Senator John Heinz History Center

Senator John Heinz History Center
March 30
5:30—8:30 p.m.

Throwback Thursday is not just for your Instagram feed anymore.

Embrace all things retro, add some nostalgia to your happy hour and explore the history of Pittsburgh via photographic images at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Thursdays nights in March are for the 21+ set thanks to a new after-hours series launched by the Strip District-based destination.

Throwbackers will enjoy exclusive access to the History Center’s new exhibition #Pixburgh, which features some 400 photographs that have never before been displayed to the public. Showcasing the Smithsonian-affiliated museum’s vast collection of historic and archival photographs, Pixburgh presents a compelling visual history of our region—from one of the very first “selfies” taken in 1882, to antique daguerreotypes, archival prints, modern snapshots and Polaroids, contemporary digital images and more.

Put down that smartphone and play carefree games of yesteryear, such as UNO, Monopoly and LIFE, and then test your skills—and your patience—assembling larger-than-life-size puzzles made from popular #Pixburgh photos.

Head to the retro dessert table to satisfy the cravings of your inner child with old school treats like Zebra Cakes and Twinkies.

Compete in selfie scavenger hunts, make your own #Pixburgh buttons to wear, and groove to timeless tunes spun by DJ MB. The event will also feature a cash bar.

The March 16 installment of Throwback Thursday will also feature a special gallery talk by Pittsburgh-based photographer Chancelor Humphrey, founder of Keep Pittsburgh Dope. Join Humphrey at 7 p.m. in the #Pixburgh exhibit, where his work is featured in the show’s Through the Lens section. Humphrey will talk about what inspires him, and about “being fearless when it comes to sharing art with the world on social media.”

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Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...