Past Programs & Events 

Here you will find a list of the events and programs that we have hosted in the past. We will provide relevant resources, links and other information with each events. For our upcoming events, please visit this webpage. 

March 2022

Trash Treasures & Monongahela Resilience with Allegheny CleanWays 

Allegheny CleanWays vision is a clean, beautiful, and safe county for everyone. Join us at the Heritage Center to hear about their work with land and river cleanups and to learn about some of their trash treasurers! We will be joined by Allegheny CleanWays Hannah Homan, Water-based and Education Program Coordinator and Erica Pasquali, DumpBuster Crew Member, who will share their stories, their work, and how to get involved. (March 23, 2022)

April 2022

Yoga with Ralph at the Heritage Center

Our first yoga session at the Heritage Center! McKeesport native, Yoga Ralph, will take us through a beginners yoga session. This session will have options for the new and experienced yogi. Ralph will also give us a little history of yoga lesson! Registration is encouraged but not required. Please bring a mat, water and wear comfortable clothing. (April 2, 2022)

Steel Boats and Iron Men

Join us to hear from Bob MacPherson, retired U.S. Navy Submariner, who will share the history of the cold-war era submarines and the men that manned the vessels.  (April 7, 2022)

History of the Negro Leagues in the Mon Valley 

African Americans have been playing baseball since the 1860s. Teams were formed in Western Pennsylvania as early as the 1870s. But the heyday of Negro League or Black baseball was the 20th century – from 1910 to 1950. In Greater Pittsburgh, two significant teams developed – The Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Both teams were franchises in the Negro League, formed by Rube Foster in 1920.  Both fielded Hall of Fame players. And both teams were the pride of African Americans in Pittsburgh. Join us to hear from Samuel Black, the Director of African American Programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center. (April 21, 2022)

May 2022

Paint Party 

Join us at the Heritage Center for a fundraiser paint party! You will be guided through painting on a 11x14 canvas to create a painting that can be displayed at home or even given as a homemade gift! All supplies will be provided. Learn more. (May 13, 2022)

Lost Amusement Parks of Western Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley

From Europe to the United States, amusement parks have historically served as community gathering places where folks of different heritage and social class enjoyed outdoor recreation, thrills and entertainment. The confluence of several factors spurred the growth of picnic groves and amusement parks in post-Civil War America: developing industries, expanding transportation systems, evolving technology and increased leisure time for the middle and working classes. Western Pennsylvania was a prime example of this as dozens of parks sprung up along electric streetcar lines, on the outskirts of towns, and in scenic rural areas during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, serving as respites from the daily grind – and even grime – of urban life. As part of her research for a forthcoming book on lost amusement parks, author Jennifer Sopko will share fascinating stories and images of some of the long-gone recreation spots around Western Pennsylvania’s Monongahela Valley, including Olympia Park in Versailles, Rainbow Gardens in White Oak, Calhoun Park in Lincoln Place, Homestead Park in Homestead, and Eldora Park near Donora.

Date: May 17, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Heritage Center 

Yoga at the Heritage Center

Join us for a beginner-friendly yoga class led by McKeesport Native, Yoga Ralph!

Date & Time: May 21st at 11:00 AM

Location: Heritage Center

June 2022

Flag Day Picnic Lunch -VBC Special Event 

Join the Heritage Center in partnership with the Veterans Breakfast Club on Flag Day for refreshments, a tour of the museum and to hear Veteran's stories. Open to all & free to attend but rsvp is required.

Date: June 14, 2022

Time: Noon - 2 PM

Location: Heritage Center

Heritage Golf Classic

The McKeesport Regional History and Heritage Center's Heritage Golf Classic is an 18-hole Scramble Tournament with an auction, dinner and entertainment. 

Date: June 27, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM 

Location: Butlers Golf Course - Lakeside