Carnegie Mellon University

Heinz history Center

November 09, 2018

Heinz History Center Collection

Bradley Smith
Kim Roberts

History Center’s Detre Library & Archives Collecting Materials From
Tree of Life Synagogue Tragedy

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 2, 2018 – In response to the Tree of Life synagogue tragedy in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, the Senator John Heinz History Center has announced a collecting initiative. The History Center’s Detre Library & Archives and Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives have established a special web page to collect materials that document the global response to the tragedy.

“This terrible event promises to be a deeply consequential moment in American Jewish history,” said Eric Lidji, Director, Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives. “We must make sure that we document the global response to the fullest extent, so that future generations will be able to analyze what happened here and hopefully understand what it meant.”

As efforts take place to memorialize the victims and to aid survivors and their families and communities, the History Center will document moments of healing, giving, protest, and solidarity from all over the world and from here in Western Pa. A selection of materials gathered will be preserved at the History Center and made available for open research.

The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives is collecting both digital content (images, social media, video recordings, typed recollections) and physical items (programs, signs, transcripts of speeches, commemorative objects) from memorials and civic engagements both locally and internationally.

To contribute, please visit and click on "Responding to the Tree of Life Tragedy" link or e-mail for more information.

The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region’s remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. The History Center and Sports Museum are located at 1212 Smallman Street in the city’s Strip District, and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center’s museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, Pa. in Washington County. More information is available at

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