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 Pirates Baseball: Looking at Winning Seasons Past and Hopes for the Present http://wesa.fm/post/pirates-baseball-looking-winning-seasons-past-and-hopes-present <p><strong>The 1960 World Series Champions Commemorated at the Heinz History </strong><strong>Center</strong></p><p>The 2014 baseball season opens Monday. Coming off their first winning season in years, hopes are high for the Pirates.</p><p>An exhibit of one of the greatest moments in the team’s history just opened at the Senator John Heinz History Center.</p><p>On display are artifacts from Bill Mazeroski’s ninth inning home run, which led to the defeat of the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:05:40 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26644 at http://wesa.fm Pirates Baseball: Looking at Winning Seasons Past and Hopes for the Present A History of America in 101 Objects and Pittsburgh's Contributions http://wesa.fm/post/history-america-101-objects-and-pittsburghs-contributions <p>The Smithsonian Institution has been referred to as "America's attic." It is home to many iconic objects that have shaped the history of our nation, from industry to culture. In his book, <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.aspx?EventID=384"><em>History of America in 101 Objects</em></a>, author and Smithsonian curator <a href="http://newsdesk.si.edu/about/bios/richard-kurin">Dr. Richard Kurin</a> chronicles and pinpoints these national treasures by focusing on key objects in the vast collection.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are some of Kurin’s favorite objects related to the Pittsburgh region: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:51:24 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26241 at http://wesa.fm A History of America in 101 Objects and Pittsburgh's Contributions New Home for the Wholey's Smiling Fish Still Up in the Air http://wesa.fm/post/new-home-wholeys-smiling-fish-still-air <p>The 100-foot-long Wholey’s fish is one step closer to getting a new home.</p><p>Jim Wholey, president of Wholey’s, held a press conference with Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald over the weekend to announce the top five choices for a new location.</p><p>In December, Wholey had <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/wholeys-smiling-fish-looks-new-home">asked the community</a> to help decide where the fish should go. Wholey said a few thousand fans of the fish voted via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and in person.</p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:31:28 +0000 Liz Reid 23772 at http://wesa.fm How a Local Poet Laureate Got His Start http://wesa.fm/post/how-local-poet-laureate-got-his-start <p>This month the <a href="http://heinzhistorycenter.org/">Heinz History Center</a>’s Italian American Collection is hosting its inaugural Scholar-In-Residence program.</p><p>Receiving the honor is Pittsburgh native <a href="http://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/palitmap/bios/Bathanti__Joseph.html">Joseph Bathanti</a>. He is also the Poet Laureate of North Carolina and has written eight books of poetry and the award-winning novel <em>East Liberty</em>.</p><p>All of his works began with an unexpected move by the young University of Pittsburgh Alum. When he was 23 years old, Bathanti volunteered for the&nbsp; Volunteers in Service to America program (VISTA) and the experience changed the course of his life.</p><p>Bathanti was sent to the North Carolina department of corrections to do his service. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:31:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23180 at http://wesa.fm How a Local Poet Laureate Got His Start Lincoln Highway: The Nation's First Coast to Coast Highway Turns 100 http://wesa.fm/post/lincoln-highway-nations-first-coast-coast-highway-turns-100 <p>Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States is recognized in currency with statues, a monument in DC and many other areas along the way.</p><p>One commemoration includes the <a href="http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/">Lincoln Highway</a>. Brian Butko is director of publications for the <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/">Heinz History Center</a> and an expert on the highway's history, which celebrates its centennial this year.</p><p>Butko's knowledge of the Lincoln Highway begins even before the highway was started. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:18:21 +0000 Nick Frost 21605 at http://wesa.fm Lincoln Highway: The Nation's First Coast to Coast Highway Turns 100 The "Grandson of Pop Art” Returns Home http://wesa.fm/post/grandson-pop-art-returns-home <p>Burton Morris has seen his art displayed in the United Nations, Time Magazine, USA Today, the hit TV show <em><a href="http://www.areaofdesign.com/inthespotlight/morris/friends.jpg">Friends</a></em>, the Paris World Cup, and the <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/ff/2006_MLB_All-Star_Game.png">2006 Major League Baseball All Star Game</a>.</p><p>He says of all the ways his graphic and colorful art has been presented, he's most impressed with the Heinz History Center's <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/exhibits.aspx?ExhibitID=45">current exhibit</a>. The Pittsburgh native is given a full retrospective, from his earliest art at age 3 to his evolution into the international spotlight. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:41:26 +0000 Nick Frost 16642 at http://wesa.fm The "Grandson of Pop Art” Returns Home 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 Exhibit Highlights the Role of Food in American Slavery http://wesa.fm/post/exhibit-highlights-role-food-american-slavery <p>Two Pittsburgh institutions are teaming up to show the importance of food in African American slavery.</p><p>The Heinz History Center, along with Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, is hosting “Beyond the Big House Kitchen: A Culinary History of American Slavery,” a demonstration showcasing how African American slaves were able to cook and eat on the run.</p><p>Sarah Rooney, community programs manager for the Heinz History Center, said the exhibit will show the everyday struggles of freedom seekers.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:12:25 +0000 Michael Lynch 13719 at http://wesa.fm The Glass City: Pittsburgh's History as the Center of the U.S. Glass Business http://wesa.fm/post/glass-city-pittsburghs-history-center-us-glass-business <p>The identity of Pittsburgh is synonymous with the steel industry. The city’s largest skyscraper is the U.S. Steel Tower. Its football team is the Steelers, and to the nation, it's the Steel City.</p><p>But what about the city’s other industries? Before the rise of steel businesses in the region, western Pennsylvania was the center of glass sales in the United States.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:03:04 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 12792 at http://wesa.fm The Glass City: Pittsburgh's History as the Center of the U.S. Glass Business Pittsburgh Bridge to be Named for David McCullough http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-bridge-be-named-david-mccullough <p>The man who wrote probably the definitive book on the building of the Brooklyn Bridge will have a bridge named for him in his native Pittsburgh.</p><p>The 90-year-old Sixteenth Street Bridge, which links the Strip District and the North Side, will be rededicated Sunday as the David McCullough Bridge in honor of the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian.</p><p>McCullough will be joined Sunday — his 80<sup>th</sup> birthday — by family members, friends, fans and local officials for the unveiling of the plaque formally renaming the bridge.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Kevin Gavin 12467 at http://wesa.fm Unsung Heroes of Western Pennsylvania During Civil War http://wesa.fm/post/unsung-heroes-western-pennsylvania-during-civil-war <p><em><strong>While Pittsburgh was never a battleground during the Civil War, there are many little known “unsung heroes” from the Pittsburgh area that made a <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/civilwar/heinz-history-center-exhibition-highlights-pa-role-in-civil-war-692509/">significant impact</a> in the 1860’s. <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/civilwar/content.aspx?id=22">Heinz History Center's "Pennsylvania's Civil War"</a> lead curator and historian, Leslie Przybylek</strong></em><em><strong>, shares the stories of three Pittsburghers that you may not have read about in your history books.</strong></em></p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:29:55 +0000 Katherine Blackley 12522 at http://wesa.fm Unsung Heroes of Western Pennsylvania During Civil War Re-enactments to Bring Gettysburg to Life for 150th Anniversary http://wesa.fm/post/re-enactments-bring-gettysburg-life-150th-anniversary <p></p><p>It was 150 years ago that the battle considered to be the turning point of the Civil War took place in a field in Pennsylvania.</p><p>Each year, thousands of people re-enact the Battle of Gettysburg, and thousands turn out to watch. This year, for the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary, the events will be even larger than normal.</p><p>“There’ll be two major re-enactments probably attracting 12,000 to 15,000 re-enactors each, and then hundreds of thousands of spectators,” said Andy Masich, president and CEO of the Heinz History Center. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 12192 at http://wesa.fm Re-enactments to Bring Gettysburg to Life for 150th Anniversary Remaking a Marvel of Pittsburgh Industry http://wesa.fm/post/remaking-marvel-pittsburgh-industry <p></p><p>The Heinz History Center unveiled its newest exhibition last Saturday, <em><a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/civilwar/content.aspx?id=22">Pennsylvania's Civil War. </a></em>Among the exhibits is a replica of the most impressive cannon of its era: the 57 ton Rodman Columbiad, forged in Pittsburgh. The cannon was a technological breakthrough in its time, and the recreation of the enormous cannon — all the way down to the initials scrawled into the barrel — is a testament to how modern technology can improve the museum experience. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:08:15 +0000 Heather McClain 12022 at http://wesa.fm Remaking a Marvel of Pittsburgh Industry Bike to Feed Families Ride Travels Same Trail as Lost Cyclist http://wesa.fm/post/bike-feed-families-ride-travels-same-trail-lost-cyclist <p>On May 15, 1892, bookkeeper, amateur photographer and bicycle enthusiast Frank Lenz set off on his bike along rail lines in Pittsburgh. He was headed east to New York City on the first leg of his journey to cycle around the world.</p><p>More than a century later, cyclists in Pittsburgh will gather Saturday morning at the Pump House in Homestead. They are not headed for New York but rather Duquesne. And the supplies they will be carrying are food donations destined for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:38:21 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 9341 at http://wesa.fm Bon Appetito: Heinz History Center Launches Healthy Heritage Cooking Series http://wesa.fm/post/bon-appetito-heinz-history-center-launches-healthy-heritage-cooking-series <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Heinz History Center on Tuesday kicked off the Healthy Heritage Cooking Series, a three-month pilot program designed to introduce students to Italian, Syrian and Bulgarian cooking and connect health to history.</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 20:05:38 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 8756 at http://wesa.fm Bon Appetito: Heinz History Center Launches Healthy Heritage Cooking Series The Women's Rights Movement in Pittsburgh: 1967 to Today http://wesa.fm/post/womens-rights-movement-pittsburgh-1967-today <div class="field-item even"><p>1968 was a notable year in American history, the Vietnam War was raging, Martin Luther King Junior was assassinated, and the Women’s movement was gaining national&nbsp;attention.</p><p>Pittsburgh was among the hotbeds of change with civil unrest in the hill district, war protests on campuses and through all of that, the women’s rights movement was charging&nbsp;forward.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 18:06:27 +0000 Deanna Garcia 2939 at http://wesa.fm The Women's Rights Movement in Pittsburgh: 1967 to Today