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The Heinz History Center has preserved and interpreted Western Pennsylvania history for almost 150 years, and last Saturday’s senseless act of violence in Squirrel Hill will surely be remembered as one of our region’s darkest days. We stand side-by-side with our Jewish community in Pittsburgh, and we offer heartfelt condolences to all who were affected.
 
The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives was established nearly 30 years ago to preserve the history of the Jewish people in Western Pennsylvania. The materials in the Jewish archives document moments of pain and moments of promise going back to the very beginnings of the Jewish community in this region, more than 170 years ago. These stories, such as the ones found on the Rauh website Generation to Generation, are proof of the fortitude of the local Jewish community. They are also a reminder of ways all people can draw strength from the past.
 
Caring for Community Tours
 
 
As our region heals and looks for ways to rebuild in the coming weeks, we invite you to join us for a series of tours focused on the Pittsburgh Jewish community’s tradition of caring for the community. In addition to stories of persistence, of triumph, and of pain, the Jewish community’s unceasing focus on helping others is a lesson well-taken in this dark moment in Pittsburgh’s history.
 
Caring for Community Tours will focus on two History Center exhibitions, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation and the Special Collections Gallery.
 
These tours are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is encouraged due to limited space.
 
Upcoming tours:
 
** To access other History Center exhibitions on Sunday, Nov. 4, regular museum admission applies.
 
Upcoming Events
 
  • Hear from “First Man” author and co-producer James R. Hansen on Nov. 1.
  • Take an exclusive Insider Tour of Meadowcroft Rockshelter with James M. Adovasio, Ph.D., lead archaeologist on the site, on Nov. 3. This program is supported by Range Resources.
  • Discover the history of Italian Prisoners of War in Pennsylvania, 1944-45 in this free program presented by the History Center’s Italian American Program on Nov. 3.
  • Join us at the Frick Environmental Center for a screening of “How They Got Over,” part of the 2018 From Slavery to Freedom Film Series, on Nov. 7.
  • Bestselling author Peter Stark will discuss his new book, “Young Washington,” and his research on America’s founding father that largely took place in Western Pennsylvania on Nov. 7.
  • Honor Veterans Day with a special performance by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Glee Club followed by a flag-folding ceremony on Nov. 11.
  • Hear from the Smithsonian’s pop culture curator Ryan Lintelman as he moderates a panel discussion with colleagues and friends of Fred Rogers called Just the Way You Are: Celebrating Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on Nov. 11.
  • Explore one-of-a-kind stories preserved in the Detre Library & Archives during the fifth annual Treasures in the Archives on Nov. 17.
 
 
On the Blog
 
From George Romero’s zombie legacy to Heinz trivia, learn about Western Pennsylvania history in these latest reads on the History Center blog:
 
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