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Hero Dogs of Western Pennsylvania

Hero Dogs of Western Pennsylvania

When: Sunday, August 4, 2013, 11 am-2 pm
Where: Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman Street,Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Heinz History Center to Host “Hero Dogs” at Special Event

Service. Honor. Commitment. Biscuits? In conjunction with its new Pennsylvania’s Civil War exhibition, the Senator John Heinz History Center will explore the history of canines in the Civil War and welcome dozens of local service, working, and therapy dogs from agencies throughout the region as part of a special Hero Dogs of Western Pa. event on Sun., Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy presentations with service animals on the History Center’s fifth floor Mueller Center, including demonstrations on how arson detection dogs demonstrate search for evidence at the scene of a fire and how therapy dogs provide emotional and physical support at hospitals and medical facilities.

The event will also feature a curator talk where visitors will learn more about Dog Jack, a brown and white mixed bull terrier who served in Company F of the 102nd Pennsylvania Volunteers during the Civil War. Dog Jack’s lifelike museum figure is featured as part of the Pennsylvania’s Civil War exhibit, which showcases Pittsburgh’s role as the “Arsenal of the Union”and the impact that Western Pennsylvanians had on the war both on the battlefield and on the home front.

Visitors who have certified service animals are encouraged to bring them into the museum for this special event. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the History Center welcomes service animals year-round at the museum.

For more information, please contact Sarah Rooney at 412-454-6373 or Heinz History Center

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