Senator John Heinz History Center http://wesa.fm en Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat Serves as an Accidental Time Capsule http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-lost-steamboat-serves-accidental-time-capsule <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How did a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">19th century steamboat</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> made in Pittsburgh wind up perfectly preserved in a Kansas cornfield? This is just one of many questions that emerges from the story told by&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leslie&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Przybylek,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">lead curator for the Treasures of the Arabia Exhibit at the <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/">Senator John Heinz History Center</a>.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The Arabia is known as Pittsburgh’s lost steamboat and serves as an accidental time capsule. In its hull, were dozens of hats</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, shoes,&nbsp;pants, even edible food stuffs, all more than 150 years old.</span></p><p>In bringing the exhibit to Pittsburgh,&nbsp;Przbylek&nbsp;has been working with the <a href="http://1856.com/">Arabia Steamboat Museum</a> in Kansas City, where the excavated items are normally on display. She explained how the boat ended up in that cornfield.</p><p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:12:31 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28323 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat Serves as an Accidental Time Capsule Ship Sinks In A River, But It's Found In A Cornfield http://wesa.fm/post/ship-sinks-river-its-found-cornfield <p></p><p>Ships sink.</p><p>They crash or capsize, and are usually never seen again, but that’s not the case with the Arabia, which sank in the Missouri River in the latter half of the 19<sup>th</sup> century—found 130 years later in a corn field.</p><p>Starting Saturday, visitors to the Senator John Heinz History Center will be able to see nearly 2,000 artifacts recovered from the once lost steamboat that was built in Pittsburgh in 1853.</p><p>History center President Andy Masich said the boat gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the 1800’s.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:41:38 +0000 Michael Lynch 28191 at http://wesa.fm Ship Sinks In A River, But It's Found In A Cornfield Drury Brought Pittsburgh First Winter Olympic Medal in 1924 http://wesa.fm/post/drury-brought-pittsburgh-first-winter-olympic-medal-1924 <p>During the first Winter Olympics in 1924, defenseman and Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets player Herb Drury brought home a silver medal for the U.S. Olympic Hockey team. In the games, Drury scored 22 goals and 3 assists for Team USA.</p><p>His career and many Olympic artifacts are memorialized in the Western Pennsylvania <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/sportsMuseum.aspx">Sports Museum </a>at the Senator John Heinz <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/">History Center</a>.</p><p>Anne Madarasz, director of the sports museum, says the exhibit features some of Drury’s medals as well as historical photographs highlighting Pittsburgh, specifically Duquesne Gardens, as a main stop for players who wanted to be recruited for professional teams.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 21:02:27 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24248 at http://wesa.fm Drury Brought Pittsburgh First Winter Olympic Medal in 1924 Heinz History Center Provides Glimpse into Civil War http://wesa.fm/post/heinz-history-center-provides-glimpse-civil-war <p>The Senator John Heinz History Center is giving people a glimpse into Pennsylvanians’ lives during the Civil War by looking at our lineage.</p><p>Visitors this month will have special opportunities to track their ancestors and view tintype photos taken 150 years ago.&nbsp; They will also see how the entire Civil War exhibit currently on display was created.</p><p>Andy Masich, History Center President and CEO, said the center receives thousands of calls every year from people interested in tracking their ancestors - but none are as interesting as Civil War ancestors.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:36:38 +0000 Jessica Nath 19062 at http://wesa.fm Hidden Treasures Event Returns to Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/hidden-treasures-event-returns-pittsburgh <p>Treasures aren’t always strings of pearls or gold doubloons — sometimes, they’re toilets.</p><p>1,500 people are expected to attend the sixth annual “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” event at the Heinz History Center Sunday.</p><p>Visitors can bring up to two items and to be examined by a team of more than 40 appraisers, including experts from Christie’s, the world’s largest fine art auction house. The appraisers will evaluate the historical importance and possible monetary worth of the items.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:00:25 +0000 Michael Lynch 15266 at http://wesa.fm Ft. Pitt Museum Fires Replica 18th Century Cannon http://wesa.fm/post/ft-pitt-museum-fires-replica-18th-century-cannon <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/d5NMJAe930Y" frameborder="0" height="323" width="575"></iframe></p><p>An 18<sup>th</sup> century replica cannon was fired for the first time Wednesday morning at the Fort Pitt Museum at Point State Park.</p><p>A six-person crew of colonial re-enactors used all the proper protocol and ceremony in firing a blank round in the 600-pound cannon, which was made entirely in Western Pennsylvania.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 17:18:29 +0000 Charlee Song 10830 at http://wesa.fm