Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
April 5, 2017

Advocacy on Record: The Collection of the ACC-PARC

In powerful and profound ways, the archival records of human rights advocates stand as essential evidence of their efforts to affect positive change in society. The letters, notes, reports, photographs, and news articles are all a part of a path into the heart and history of a movement. The History Center’s Detre Library & Archives holds one such collection, generated by a small but dedicated group of local advocates. The records of the Allegheny County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Retarded Children (ACC-PARC) vividly capture a watershed moment in Western Pennsylvania’s Disability Advocacy Movement.

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March 31, 2017

Rodman’s Big Gun

The largest cannon of the Civil War was a monstrous 20-inch caliber ship killer designed by Thomas Jackson Rodman—one of America’s most innovative and productive ordnance experts.

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March 22, 2017

Could this be the oldest photograph of a Pittsburgher? … Maybe.

You never know what you will find at the Detre Library & Archives. I was in the process of conducting genealogical research for a story and came across an envelope of unidentified photos in the McClelland Family Papers and Photographs.

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March 20, 2017

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: A Portrait of Fred Rogers

For nearly 50 years, Mister Rogers’ messages of kindness, compassion, and learning have inspired audiences around the world.

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March 16, 2017

The St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936

On St. Patrick’s Day in 1936, an unlucky downpour resulted in one of our region’s worst natural disasters.

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