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Illustration: Sam Falconer

Charles “Teenie” Harris, Children at play, street no. 8, c. 1960, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Big Picture

Summer in Pittsburgh, c. 1960. Charles “Teenie” Harris (1908–1998) photographed Pittsburgh’s African American community from 1935 to 1975. His archive of nearly 80,000 images, housed at Carnegie Museum of Art, is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today

Face Time

Heather Tomko

Heather Tomko

In her lifestyle blog, Heather Tomko shares hot takes on style and Pittsburgh coffee shops, mixed in with personal details of living with spinal muscular atrophy, a rare genetic neuromuscular disease. Using a wheelchair for mobility, Tomko’s goal is to show how her life is different, and not so different, from those of other people. After a frustrating ordeal trying to find an accessible restaurant on a Saturday night in New York City, Tomko returned home with a mission to create change. Three short years later, the 31-year-old is a full-fledged public health and disability rights activist.

Inside the Museums

Easily one of the coolest—and most unique—experiences at Carnegie Museum of Natural History is peering inside its fossil preparation laboratory, PaleoLab. It’s a literal window to where scientific preparators, depending on the task, patiently and meticulously clean, chip, scrape, sculpt, or even super-glue together the fossils and fossil replicas of prehistoric behemoths—all while the public curiously looks on.