Senator John Heinz History Center

aka Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village; Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum; Fort Pitt Museum   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.heinzhistorycenter.org

Mission

The Senator John Heinz History Center* is an educational institution that engages, informs, and inspires large and diverse audiences through museum, virtual, and outreach programs enabling links to the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future while preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a Western Pennsylvania connection.

This work is accomplished in partnership with others through archaeology, artifact collections, broadcast media and the internet, conservation, educational programs, exhibitions, events, library & archives, museums, performance, publications, products, research, and technical assistance.
(Approved by the Board of Trustees, July 14, 2016)

* NOTE: The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, founded in 1879, today does business as the Senator John Heinz History Center, which includes the Detre Library & Archives, Fort Pitt Museum, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, and the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

Ruling year info

1949

President & CEO

Mr. Andrew E. Masich PhD

Main address

1212 Smallman Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15222 USA

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EIN

25-0965391

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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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.

Population(s) Served

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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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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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 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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Accreditations

American Association of Museums 2009

Awards

Emmy Nomination for OnQ: Young George 2006

Emmy Awards

Emmy Award for narration of "Stone Soldiers: Saving the Gettysburg Monuments" (in cooperation with WQED) 2007

Emmy Awards

S.K. Stevens Award at the National Civil War Museum for exhibit, Clash of Empires: The British, French and Indian War 1754-1763 2007

Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations

"Award of Merit" for the exhibit, Clash of Empires: The British, French and Indian War 1754-1763 2007

American Association of State and Local History

"Innovator Award" for the History Center's role in kicking off the regional Pittsburgh 250 celebration 2008

Visit Pittsburgh

"Diamond Award" for Andy Masich's outstanding leadership in non-profit management 2008

Pittsburgh Business Times

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Annual Theme Award - 2007 Archaeology 2008

Preservation Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania History magazine article "Radio X" is named a finalist in the 2009 Golden Quill Awards in category 4F--Health/Medical 2009

Golden Quill Awards presented by the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania

Silver Certificate of Merit in 08-09 ADDYs for a Western Pennsylvania History magazine series of 3 spreads (from 2008) in the publication design category; "The Darkest Month," "I Have Lived History," and "Sound and Fury." 2009

ADDY Awards

The award will help fund the From Slavery to Freedom: The Underground Railroad and the Legacy of Freedom in Western Pennsylvania exhibit and program project. 2010

U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program for 2010-2013

Andrew Masich, President & CEO, was inducted into the Keystone Society for Tourism and honored with the Leadership Award 2010

Keystone Society for Tourism

“Breastfeeding Friendly Place” in the category of “Public Place.” 2011

Allegheny County Health Department

Affiliations & memberships

Smithsonian Museum - Affiliate 2000

Financials

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Senator John Heinz History Center

Board of directors
as of 10/9/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Diane Holder

UPMC

William Lambert

President & CEO, MSA Safety, Inc.

Beverlynn Elliott

Community Leader

Alvaro Garcia-Tunon

Strategic Adviser, Wabtec Corporation

Paul O'Neill, Jr.

Managing Member, Pine Road Asset Management

Andrew Masich, PhD

President & CEO, Senator John Heinz History Center

Arthur Baldwin

President, Baldwin Investment Management Group, LLC

David Barensfeld

Chief Executive Officer, Ellwood Group, Inc.

Charles Bitzer

Chief Operating Officer, ABARTA, Inc.

Nadine Bognar

Chairman & CEO, Bognar & Co., Inc.

Robert Cindrich

President, Cindrich Consulting, LLC

David Chamberlin

Executive Vice President & Chief Communications Officer, PNC Financial Services Group

Steven Cohen

President, Guardian Storage Solutions

Verna Corey

Community Leader

The Honorable Jay Costa, Jr.

Pennsylvania State Senator

The Honorable Frank Dermody

Pennsylvania State Representative

Brian Ellis

Pennsylvania State Representative

Laura Ellsworth

Partner-in-Charge of Global Community Service Initiatives, Jones Day

The Honorable Mike FIsher

Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald

Allegheny County Chief Executive

Daniel Fitzpatrick

President & CEO of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, Citizens Banks

Floyd R. "Chip" Ganassi, Jr.

CEO, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

Laurence Glasco

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Ken Gormley

President-Elect, Duquesne University

Chuck Hammel

President, PITT OHIO

Donald Heberle

CEO, BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Robert Hill

Retired Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Diane Holder

Executive Vice President, UPMC; President, Insurance Services Division; President & CEO, UPMC Health Plan

Robert (Bob) Krizner

Partner, KPMG

Judy Linaburg

Community Leader

Catherine Loevner

Community Leader

James Martin

Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Tom McMillan

Vice President of Communications, Pittsburgh Penguins

Sandy Mellon

Community Leader

Daniel Onorato

Executive Vice President, Highmark

The Honorable William Peduto

May of the City of Pittsburgh

Robert Peirce

Owner/Managing Partner, Robert Peirce & Associates

Jack Piatt

Chairman of the Board, Millcraft Industries, Inc.

Robert Randall

President, Rand Group, Inc.

Art Rooney II

President, Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Scott Roy

Vice President of Government Relations, Environmental Compliance, Safety and Security, Range Resources

Izzy Rudolph

McKnight Realty Partner

Frank Sklarsky

Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc.

Matthew Smith

President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce

Margaret Snavely

Community Leader

Latasha Batch

Executive Director, Best of the Batch Foundation

Christine Bryant

Senior Vice President - NAFTA Covestro, LLC

Dr. Helen Davis

Medical and Surgical Director, Eye Physician and Surgeon, Davis Eye Group

Joseph Dougherty

CEO, Managing Director and Chairman of the Board, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Stan Geier

Vice President, GM and TM Lamar of Pittsburgh

John Mascaro, Sr.

Chairman, Mascaro Construction