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Entertainment briefs: History Center hosting special Civil War programs

| Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Fleetwood Mac is (from left) John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham.
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Fleetwood Mac is (from left) John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham.

Three programs through November will provide special looks at the Civil War exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

From 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 2, genealogy lecturer Craig Scott will teach research methods for finding information on ancestors in the Civil War.

At 11 a.m. Nov. 9, a panel of history center professionals will discuss how the Civil War display was put together, including the construction of the 26-foot Rodman Cannon.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16, Jason Snyder from Pittsburgh Tintype Studio will present a talk on the then-ground-breaking technology of tintype photography. Visitors can have their images recorded in tintypes for a fee.

Besides the talks, the center also will have living history presentations on those days.

All the programs are included with admission which is $15, $13 for seniors, $6 for students 6 to 17, and free for those under 5.

Details: 412-454-6000 or www.heinzhistorycenter.org/civilwar

— Bob Karlovits

Carnegie Museums offer free admission

The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in Oakland are offering free admission from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays from Oct. 31 to Nov. 21.

On Oct. 31, the evening includes free treats for children to celebrate Halloween.

At the art museum, the 2013 Carnegie International, which opened early this month, features work from 35 artists in 19 countries.

This week only, check out the natural history museum's exhibit “Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” which closes on Nov. 3. The exhibit, in the RP Simmons Family Gallery, looks at the lesser-known cultural history of the Arabian peninsula. The permanent exhibits, such as DInasoars in our Time, will be open each week.

A flat parking rate of $5 begins at 4 p.m. Details: 412-622-3131 or www.carnegiemuseums.org

— Kellie B. Gormly

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