loht: Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Films. Michael Melnick: Congregation Cneseth Israel Records. Milton Radman: Beth Israel Congregation (Latrobe, Pa.) Records. Virginia Smith: William E. Metz Ice Company Records and Photographs. Kathleen Rooney Sokolowski: Dan Rooney’s Café & Bar Photograph and Deed. Gloria Wolak: Klavon Pharmacy and Ice Cream Parlor Records and Photographs. Joan Zelkowicz: Pittsburgh Concert Society Records. Terri Blanchette: Arena Remembering the Igloo. The Bloom Family: Hillel yearbook 1971. Field Gather: America’s covered bridges. Mary Jones: Highlander (Peabody) 1993-1995. Bill Kolano: Collector’s encyclopedia of milk glass. Frederick Parker: Westinghouse East Pittsburgh Division’ 75th Anniversary. Katherine Plotnicar: Pittsburgh traffic code, 1938. Police Historical Society: Police Cars. Dick Price: The Torch, 1948-1950 (Dormont High School). Luke Ravenstahl: A survey of unemployed steelworkers in the Mon Valley. James B. Richardson: The archaeology of French & Indian War frontier forts. Joy Richardson: Iron and steel works of the world, 8th ed.
Saturday, June 27 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Museum Collections The History Center will celebrate the region’s passion for food at the fourth annual Hometown– Homegrown™, a fun and flavorful food expo presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh®.
Visitors can sample a delicious assortment of foods from nearly 40 local vendors representing the best of the ‘Burgh’s neighborhoods. Throughout the day, the History Center’s Weisbrod Kitchen Classroom will host special cooking demonstrations with local culinary experts. In association with the Smithsonian Institution
The event will include activities throughout five floors of the History Center, including more than 40 local food vendors, fitness activities in the SmartSteps exhibition, a cookbook exchange, and much more. All Hometown–Homegrown activities and food samples are free for History Center members and included with regular admission for non-members. For more information and updates on participating food vendors, please visit us online at www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.
AARP, Civic Center Chapter No. 2469: Two AARP buttons. Gary Adams: Pittsburgh Maulers material and 1990 NHL All Star-Game material. Anthony, Jr. & Elizabeth Antonucci: Scissor sharpener (Ammolaforbice), hand bell, and tool. Harry G. Archer: A tuning fork found on the battlefield at Gettysburg. Butler Area Public Library: Gavel used at the United Mercantile Company of Pittsburgh. Anne Connor: Wear-ever gas candles with box. Marcie J. Connors: Steelerette pom-poms. Joseph Costanzo Jr.: Sign, china plate, house wine, house salad dressing, light blue jacket, promotional matchbook, coffee, mug, drink chips, and waitress apron from The Primadonna Restaurant, and boxing glove signed by Paul Spadafora. Carol Goldstein: Patent model for a street lamp, c. 1878. Suzy Gotliko: McKees Rocks Maennerchor ribbon. Julius Jones: Banners, ribbon, and Heinz Field commemorative piece. James Kubus: Bricks from Duquesne Gardens and a Pittsburgh Hornets banner. Elaine Linkenheimer: A Clark Bar box. Betsy Martin: Wedding dress and spoon from the Schenley Hotel. Louis Jr. & Theresa Minutello: Drink chips from Minutello’s Restaurant & Lounge. Joseph Pegnato: Artifacts related to Joseph Pegnato’s prolific career as juggling superstar Bobby Jule. Marya Pendro-Thomson: Clothing, love beads, and badge. Laurence J. Prezioso: Dapper Dan Roundball Classic bag from the 1968 competition. Harry L. Richey: A Civil War field desk used by Captain Hugh A. Ayers of Butler, Pa. Robert Savino: A hand-embroidered fabric processional banner from the San Donato Mutual Beneficial Association of Altoona, Pa. used during the feast of Saint Donato. Rick Sebak: Westinghouse Fiesta television and radio with instruction booklet. Emilie Staisey: Courtroom signs, campaign bumper stickers, campaign matchbook, badge, and braille tool (stylus and slate). Rick Tomazin: Auto show posters. George Westinghouse IV: A collection of objects related to the Westinghouse family. Thomas Wilson: Oil painting of an unknown woman by Austin C. Wooster. Sally Wingenroth: Mine Safety Appliance goggles and case owned and used by the donor’s father. Gerald Ziskind: A collection of WWII insignia patches and ribbon insignia, Pittsburgh High School, Department of Hygiene medals, and a political armband that documents the Ziskind family.
Winter 2015 Making History 7
Senator John Heinz History Center Board of Trustees William M. Lambert Chairman, Board of Trustees Beverlynn Elliott Vice Chair, Board of Trustees Joe W. Trotter, Jr., Ph.D. Vice Chair, Board of Trustees Alvaro Garcia-Tunon Treasurer, Board of Trustees Paul O’Neill, Jr., Secretary, Board of Trustees Andrew E. Masich, President & CEO, Senator John Heinz History Center Arthur L. Baldwin Susie Barbour David E. Barensfeld Charles W. Bitzer Nadine E. Bognar J. Bracken Burns, Sr. Robert Cindrich Steven H. Cohen Dr. Verna Corey, ScD The Honorable Jay Costa, Jr. The Honorable Frank Dermody The Honorable Brian L. Ellis Laura Ellsworth The Honorable D. Mike Fisher The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald Daniel Fitzpatrick Shawn Fox Floyd “Chip” Ganassi, Jr. Stan Geier Laurence Glasco, Ph.D. Chuck Hammel Donald J. Heberle Diane Holder Judy Linaburg Catherine Loevner Gerald F. MacCleary James C. Martin, Esq. Tom McMillan
Sandy Mellon Daniel Onorato The Honorable William Peduto Robert N. Peirce, Jr., Esq. Jack B. Piatt Robert P. Randall Art Rooney II Dan D. Sandman Lynne Schmidt The Honorable Matthew Smith Margaret Snavely Carol Semple Thompson Stephen R. Tritch H. Woodruff Turner, Esq. Mike Wagner The Honorable Kim Ward Dennis A. Watson Bruce Wiegand Dennis Yablonsky Anne Zacharias
A Program of the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania 1212 Smallman Street Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4200
Emeritus Trustees & Honorary Trustees Robert Barensfeld John F. Bitzer, Jr. Frank V. Cahouet Joseph Calihan John P. Davis, Jr. Sigo Falk Franco Harris Teresa Heinz* Torrence Hunt Maxwell King William C. King Robert B. Knutson* The Honorable Frank J. Lucchino David McCullough Martin G. McGuinn The Honorable Tim Murphy Ambassador Dan Rooney * Honorary Trustee
Making History is the newsletter of the Senator John Heinz History Center. Associates of the History Center include the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, the Thomas & Katherine Detre Library & Archives, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, and Fort Pitt Museum. The History Center operates legally as the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. The History Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and funded in part by the Allegheny Regional Asset District and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Phone: 412-454-6000 • Fax: 412-454-6031 www.heinzhistorycenter.org Ned Schano, Director of Communications Brady Smith, Senior Communications Manager Rachellynn Schoen, Senior Graphic Design Manager Sarah Reck, Web & Social Media Content Manager
© FRED ROGERS COMPANY
Fred Rogers poses with King Friday XIII’s castle on the set of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” now on view at the History Center. Flip over for details.
Calendar of Events Hop into History: Innovation Station
Hop into History: Taming the Tomato
Girl Scouts: Night at the History Museum
Wednesday, March 11 • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. See page 5 for details.
National History Day
Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 15 See page 5 for details.
Wednesday, April 8 • 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. See page 5 for details. Friday, April 17 • 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. See page 5 for details.
Scout Jazz Appreciation Workshop
Saturday, April 18 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See page 5 for details.
Jewish Genealogy Workshop
“Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” on TV
Irish Genealogy Workshop
We Can Do It! WWII Exhibition Opening
Sunday, March 22 • 1:00 p.m. See page 7 for details. Monday, March 23 • 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. See page 7 for details.
See more historic images by liking the Heinz History Center on Facebook – facebook.com/ SenatorJohnHeinzHistoryCenter – and by following us on Instagram – @historycenter.
History Uncorked: We Can Do It! Friday, March 6 • 7 – 11 p.m. See page 7 for details.
Celebrate Pittsburgh’s rich past on Facebook and Instagram each week for #ThrowbackThursday. Better known as #TBT, Throwback Thursday is a global online movement where social media users post images celebrating their past. The History Center shares historic and iconic images of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania every Thursday that are sure to make you feel nostalgic.
Monday, April 20 • 7:30 p.m. See page 7 for details.
Saturday, April 25 • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See page 2 for details.
UPMC SmartSteps Senator John Heinz: A Western Pennsylvania Legacy Kidsburgh (mezzanine) Vintage Vehicles
Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum Discovery Place Rediscovering Lewis & Clark: A Journey with the Rooney Family Prine Collection of Woodworking Planes Outdoor Advertising
Boy Scouts: Night at the History Museum
Girl Scout Badge Day
Fort Pitt Museum: Frontier Women’s Day
History Makers Award Dinner
Friday, May 8 • 7:30 – 10 p.m. See page 6 for details.
NEW! Special Collections Gallery (featuring “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”) NEW! Heinz NEW! From Slavery to Freedom NEW! The Post-Gazette Photographers: Best of 2014 NEW! Thornton Oakley’s Pittsburgh (through March 22, 2015) Glass: Shattering Notions
“Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” on TV
Museum Conservation Center Open House
Stuffed Animal Spa
Friday, March 27 • 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. See page 5 for details.
Saturday, March 28 • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See page 5 for details. Monday, March 30 • 7:30 p.m. See page 7 for details.
Tuesday, April 7 • 3 – 7 p.m. See page 4 for details.
Saturday, May 2 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See page 5 for details.
Saturday, May 9 • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See page 7 for details. Saturday, May 9 • 10 a.m. to noon See page 4 for details.
Please visit our website at www.heinzhistorycenter.org for a complete list of upcoming events and detailed exhibition information.
Clash of Empires: The British, French, & Indian War, 1754-1763 Wrought Metal Treasures from the Blum Collection