Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
July 26, 2017

The Girls of Summer: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

Just as World War II impacted the political, social, and cultural life of the nation, so too did it impact sport in America. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League emerged, beginning in 1943 and lasting until 1954. The League changed the face of America’s pastime.

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July 21, 2017

Locating Luna Park

This excerpt from Luna: Pittsburgh’s Original Lost Kennywood, follows Frederick Ingersoll in choosing a site to build Luna Park after his first two deals fell through. Late in 1904 he settled on the Aspinwall estate, a mysterious old house on the wooded eastern slope of Herron Hill, a couple blocks from today’s Bloomfield Bridge.

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July 19, 2017

Picturing Protest: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Sometime after July 22, 1877, Pittsburgh photographer S. V. Albee captured an extraordinary series of photographs. Picturing burnt machinery and twisted debris, Albee documented the local aftermath of what scholars consider the first national labor action in the United States - the Great Railroad Strike of 1877.

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July 10, 2017

The Homestead Steel Strike: Perspective on the Past

A lithograph in the History Center’s collection provides an interesting perspective on the unfolding of events in the steel strike on July 6, 1892. In title and in imagery it makes clear the viewpoint of the artist. Titled, Great Battle of Homestead, Defeat & Capture of the Pinkerton Invaders July 6th 1892 it features a large central image surrounded by five smaller vignettes.

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July 4, 2017

Washington, Lincoln, and the Fourth of July in Pennsylvania

In July, my thoughts inevitably turn patriotic. I can’t help it. Living in Pennsylvania, I am reminded of momentous events of July’s past and the people who made history.

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