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1879 Founders' Circle Dinner gives preview of Sigo Falk Collections Center

| Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, 7:03 p.m.
Hosts David and Wendy Barensfeld were among the guests at the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Hosts David and Wendy Barensfeld were among the guests at the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Heinz History Center president and CEO Andy Masich joins Sigo Falk during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Heinz History Center president and CEO Andy Masich joins Sigo Falk during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Mark and Catherine Loevner were among the guests attending the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Mark and Catherine Loevner were among the guests attending the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Alvaro and Sandy Garcia-Tunon follow the signs at  the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Alvaro and Sandy Garcia-Tunon follow the signs at the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Jim and Jennifer Martin were among the guests attending the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Jim and Jennifer Martin were among the guests attending the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Matt Ferrante entertains during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Matt Ferrante entertains during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Joy and Dr. Thomas Starzl were among the guests attending the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District on Nov. 21, 2014.
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Joy and Dr. Thomas Starzl were among the guests attending the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District on Nov. 21, 2014.
Guests chats before dinner during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Guests chats before dinner during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Swanson School of Engineering dean Jerry Holder joins his wife, Diane, during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Swanson School of Engineering dean Jerry Holder joins his wife, Diane, during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Les and Denise Snyder  were among the guests attending the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Les and Denise Snyder were among the guests attending the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Heinz History Center researcher Samuel Black joins Jackie Dixon during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Heinz History Center researcher Samuel Black joins Jackie Dixon during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Sigo Falk listens to opening remarks during  the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Sigo Falk listens to opening remarks during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
Guests listen to opening remarks during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.
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Guests listen to opening remarks during the 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Nov. 21, 2014.

Leave it to the Senator John Heinz History Center to host an intimate party for its most esteemed supporters that would end with everyone's jaw on the floor.

The 1879 Founders' Circle Dinner began innocently enough on Nov. 21 for 120 guests, including prez Andy Masich and his wife, Debbie, board chair Bill andSandy Lambert, hosts David and Wendy Barensfeld, Catherine and Mark Loevner, Bev andSteve Elliott, Dr.Thomas and Joy Starzl, Laura Ellsworth, and Jackie Dixon.

But it was a preview of the Sigo Falk Collections Center that was responsible for the collective wow heard echoing throughout the evening. Tucked inside the newly renovated, nine-story, 55,000-square-foot Museum Conservation Center adjacent to the main building were delightful snippets of the museum's stored collection of goodies. From fashion to function, the treasures reinforce the history center's reputation as a world-class attraction and darling of the Smithsonian Institution.

“Our mission is to help people understand the past, to make good decisions about today and plans for the future,” Masich said.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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