Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
September 20, 2017

Manufacturing Thrills: The Legacy of Western Pennsylvania’s Roller Coaster Pioneers

The photograph of Pittsburgh-based T. M. Harton Company’s Scenic Auto-Dip is a great reminder of the remarkable legacy of multiple people from this region who manufactured the thrilling ups and downs of roller coaster rides well into the 20th century.

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September 8, 2017

The Fabric of America

An understanding of our history is key to making sense of our past and making plans for the future. While the first American rebellion (1776) began with the pulling down of King George’s statue, the second rebellion (1861) saw the striking of the Stars and Stripes of the United States. The rebels, believing themselves to be continuing the traditions of their fathers, reconstructed the flag by re-sewing the stripes of red, white, and blue as the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy.

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September 8, 2017

Remembering the Island Queen

The fiery end of the Island Queen became part of Pittsburgh lore, one of the most dramatic moments in the city’s history. But lost in the pathos of that day was the Island Queen’s larger story, a history that linked the boat to the earliest days of western river steamboats and Pittsburgh’s own riverine heritage.

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September 6, 2017

Last Ride of Summer: West View Park and the Nostalgia for Lost Amusement Parks

In September 1977, West View Park closed for the last time. What is it about lost amusement parks that evokes such nostalgia?

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August 30, 2017

See the Jeep as a Lady

Created of necessity on the eve of World War II, the versatile combat vehicle that became known the world over as the “Jeep” demonstrated the best American ingenuity had to offer. The jeep’s evolution as a civilian vehicle reflected rapidly advancing American technology and the changing society of the post-war boom years.

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