Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Heinz History Center

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.heinzhistorycenter.org

Mission Statement

The History Center* is an educational institution that engages and inspires a large and diverse audience 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. This work is accomplished in partnership with others through archaeology, archives, artifact collections, conservation, educational programs, exhibitions, library, museum, performance, publications, research, technical assistance, and, increasingly, through broadcast media and the Internet.

* NOTE: The History Center brand name is used here to represent the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Library & Archives, Fort Pitt Museum, Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

Main Programs

  1. Virtual Museum programs
  2. History Center Educational Programs & Events
  3. From Slavery to Freedom
  4. Heinz 57
  5. Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation
  6. The Sigo Falk Collections Center
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

1949

President & CEO since 1998

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Mr. Andrew E. Masich

Keywords

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HSWP; Heinz History Center; Senator John Heinz History Center; Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center; Historical Society of Western PA

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EIN

25-0965391

 Number

0384229398

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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The History Center staff is constantly working to better our organization for the benefit of the community and to improve upon the services we offer to the public. We are proud to list the following accomplishments from the past year which implement our long-range goals while broadening our reach, particularly through broadcast media and the Internet.Celebrated our 14thyear of partnership with Smithsonian Institution, allowing a Smithsonian presence in PittsburghVoted Best Museum by the readers of Pittsburgh Magazine (July 2013)Attracted approximately nearly 300,000 visitors last year, many families and school-age children; including 19,484 students on field trips.Nearly 2,000 students, teachers, and parents participated in the two-day National History Day Pittsburgh Program.Introduced several major exhibitions, including From Slavery to Freedom; Pennsylvania's Civil War; POPTASTIC!: The Art of Burton Morris; 1968: The Year That Rocked America; The Civil War in Pennsylvania (travelling); Stars & Stripes: An American StoryLaunched numerous virtual tours on Web site -www.heinzhistorycenter.orgSuccessfully partnered with KDKA-TV to produce a series of seven, top-rated ""Pittsburgh Hidden Treasures"" shows - with a new season set for this fallCollaborated with a variety of media partners - including KDKA, FSN and KQV - to deliver timely and fun ""History Minutes"" to a large, multi-media audienceSaved Fort Pitt Museum from closure by assuming management from the Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaAdopted Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village as a division of the Heinz History Center. Archaeological evidence revealed the Meadowcroft Rockshelter to be the oldest documentable site of human presence in North America, and it contains the longest and most complete sequence of human habitation on the continent.Received 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Programs

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Program 1

Virtual Museum programs

Selected public programs will be filmed and new programs developed specifically for broadcast on the web, television and radio. A pilot webcast of a Live & Learn program was produced in November 2009. Several online virtual tours are currently available on www.Heinzhistorycenter.org, including tours of the recent Vatican Splendors and George Washington exhibitions, as well as tour of Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

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History Center Educational Programs & Events

The History Center brings Western Pennsylvania’s rich heritage to life through interactive and innovative programs for adults, students, and young children – making history relevant in their lives and encouraging them to become good leaders and informed citizens. The History Center offers a variety of educational programs, including: guided tours for students and adults; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs; Experience Workshops, allowing students to experience history first-hand; Act 48 Teacher Professional Development workshops; National History Day Pittsburgh; Scout Badge Programs; Hop into History, an interactive program designed for children age 2-5; Archives & Library workshops; Museum Conservation Center programming; lectures; and more. Unique public programs also provide exciting opportunities for visitors, including: Vintage Pittsburgh; Hometown Homegrown; NFL Play 60; Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures; Books in the Burgh; History Uncorked; and more.

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From Slavery to Freedom

Explore more than 250 years of African American history in the History Center’s exhibition, From Slavery to Freedom. The award-winning exhibit highlights 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. Visitors to From Slavery to Freedom will immerse themselves in the evolution of the region’s African American community, embarking on a journey that begins in 18th century Africa, crosses the Atlantic Ocean on a recreated slave ship, toils in bondage on plantations of America, joins the Underground network of freedom seekers, fights for freedom in the Civil War, organizes for civil rights, and ends in 21st century Western Pennsylvania. Programs, lectures, and film series are held regularly in conjunction with the From Slavery to Freedom exhibition.

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Heinz 57

Re-opening 2014 The History Center is proud to feature the world's best collection of Heinz materials. Millions of visitors annually view the 42.5 feet high iconic Heinz neon ketchup sign on the side of the building. As visitors continue inside the museum, Heinz materials are featured on most floors—the Heinz 57 exhibit is wildly popular (fourth floor) and the rich history of the company is preserved in the Detre Library & Archives (sixth floor). The History Center will install the new Heinz 57 exhibit in the 3,500 square foot fourth floor Community Gallery, centrally located in the heart of the building. This unique gallery allows for dramatic displays of artifacts and will link interpretive content in the stairwell directly to the gallery. In addition, the History Center will continue to manage and preserve the Heinz archival material and artifacts in its possession, including the neon ketchup sign, and offer related public programming on an ongoing basis.

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Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation

Innovators from this region have changed the world. Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation recognizes the incredible impact our region has had on peoples’ lives. The 16,000 square-foot exhibition tells Pittsburgh’s definitive story. rom the first people who battled over this land, key to controlling the interior of the country, to those who built the region’s reputation as a steel capital and workshop of the world, to the advances made in medicine, robotics, and green building in recent years, the exhibit unravels the process and products of innovators that have shaped this region’s unique history and influenced people around the world. In July 2016, additional content will be added to this popular exhibition, including: new hands-on interactives that make innovation more accessible to children; improved wayfinding; and elements that make the exhibition more immersive.

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The Sigo Falk Collections Center

The Sigo Falk Collections Center contains a vast array of unique pieces from Western Pennsylvania’s history. The Special Collections Gallery is home to the largest collection of original items from the set of the popular television show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The Special Collections Gallery also houses a changing textile gallery which features outstanding examples of clothing from the collection. In addition, a large window into the Grace M. Compton Conservation Lab, provides behind-the-scenes views of museum professionals at work. The newly opened Visible Storage Gallery offers visitors an unprecedented snapshot of how the museum preserves Western Pennsylvania history for current and future generations. Artifacts ranging from George and Marguerite Westinghouse’s Tiffany china to John Cigna’s legendary Harley-Davidson motorcycle provide a sense of the huge variety found in the History Center’s collection.

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Funding Needs

History education in America is in crisis. We are a nation at risk of forgetting our past – with nearly one-third of 4th and 8th graders and nearly two-thirds of high school seniors not meeting the basic threshold of history knowledge. The History Center has taken a leadership role in combating the national trend that noted historian David McCullough has called “historical illiteracy" by tailoring new programs and exhibitions to be exciting and relevant in today's demanding world. The Senator John Heinz History Center is a leader in education and tourism– offering innovative programs, dynamic exhibitions, and one-of-a-kind opportunities for students, families, and individuals. These meaningful experiences inspire life-long learning and provide visitors with the skills necessary to become strong leaders and informed citizens who use the past to make good decisions in the present and worthy plans for the future.

Accreditations

American Association of Museums

Affiliations + Memberships

Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Heinz History Center

Leadership

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President & CEO

Mr. Andrew E. Masich

BIO

Andy Masich is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Senator John Heinz History Center and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The PHMC is Pennsylvania's official history agency, overseeing archives, museums, and historic preservation efforts across the state.
Since 1998, he has provided leadership for Pittsburgh's nationally acclaimed 370,000 square-foot History Center and museum system, which includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum; Detre Library & Archives; Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, located in Avella, Pa.; the Fort Pitt Museum; and most recently, the nine-story Museum Conservation Center adjoining the History Center. Under Andy's leadership, the History Center has been recognized for its award-winning exhibitions and innovative educational programs. He has forged strategic partnerships with organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny Conference for Community Development, Boy Scouts of America, VisitPittsburgh, and American Association for State and Local History.
Andy serves as chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) which now coordinates Civil War 150 activities and other state-wide programs in collaboration with hundreds of museums in Pennsylvania. He also serves on the American Alliance of Museums Accreditation Commission. His lively lectures on subjects ranging from American Indians to American innovation have entertained and educated audiences from coast to coast. A recognized authority on the preservation and creative interpretation of history, he has been a faculty member of the prestigious Seminar for Historical Administration. Among his popular presentations are “Unknown Stories of the Civil War," “History of Innovation," “Young George Washington," “Lighten Up!" (humor therapy for directors and other humor impaired museum professionals), and “History Museum Vampires: How to Suck the Life Out of Your Museum." He makes regular television appearances on KDKA, including the popular “Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures" programs, and WQED, where he has won Emmys for his historical documentaries, and as an expert for a variety of national media outlets, including the Associated Press, The New York Times, and The History Channel.
He has authored or co-authored award-winning books including Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook of Coups and Combat (University Press of Colorado, 1997); Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent – Caught Between the Worlds of the Indian and the White Man (Da Capo Press, 2004, winner of the Colorado Book Award); and The Civil War in Arizona: The Story of the California Volunteers,1861-1865 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2006, named Southwest Book of the Year)

STATEMENT FROM THE President & CEO

"The History Center is a museum that can change lives. Our staff recognizes this as we plan and design publications, programs, and exhibitions. You can find this idea reflected in our vision, our strategic plan, and our annual work plans. We want to change people's lives or, at least, the way they see the world - for an hour, a day, maybe forever. By presenting the stories of the past in a compelling way we help people make good decisions in the present and plans for the future.The History Center has become a great source of pride for our community. We house the collective memory of the people of our region and have become the "go to" place for media, scholars, students, writers, genealogists, collectors, and the general public interested in history. Working with strategic partners, we hope to restore in the people of the region some of their old confidence. By telling inspirational stories, our museum offers hope for the future and, in the end, will change the world for the better."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. William M. Lambert

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