Andrew E. Masich
Andrew Masich is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Senator John Heinz History Center and teaches Public History: Learning Outside the Classroom and a Western History course titled American Massacres in History and Memory. The History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Professor Masich is the past chairman and still serves on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), Pennsylvania’s official history agency providing archives, museums, and historic preservation programs across the state.
Since 1998, he has provided leadership for Pittsburgh’s nationally acclaimed 370,000 square-foot History Center and history museum system, which includes the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum; Detre Library & Archives; Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, the oldest site of human habitation in North America, located in Avella, Pa.; the Fort Pitt Museum; and most recently, the nine-story Museum Conservation Center adjoining the History Center in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.
The History Center has been recognized for its award-winning exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Professor Masich has forged strategic partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Allegheny Conference for Community Development, Boy Scouts of America, VisitPittsburgh, and American Association for State and Local History. He currently chairs the City of Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission (1816-2016), celebrating Pittsburgh’s past, present, and future.
Professor Masich also serves on the editorial board of the National Council on Public History (NCPH). A recognized authority on the preservation and creative interpretation of history, he has been a faculty member of the prestigious Seminar for Historical Administration and an American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Accreditation Commissioner. His lively lectures on subjects ranging from American Indians to American innovation have entertained and educated audiences from coast to coast. His popular presentations include “Unknown Stories of the Civil War,” “History of Innovation,” “Young George Washington,” “Lighten Up!” (humor therapy for directors and other humor impaired museum professionals), and “History Museum Vampires: How to Suck the Life (and fun) Out of Your Museum.” He makes regular television appearances on KDKA (CBS), including the popular “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” programs, and WQED (PBS), where he has won Emmys for his historical documentaries, and as an expert for a variety of national media outlets.
He has authored or co-authored award-winning books including Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook of Coups and Combat (University Press of Colorado, 1997) a Choice Academic Book of the Year 1997; Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent - Caught Between the Worlds of the Indian and the White Man (Da Capo Press, 2004), winner of the Colorado Book Award; and The Civil War in Arizona: The Story of the California Volunteers, 1861-1865 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2006), named Southwest Book of the Year, and Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL (a collaboration with Dan Rooney and David Halaas, was a New York Times bestseller). His latest work, Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, 1861-67 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017) has received the A. M. Pate Award for the Best Civil War Book on the Trans Mississippi West and has been recognized by the Border Regional Library Association as a Southwest Book of the Year. His chapter contribution, “Alonzo E. Davis,” also recently appeared in Janne Lahti’s Soldiers in the Southwest Borderlands: Common Men and Violence (University of Oklahoma Press, 2017).
EducationPh.D.: Carnegie Mellon University, 2014
- Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat, with David F. Halaas, et al., University Press of Colorado (1997).
- Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent: Caught Between the Worlds of the Indian and the White Man, with David F. Halaas, DaCapo Press (2004).
- The Civil War in Arizona: The Story of the California Volunteers, 1861-65, University of Oklahoma Press (2006).
- Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL, with David F. Halaas and Dan Rooney, DaCapo Press (2007).
- Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands, 1861-67, University of Oklahoma Press (2017).
- Public History: Learning Outside the Classroom
- American Massacres in History and Memory
Department Member Since: 2014