Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
May 24, 2017

Cannonballs Unearthed at the Allegheny Arsenal

A backhoe operator excavating the site of Pittsburgh’s Allegheny Arsenal for the construction of new apartments recently discovered hundreds of Civil War-era cannonballs. The contractor alerted the bomb squad and precautions were taken to keep residents near 39th and Foster streets safe from the 150-year-old artillery projectiles. But what are these balls made of, how did they get there and how dangerous are they?

May 23, 2017

Book Reviews: Spring 2017

In addition to the book reviews available in the Spring 2017 issue of Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, we also feature additional exclusive online book reviews. The book reviewed here is "Civil War in the Southwest Borderlands," by Andrew E. Masich.

May 17, 2017

Investigating the Ray Sprigle Papers and Photographs

By the 1950s, the colorful and opinionated Ray Sprigle had cemented his reputation as a reporter willing to fight for the underdog. A reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since the paper’s inception in 1927, Sprigle wrote exposés on conditions in mental hospitals and coal mines, illegal gambling operations, and the black market for meat during World War II. Sprigle often went undercover in pursuit of his stories, donning disguises and assuming bogus identities.

May 12, 2017

Chief Glenna Wallace: First Female Chief of the Eastern Shawnee

At last year’s Women's History Seminar, Chief Glenna Wallace described the struggles of her tribe as well as the obstacles she faced as the first female chief of the Eastern Shawnee.

May 10, 2017

Redd Up Pittsburgh!

As May 10 rolls around, it’s time to give a nod to National Clean Up Your Room Day, or as Pittsburghers might say, Redd Up Your Room Day. This annual day encourages everyone to gather the cleaning supplies and tidy up around the house. Get cleaning, Pittsburgh!