Volume 17 | No. 3 | Spring 2009
makingHISTORY The Newsletter of the Senator John Heinz History Center
Upcoming Exhibitions Help The History Center Shine History Center By The Numbers
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Number of attendees at History Uncorked 2009.
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resh off an exciting Pittsburgh 250 anniversary celebration, the Senator John Heinz History Center recently announced a compelling schedule of upcoming exhibitions that will keep the museum buzzing for years to come. The outstanding lineup features a variety of blockbuster exhibitions that will complement the History Center’s schedule of upcoming family programs, community-based exhibits, and educational outreach.
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War and Lincoln Slept Here Presented by: PNC Financial Services Group
May 30, 2009 – February 2010
As part of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial in 2009, the History Center will welcome Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a 2,500 square-foot traveling exhibition from The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Set to open on May 30, Lincoln: The Constitution and The Civil War will show how Lincoln’s momentous struggle to save the Union transformed our nation and Constitution. The exhibition will explore several key themes across American history, including whether the states were truly “united,” and how our nation dealt with the issues of slavery and civil liberties for all. The History Center will augment Lincoln: The Constitution and The Civil War with Lincoln’s bed and bedroom set from the Monongahela House, the downtown Pittsburgh hotel that hosted the president-elect en route to his inauguration on Feb. 14, 1861. Using the recently re-discovered Lincoln items from the Monongahela House, the History Center will explore his visit to Pittsburgh on the eve of the
Civil War and the details of Lincoln’s pre-inauguration speech that was intended to soothe the public’s growing fear over a possible war.
Discovering the Real George Washington, A View from Mount Vernon Feb. 12, 2010 – June 2010
This brand new exhibition features highlights from Mount Vernon’s world-class collection of George Washington items, many of which have never traveled outside of Virginia. The History Center will serve as the first venue on a national tour of Discovering the Real George Washington, which celebrates the remarkable story of the first American hero. More than 100 original artifacts owned by, or closely related to, Washington will be on display, including: • The only surviving set of Washington’s wooden dentures; • Firearms and a cannon from the Revolutionary War; • Letters and surveys written by Washington; and • A diverse array of paintings and decorative arts from the Mount Vernon collection. Life-size figures, interactive games and videos will provide visitors with refreshing perspectives on Washington and his family, including his intellectual pursuits, entrepreneurial ventures, and world-changing legacy. The History Center will supplement the exhibit with educational programs for local school students to learn about Washington’s life and his critical role in the formation of Western Pennsylvania during the French & Indian War.
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SPORTS An Immaculate Day
ecently, Steelers legend Franco Harris and History Center president and CEO Andy Masich unveiled a new life-like figure of Harris making the Immaculate Reception that greets fans at the entrance to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Harris signed autographs and took photos with more than 500 visitors as part of the History Center’s “Countdown to Kickoff” leading up to the Steelers’ sixth Super Bowl win. Fans flocking to the Sports Museum that week also enjoyed the Steelers’ 2008 AFC Championship Trophy, Harris’ championship ring from Super Bowl IX, and the actual piece of turf on which he made the famous catch, now on permanent display. To see more photos from Franco Harris’ day at the Sports Museum, please visit the History Center’s Web site at www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
History Center Partners with FSN Pittsburgh
he History Center has partnered with FSN Pittsburgh to produce a series of 30-second sports history segments that will air throughout 2009. Anne Madarasz, director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, takes viewers on a fun look back at famous athletes such as Billy Conn and Chuck Cooper; incredible moments, including Super Bowl IX and Pitt’s Big East Championships; unforgettable teams like Duquense’s 1955 NIT champions, and fabulous firsts like the Steelerettes cheerleaders. The segments began airing on FSN in February and are also available online at www.heinzhistorycenter.org by clicking on the Sports Museum tab.
SP tlight The Wave By: Anne Madarasz, Director of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum Hockey Highlights
ith hockey season in full swing, fans can skate down to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum to cheer on the Penguins. Visitors to the Sports Museum will enjoy an extraordinary collection of Penguins’ artifacts, including game-used jerseys and sticks from past and current stars such as Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, and Marc-Andre Fleury, as well as a display commemorating Ryan Malone’s first career hat trick alongside photos and video highlights from the team’s 1991 and 1992 Stanley Cup championships. Visitors can travel back to the days of the Duquesne Gardens and see items from previous Pittsburgh hockey teams, including the Pittsburgh Hornets, and enjoy a team video narrated by legendary Penguins’ broadcaster Mike Lange. The Sports Museum is the ideal spot for fans to rally the Pens into the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Your Pride. Your Place. Show your hometown pride by autographing a baseball bat, baseball, hockey puck or football for permanent display in the special fan section of the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum. Pay tribute to your favorite sports fan with a plaque on our “Black and Gold Wall” or customize a trading card in our Kaiser Trophy Room. For more information, contact Tara Czekaj at 412-454-6436 or [email protected]
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t’s hard to remember that at one time, there was no Terrible Towel. Charged by station management to find a gimmick to galvanize fans and drive advertising sponsorship for his coverage of the Steelers on WTAE Radio, Myron Cope developed the towel. Originally, Cope asked fans to bring any gold or black towel to Three Rivers Stadium to wave in support of the Steelers. Fans responded by the thousands, waving homemade towels during the playoffs in December 1975. Later that season, WTAE printed about 10 dozen towels as gifts for station sponsors attending Super Bowl X. Ray Gusky, a former salesman for the radio station, recently offered his WTAE towel, the first printed generation of the towel, for display in the Sports Museum. That version had only a one-time use. The following season, Myron Cope inked a deal with Gimbel’s and the Towel as we now know it was born. Cope’s family donated a towel from that original run to the Sports Museum so we now have an example of each of the early towels. The Terrible Towel, still imbued with special powers, reigned supreme at Super Bowl XLIII, still a vital part of the fan experience and the celebration that followed.
Preserve Your History Enjoy the best cultural values in the region. With one membership, you get all the benefits of the History Center and the Smithsonian Institution. All membership levels include free admission to our facilities, new exhibit previews, as well as museum shop discounts, magazine subscriptions, and much more. Membership gifts directly support our exhibitions, public programming, artifacts and archival materials, as well as fascinating and educational publications. We need your help to continue our important work of preserving and protecting our region’s history. Please become a member or give a gift membership today! For more information or to purchase a membership, please contact Tara Czekaj at 412-454-6436 or [email protected]
or purchase a membership online at www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
17th Annual History Makers Award Dinner
n Friday, April 17, the History Center presents the seventeenth annual History Makers Award Dinner at the Westin Convention Center and Hotel. Chaired by Ralph J. Papa, president and CEO of Citizens Bank, and Robert P. Kelly, chairman, president and CEO of BNY Mellon, and presented by Citizens Bank and BNY Mellon, the dinner honors men and women whose achievements, while rooted here in Western Pennsylvania, transcend geographic bounds. This year’s honorees include James E. Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer of PNC Financial Services Corporation, for Business and Industry; Sandra and Seward Prosser Mellon, for Community Service; Stephen W. Graffam and William C. King, founding fathers of the new History Center, for Heritage; Mark A. Nordenberg, chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, for Education; and Joe Greene, former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle, for Sports. For information about event sponsorship and ticket purchases, please contact Amy Kozusko at 412-454-6324 or [email protected]
James E. Rohr
Celebrate Your Memories Commemorate your own personal history or honor a family legacy with a History Center tile, time capsule or rocking chair. These unique items, which are permanently displayed throughout the museum, help to support History Center programs and exhibitions. Please consider making your past a part of our future today. For more information on our commemorative opportunities please contact Tara Czekaj at 412-454-6436 or [email protected]
Stephen W. Graffam and William C. King
Sandra and Seward Prosser Mellon
Mark A. Nordenberg
makingHISTORY Online History Center Launches New Web Site and Online Store
he Senator John Heinz History Center launched a new Web site as part of the museum’s long-term virtual initiatives to provide content related to Western Pennsylvania to a worldwide audience. Redesigned with a fresh and unique look, the new Web site features cutting edge technology and improved, user-friendly navigation. Other features of the new site include: • A new URL – www.heinzhistorycenter.org • Interactive multimedia sections, including videos, audio clips, and photo galleries • Rotating marketing message boards on the homepage highlighting must-see exhibits and events • Links to membership, donate now, contact us, e-store, and E-newsletter sign-ups – on every page In addition, the History Center also launched a newly-designed e-store – www.heinzhistorycenter.org/estore – now fully integrated within the museum’s Web site. Improved navigation allows visitors to shop by merchandise categories or by History Center exhibits. Enhanced online mem-
bership and donation capabilities allow visitors to purchase and renew memberships, and donate online in a few easy clicks. As part of the History Center’s virtual initiatives, the museum also launched several social networking sites, including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The sites have attracted thousands of followers and continue to gain popularity all across the world. Throughout 2009, the History Center will continue to add content to the new Web site, including an interactive blog, virtual exhibition tours, video and audio clips, and much more.
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P I T T S B U R G H :
Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation
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A recreated Crawford Grill is one of several full-scale buildings in the Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation courtyard.
his fall, the History Center opened its new long-term exhibition, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation. Large crowds – including out-of-town visitors, long-time residents and school groups – have welcomed the exhibition throughout the past few months. The two-story exhibition traces Western Pennsylvania’s indelible imprint by featuring the stories of hundreds of people who have made our world a better place. “From Frank Conrad’s first commercial radio station and George Ferris’ amazing revolving wheel to Jonas Salk’s invention of the Polio vaccine and Thomas Starzl’s first successful liver transplant, Pittsburgh has a history of innovation like no other place in the world,” said Andy Masich, president and CEO of the History Center. Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation begins 16,000 years ago at Meadowcroft Rockshelter in Avella, Pa., and takes visitors through George Washington’s first experiences in the French & Indian War, Lewis & Clark’s groundbreaking expedition, and all the way to Pittsburgh’s 21st century role as a leader in medicine, education and robotics. Throughout the 16,000 square-foot exhibition, visitors can:
History comes alive with full-size, life-likefigures of influential Pittsburghers, such as Rosie the Riveter, a WWII Westinghouse worker.
• Enjoy more than 50 hands-on activities and audio-visual displays • Step inside a recreation of Pittsburgh’s premier jazz club, the Crawford Grill, and listen to music from some of our region’s most prominent jazz musicians • See our 250-year history come alive with full-size, life-like recreations of influential Pittsburghers from the past 250 years, including a prehistoric explorer, Queen Aliquippa, Andrew Carnegie, Frank Bolden, and Rosie the Riveter • Witness a movable model of George Ferris’ amazing revolving wheel, showcased as part of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition • Walk through a full-scale recreation of a Pittsburgh streetscape, including a 1790s Scots-Irish log cabin, a 1907 steelworker house from Homestead, Pa., and a 1955 post-World War II suburban home. To learn more about the exhibition, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org. Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation is underwritten by The Buhl Foundation, Bayer Corporation, Colcom Foundation, Hilda M. Willis Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, PPG Industries Foundation, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, United States Steel Corporation, Alcoa Foundation, Allegheny Technologies, American Bridge Company, BNY Mellon, The Hillman Foundation, Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation, Inc., Robert S. Waters Charitable Trust, Wabtec Corporation, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Koppers Industries, Inc., Perlora, The Pittsburgh Foundation, Robert & Mary Weisbrod Foundation, Woodmere Foundation, Artemis Environmental, Citizens Bank Foundation, DHI Remodeling Solutions, Eaton Corporation, Florence Boyer Foundation, Pitt-Des Moines, Inc. Charitable Trust, Rockwell Foundation, and US Floors LLC.
A recreated version of Westinghouse’s seven-foot-tall robot Elektro the Moto-Man and his dog Sparko, made famous at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
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Lifelike figures such as Andrew Carnegie greet visitors throughout Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation.
Visitors can interact with a “virtual” George Westinghouse as part of a state-of-the-art touchscreen interactive – created in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University’s Education Technology Center – by asking more than 200 questions about Westinghouse’s amazing life.
By George! It’s a Family Reunion
More than 30 members of the Westinghouse family gathered at the History Center this fall for a family reunion at the History Center. Coinciding with the opening of the History Center’s new, long-term exhibition Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation, the reunion attracted visitors from across the United States, including Georgia, Illinois, and Washington, as well as from around the world, with family members from Austria, Italy, and New Zealand. The family was delighted with the exhibit, which features family patriarch George Westinghouse as one of Western Pennsylvania’s most influential innovators.
Meadowcroft Students Enjoy Hands-On History With Meadowcroft Field Trips
t’s been said that students learn best from experience, and that’s the concept behind the new Woodland Encounters educational program at Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life. Educators at Meadowcroft provide student groups with an outof-the-classroom experience in a setting that allows them to engage all of their senses while connecting with history and the outdoors. The Woodland Encounters program, recently developed through the generosity of the Claude Worthington Benedum
Foundation, is a hands-on program that takes students back 400 years to explore a recreated Eastern Woodland Indian village. The two-hour program emphasizes the forest-centered lifestyle of American Indians in the upper Ohio Valley prior to the arrival of European settlers. Like all Meadowcroft educational programs, Woodland Encounters is linked to Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia educational standards. For more information about Meadowcroft’s educational programs, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org and click the Meadowcroft tab or call 724-587-3412.
Help the History Center celebrate 130 years!
s the oldest cultural institution in Western Pennsylvania, the History Center has become a major cultural asset in the region, an important economic generator, Senator J z ohn Hein and an integral part of the region’s heritage History Center tourism strategy. The museum traces its sponsored by PNC Financial Services group roots back to 1879 with the formation of a group called the Old Residents of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania and later, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Help the History Center celebrate 130 years throughout 2009 with a wide range of award-winning exhibitions, educational activities, publications and outreach activities.
Meadowcroft Celebrates A Ruby Anniversary
orty years ago this June, Meadowcroft first opened its doors to the public and made a reality out of Albert and Delvin Miller’s vision to preserve our region’s rural heritage. As a unique asset to the Western Pennsylvania region, Meadowcroft joined forces with the Heinz History Center in 1993, with long-term development plans for the outdoor museum and world famous archaeological site. The first phase of development was completed last spring at Meadowcroft Rockshelter - the oldest site of human habitation in North America - with the opening of a new, visitor-friendly enclosure and the addition of a recreated 17th century Indian Village. Future plans for the National Historic Landmark include a complete renovation of the visitor center and the addition of new program areas. The result will be a complete look at how people have adapted to the land over the past 16,000 years and shaped their environment in Western Pennsylvania. Happy 40th anniversary to Meadowcroft!
Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures Thousands Tune in to KDKA for Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures
arlier this year, KDKA-TV began airing monthly broadcasts of “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show,” filmed at the History Center in September 2008. Co-hosted by KDKA-TV news anchor Ken Rice and History Center president and CEO Andy Masich, the 30-minute special programs highlight the collectibles, heirlooms and other prized possessions that nearly 2,000 Pittsburghers brought to the History Center for appraisal last fall. The initial airing of “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” received a 9.5 Nielsen rating (approximately
Upcoming air dates for Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures: • Monday, April 13 – 7:30 p.m. • Monday, May 18 – 7:30 p.m. • Monday, June 15 – 7:30 p.m. • Monday, July 13 - 7:30 p.m.
111,000 homes) and was the top-rated show in its time slot across all television networks that evening. Ratings for the second and third shows were once again the highest between the three major networks during that time slot. Sponsored by The Bank of New York Mellon, the event welcomed visitors to bring in their items and meet with Smithsonian Institution experts for conservation tips and with local professional appraisers for a verbal assessment of potential monetary value. Mark your calendars now for the second annual “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” event at the History Center on August 2, 2009. Stay tuned to www.heinzhistorycenter.org for more information.
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Scene at the History Center
Newlyweds Brian and April Smith enjoy the Clash of Empires exhibition during their wedding reception. Photo courtesy of Brian McDermott and www.revelmediastudios.com.
Curator’s Corner Trailblazer with a Slide Rule
By: Anne Madarasz, Museum Division Director
“Scene at the History Center” highlights the after-hours events at the History Center. For more information on event rentals, please contact Maura Minteer at 412-454-6435 or [email protected]
or visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org and click on the Facility Rental tab.
Aime and Chris Harrison enjoy their big day in front of the History Center’s trolley. Photo courtesy of Big Day Photography.
: 9 0 0 2 d e k r o c n Histor y U h’s Innovations tsburg
More than 1,200 young professionals packed the History Center and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum on March 6 for the 11th annual History Uncorked, sponsored by post-gazette.com. History Uncorked is Pittsburgh’s premiere event for young professionals, combining great fun with live entertainment by DJ Zimmie and a jazz ensemble featuring Jeff Lashway, Kenny Blake, and Maureen Budway. This year’s theme, “Uncorking Pittsburgh’s Innovations” highlighted the History Center’s newest exhibition, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation. Proceeds from the event benefitted the programs and services of the History Center and the Sports Museum.
n 1896, the New York Herald declared her to be the “only woman electrical engineer in the country.” In 1907, Chicago-based Young People’s Weekly described her as a “slide rule phenomenon,” for her abilities as a mathematician and calculator. Bertha Lamme blazed new trails for women when she accepted a job as an engineer with the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Lamme came to Pittsburgh to work for George Westinghouse several months after her 1893 graduation from Ohio State University, where her thesis, “An Analysis of Tests of a Westinghouse Railway Generator,” familiarized her with the company. Lamme worked at Westinghouse for 12 years, taking on intricate calculations for machinery design and performance. There is also an indication that Lamme designed, drafted, and possibly invented electrical machinery. Despite her equality among engineers, some traditions of the day remained steadfast, and Lamme resigned in October of 1905, just months before she married fellow engineer Russell Feicht. Though she never returned to work, Lamme’s daughter Florence inherited her scientific prowess, working as a physicist for the Bureau of Mines. Visit the History Center to learn more about Pittsburgh’s female pioneers in the new exhibition, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation.
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History Uncorked guests enjoyed dancing with music by DJ Zimmie, toured the History Center’s many exhibits, and took photos with Mr. McFeely.
Mr. Ray Abelson Mr. Patrick Airhart Ms. Sandra L. Andrews Ms. Jane C. Arkus Ms. Sheila Bachmeier Mr. Francis A, Balog & Ms. Paula B, Balog Mr. David C. Bangley Mr. Ben Banyas Ms. Theresa Bauer Mr. Andrew K. Bechman Ms. Victoria A. Betsill Ms. Sawina Bhandari Ms. Shfali Bhandari Ms. Patricia Bicanich James & Jennifer Bisti Lesley Ann and Len Bizyak Charles A. Blackburn Mr. Raymond Blakey Ms. Elaine Blanton Ms. Marie C. Bonavita Lester & Barbara Botkui Mr. Eric L. Bradley Mr. James R. Breisinger Donald & Phyllis Britcher Ms. Eleanor Britza Mr. James Brown Ms. Lisa J. Brown Michelle and Brian Butler Dr. Charles & Mrs. Sally Calabrese Mr. Craig Cannon Alberta & Joseph Certo Ms. Nancy Chace Nicholas & Michelle Cindrich
Ms. Kathleen & Mr. William Colborn Mr. Mark E. Cominotti Thomas Connell Mr. Zerick Cook Ms. Karen M. Crabtree Jeane L. Criss Mr. Michael Dabrishus Heth & Dana Daley Mr. Charles Davies Ms. Cornelia Davis Mr. Carl Dedert Ms. Catherine Dietz Dr. & Mrs. Stephen V. Dillon Mr. Michael K. Dishart Martin Doherty East End/ East Liberty Historical Society Export Borough Ms. Kathleen Farrington Dr. Paul C. Fiehler William & Rhoda Fitch Mr. & Mrs. Michael Flinn Ms. Ellen Foster Mr. Mark Fuller Ms. Mary Lois Gallagher Ms. Kathleen A. Gancy Ms. Diana H. Geis Robert & Nancy Gentile Ms. MaryAnn Gorka & Ms. Kathleen Orient Ms. Janet F. Graeb Ms. Peggy B. Grinager Mr. & Mrs. O. Harry Gruner III
Christine and Raymond Hack Mr. Jack Hallman Mr. Robert & Mrs. Beverly Harrington Mr. Albert E. Heiles Ms. Katherine Holter Kevin & Laura Horner Mr. Chris Hughes Ms. Lisa Humbertson-Brady Kevin & Philomena Jaehne Jefferson Middle School Mr. & Mrs. Henry S. Karp Ms. Amy Kellman Mr. William Kennedy Mr. Christopher Kiehl Dave & Rebecca Killian Mr. & Mrs. Myoung-Shik Kim Ms. Elizabeth Anne Knoell Mr. Marian M. Kreithen Mr. Donald Kuhns Ms. Deborah L. Kutzavitch & Mr. C. James Bond Mr. Scott Macfarland Mr. Mark S. Masa Mr. Jim Mastronie Ms. Catherine L. Maxaner Ms. Janet May Ms. Sally McAllister Mr. James McCann Mr. Mark McCloskey Ms. J. Barbara McKelway Mellon Middle School Ms. Brooke E. Mihalik Mr. & Mrs. James H. Moore
Mr. Joe Moore Mr. Jeff Mukogosi Ms. Michele Mulick Charles & Anita Newberg Mr. Ron Nigro Mr. Ronald Niziol Mr. Bill Novak John & Eileen Olmsted Ms. Joann Pacinelli & Ms. Sharon Rivera Ms. Linda Pastore Ms. Janet Peternel Dr. June K. Phillips Ms. Colleen Pietrusinski Mr. Robert L. Plummer Mrs. Hazel L. Pontious Ms. Elizabeth J. Powell Mr. Gerald G. Price Ms. Nagibeh Quinones Mr. William D. Rankin Mr. Joseph Rattay Sam & Diane Reich Gary & Diane Reiche Mr. Fred Rettberg Mr. Tom Ricketts Donald Lobaugh Rimersburg Veteran’s Memorial Park & Museum Ms. Sandra L. Robbins Ms. Rosemarie Roehl Jerry & Joanne Rogers Ms. Donna Rowe Mr. Kenny Rudolph Ms. Aileen Runde
Ms. Violet M. Russin Mr. Robert Sapinkopf Ms. Lynne Schardt Paul & Catherine Schermann Mr. James Schrmack Mr. Ron Schuler Ms. Linda Schuman Mr. Chris Sedlak Mr. Paul Seufert Ms. Judith Shock Gregory & Donna Shuttleworth John & Trudi Stafford Ms. Joanne Stahl Dr. & Mrs. David J. Stapor Ms. Sarah Stock Mike & Marie Sumser Ms. Virginia Swanagan Ms. Cyndi Syskowski Ms. Susan L. Tepe Ms. Mimi Thompson Titusville Area Historical Society Janet and Doug Toth Dr. Joseph & Mrs. Susanne Udvari Ted & Cathy Vana Ms. Beth Vrbanic Mr. Henry Watson Mr. & Mrs. Chester M. Wawrzonek Mr. George M. Westinghouse Ms. Marian Wild Mr. Tom Wilson & Mrs. Janet Gunter Mr. Mark E. Yohman Mr. Todd Yorgen Michael & Karen Yurechko Mrs. Judith H. Zernich
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America’s Best Weekly: 100 Years of the Pittsburgh Courier April 2010
In commemoration of The Pittsburgh Courier’s 100th anniversary in 2010, the History Center will explore the newspaper’s reach and impact throughout the nation over the past century. Established in 1910 by Edwin Harleston, a guard at the H.J. Heinz Company, the Courier eventually gained national prominence and grew to become the largest African American newspaper in the nation, with a circulation of 250,000 and more than 400 employees in 14 cities. Today, the Courier is one of the oldest and most prestigious African American newspapers in the United States. Using a number of artifacts and audio-visual displays, America’s Best Weekly will profile the major contributors who propelled the Courier from its humble beginnings, to its prominence during World War II’s “Double V” campaign and throughout the Civil Rights Movement, to today’s award-winning local publication.
Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World April 14 – July 31, 2011
Benjamin Franklin – scientist, inventor, diplomat, entrepreneur – played a crucial role in the formation of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and helped to establish the first public hospital, university and library, among many other world-changing innovations. Ben Franklin: In Search of a Better World will provide visitors with a personal understanding of Franklin’s extraordinary life, including his self-education, his philosophical and religious beliefs and their effect on his life. The award-winning exhibition, developed by the Minnesota History Center, highlights 75 rare artifacts from Franklin’s life, along with 40 interactive activities and innovative educational programming. Throughout the exhibit, visitors will get to know Franklin as a brilliant and unconventional innovator of the 18th century and explore his contributions to the founding of the United States. For additional information on the History Center’s upcoming exhibition calendar, please visit our new Web site at www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Anonymous A US Airways uniform worn by a mechanic who worked for the company at the Pittsburgh Airport. Arsenal Family and Children’s Center Toy cups, plates and one of the original chairs used at the Arsenal Nursery School founded by Dr. Benjamin Spock in 1953. Joan Beddow Collection of material related to donor’s late husband, Logan Andrew Beddow Jr.’s job as plant superintendent at Ball Glass, Washington, Pa. Consists of two patches, bottle opener, glass making tools, a glass mold, cruet and 14 jars. Robert Cohen on behalf of Edlis Inc. Two apothecary bottles manufactured by the Edlis Company. Joseph D’Andrea Hand painted canvas banner that venerates the Infant of Prague and a wooden sign which hung outside of Pasquale Rocchi’s barber shop at 2809 Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh, c. 1930s. Anthony DiNardo for the Sons of Columbus of America, Inc. Marble bust that occupied the organizational offices of the Sons of Columbus from the time of its founding in 1925 until 2004, when flooding from Hurricane Ivan destroyed the headquarters in Carnegie. Gregg Ficery Donation of 13 Pittsburgh Pirates baseball trading cards. Field Gathered Two campaign buttons: One is John Heinz for Congress, the other is a John Kerry political pin featuring the Heinz pickle with the words, “It’s a Burgh Thing”. Martha Hills Collection of Pittsburgh memorabilia consisting of seven commemorative spoons, six pieces of ruby glass (several from the Pittsburg Expos), two glass paperweights and three ceramic glasses that say “Souvenir of Pittsburg.” Elaine Linkenheimer Printing plates related to donor’s father, Frank P. Plaven Sr.’s career as a printer in the composing room of both the SunTelegraph and the Pittsburgh Press. H.C. Mendel badge and buttons, Heinz calculator made to look like matchbook, Pitt Horrible Hankie, two Pirate handkerchiefs, Pitt Panther towel, two Clark t-shirts, Pierogi Race t-shirt. Bernard Luketich for Croatian Fraternal Union of America One lodge ribbon from the Croation Fraternal Union of America marked “Hrvatsko Gospojinsko.” Lois J. Lyman A System’s Calculator hand made and used at the power generators at Duquesne Light. Jean H. McCullough A Department of Public Safety badge for the city of Pittsburgh, paperweight and 2 necklaces with pendants related to the McCandless family. Museum purchase Four (4) pin back buttons from the March of Dimes from 1939, 1941 and 1942 (Diamond Jubilee). Museum purchase Cardboard cut out doll of Shirley Jones with 13 paper outfits and accessories from the movie “Oklahoma.” Museum purchase Folded board game called “Game of Round the World,” celebrating Nellie Bly’s popularity. Henry Nechemias Seven MacBeth glass tumblers with two original boxes. Andrea Pasquarelli (in memory of Joanne Pasquarelli) Collection of Pittsburgh sports memorabilia owned by the donor’s late mother Joanne Pasquarelli, consists of trading cards, pins, I.C. Light can, Lemieux figurine, Kordell Stewart “Slash Towel” and Pittsburgh Penguins nesting doll purchased in Russia. Gerald Price A collection of items related to donor’s Italian American family, one of the earliest to settle in Wilmerding. Hester Saxon A hat from the late 1800’s with tag for Misses Pence & Erwin, a milliners shop on Penn Avenue. An overcoat from Kaufmanns on Fifth Avenue.
Library & Archives Accessions New accessions that have been added to the archival collection from October 2008 to January 2009 are described below:
History Center Offers Free Admission to Pittsburgh Public Schools
hanks to a recent grant from the PNC Charitable Trust, the History Center will offer free group admission to all Pittsburgh Public School students throughout the remainder of the 2008-09 school year. “Pittsburgh Public School children are the leaders of the future and we all need to pitch in to help them reach their goals,” said History Center president and CEO Andy Masich. “Through the generosity of PNC Charitable Trust, students will learn about our city’s 250 year tradition of innovation.” The PNC Charitable Trust’s generous grant will provide free admission to all Pittsburgh Public School students who visit the History Center as part of a school group through June. During 2008, the History Center offered free admission to Pittsburgh Public School students as part of the Pittsburgh 250 celebration. Nearly 8,000 Pittsburgh Public School students visited the museum in 2008, an increase of more than 1300% compared to 2007. If underwriting is available, the History Center hopes to extend the free admission policy to more school children throughout the region in future years. For more information on the History Center’s educational outreach programs, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
James L. Coogan: Coogan and Quinn family, papers and photographs, c. 1890 – c. 2008. Annette S. Cook: Maurice B. Cook, photographs, 1936. Barbara Grossman: Camp Lynnwood, records, 1947-1971. Carolyn Grubb: Fredrick Albert Lepant, papers and photographs relating to his military service, c. 1940 – c. 1947. George Harris: George Harris, papers and photographs, c. 1955 – c. 1961. Phyllis Koschik and James O. Koschik in memory of May Carrick Delbridge: Whitaker, Carrick and Delbridge family, papers and photographs, c. 1860 – c. 1940. Lynette Lederman: Records of the Pittsburgh Allderdice High School Parent-Teacher Association, 1940s-1990s. JoAnn Walters Maniquis: Anthony Sharp Walters, Sr., papers and photograph, Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co. in the Printing and Distribution Division, 1918-1968. Michael P. Merovich in memory of Peter and Blanche Merovich: One souvenir program and two billheads from the International Soccer Match and Pitt-Penn State Track Meet, held at Pitt Stadium on May 16, 1959. Jeff Repasky: Mt. Oliver Indians Midget Football Team, records, c. 1966 - c.1980. Catherine Rocco: Peter Frank Bauer, papers and photographs, 1940s. Mark Rubenstein: William Barsky, papers and photographs, 1942-1945. Peter D. Waslo: Peter D. Waslo, sports collection, 1967-2008. The collection includes material pertaining to World Team Tennis, Erie Seawolves, Pitt Panther Football, and the Pittsburgh Triangles, Spirit, Phantoms, Pipers, Condors, Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. Harry A. Winter: West View Amusement Park, records, 1968, 1977. The following books have recently been added to the History Center’s collection: Glass Candlestick Book vol. 2. Gift of Kerin Shellenbarger. Carroltown 1858-2008. Gift of Carroltown Sesquicentennial Committee. Dormont. Gift of Richard Price. Rodef Shalom Congregation 150 years. Gift of the Congregation. Fifty Greatest Plays Pittsburgh Steelers. Purchase. Colorful East Broad Top Railroad. Purchase. First Baptist Church Reynoldsville Sesquicentennial. Gift of the Church. American Slovaks. Gift of Marcia Getting Sutherland. Oil Boom Architecture. Purchase. Encyclopedia of the Underground Railroad. Purchase. Millhunks and Renegades. Purchase.
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New and Upcoming Exhibits
The Stories that Touch Our Lives: Images from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008 Now through April 19, 2009
Portrait of the Allegheny: Photos by John Beale April 24 - Sept. 2009
In partnership with the Post-Gazette, the History Center now features 40 of the newspaper’s most compelling images from the past year. The news in 2008 featured change - political change as we chose a new president, economic change, and also the individual challenges and changes that impacted daily life. Throughout the year, photographers from the Post-Gazette documented these stories, on the campaign trail and at home. Their images capture the exhilaration and the exhaustion of change and detail its effect on the people of this region.
Local photographer John Beale recently chronicled a 350-mile journey along the Allegheny River, beginning with a trickle in Coudersport, Pa., all the way to the confluence of the Monongahela River in downtown Pittsburgh to form the Ohio River. This unique photo exhibit, made up of more than 25 images from Beale’s 13-month journey, won the 2008 Edward Romano Award for photography in the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania’s Golden Quill Awards.
Calendar of Events
Visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org, for the latest information on upcoming events.
Live & Learn Weekends
Friday, April 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 10:30 - Noon
Thursday, April 16 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War & Lincoln Slept Here Exhibit Opening May 30, 2009
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life Season Opening
HISTORY CENTER BOARD OF TRUSTEES Stephen R. Tritch, Chairman, Board of Trustees John F. Bitzer, Jr., Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees Ron Davenport, Sr., Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees Paul O’Neill, Jr., Treasurer, Board of Trustees Beverlynn Elliott, Secretary, Board of Trustees Andrew E. Masich, President & CEO, Senator John Heinz History Center Arthur L. Baldwin Esther L. Barazzone, Ph. D. Susie Barbour Nadine E. Bognar Commissioner J. Bracken Burns, Sr. Esther L. Bush Estelle F. Comay, Esq. Mrs. James F. Compton The Honorable Jay Costa, Jr. Charles J. Dougherty, Ph.D. The Honorable Brian L. Ellis Sigo Falk Judge Mike Fisher Timothy O. Fisher Alvaro Garcia-Tunon Stan Geier Chuck Hammel Matthew G. Harbaugh Franco Harris Donald J. Heberle Tod Hunt F. Michael Langley Gerald F. MacCleary Andrea T. Mahone Glen T. Meakem
Sandy Mellon Terrence J. Murphy Ralph J. Papa Robert N. Peirce, Jr., Esq. The Honorable John R. Pippy Paul Pohl Dan Rooney Carol Semple Thompson Dan D. Sandman Margaret Snavely Kaveri Subbarao Joe William Trotter, Jr., Ph.D. H. Woodruff Turner, Esq. The Honorable Mike Turzai Auditor General Jack Wagner The Honorable Don Walko Dennis A. Watson, Esq. Bruce Wiegand Emeritus Trustees & Honorary Trustees Robert Barensfeld Frank V. Cahouet John P. Davis, Jr. Stephen W. Graffam, Esq. Teresa Heinz* Maxwell King William C. King Robert Knutson* The Honorable Frank J. Lucchino David McCullough Martin G. McGuinn The Honorable Tim Murphy The Honorable Dan Onorato* The Honorable Luke Ravenstahl* * Honorary Trustee
makingHISTORY is the newsletter of the Senator John Heinz History Center. Associates of the History Center include the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, the Library & Archives and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life. 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 Jessica Rae Silay, Designer/Editor Mike Mackin, Communications Manager Lisa Dundon, Manager of Multimedia Communications Publication of makingHISTORY is underwritten in part by the James O’Hara Denny III Memorial Fund.
May 2, 2009
First Floor John Heinz: A Western Pennsylvania Legacy; Kidsburgh (mezzanine); Vintage Vehicles; NEW! Pittsburgh At 250;
Second Floor NEW! Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation; Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum
Third Floor Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum; Discovery Place; Prine Collection of Woodworking Planes; Rediscovering Lewis and Clark: A Journey with the Rooney Family; Outdoor Advertising
Fourth Floor NEW! The Stories that Touch Our Lives (through April 19): Images from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2008; Special Collections Gallery; Glass: Shattering Notions; Heinz 57; The Darkest Month (through May 29)
Fifth Floor Clash of Empires: The British, French, and Indian War, 1754-1763
Sixth Floor Wrought Metal Treasures from the Blum Collection
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