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History Center exhibits some of Pittsburgh area innovations


October 28, 2008

In celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary, the Senator John Heinz History Center will open a new exhibition, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation, that traces Western Pennsylvania's indelible imprint on both our nation and our world.

Set to open November 8, the two-story, long-term exhibition spans more than 16,000 square-feet, highlights our region's contributions to art, medicine, industry, education, sports, technology and much more.

Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation will allow visitors of all ages to learn the definitive Pittsburgh story and enjoy:

• Nearly 30 hands-on activities and more than 30 audio-visual displays;

• Life-like recreations of historic Pittsburghers including Queen Aliquippa, Andrew Carnegie, and Rosie the Riveter;

• A high-tech, interactive conversation with a “virtual” George Westinghouse, created in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University, to discuss his lifetime of innovations;

• A recreation of the Crawford Grill, Pittsburgh's premier jazz club, and a celebration of some of history's most prominent jazz stars, including George Benson, Billy Strayhorn, Stanley Turrentine, and Mary Lou Williams; and

• A “House of Today” that provides a sneak peak into green building techniques and the Pittsburgh innovations that will improve our lives in the 21st century.

The exhibit also features hundreds of Pittsburgh firsts that have shaped the world from Jonas Salk's polio vaccine and George Ferris' gigantic revolving wheel to Frank Conrad's first commercial radio station and Thomas Starzl's first successful liver transplant.

Learn more about the exhibit, the History Center's hours and fees, at www.


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