Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
June 14, 2018

Don’t Tread on Me: The Flag of Colonel John Proctor’s 1st Battalion of Westmoreland County, Pa.

One of the rarest objects from the American Revolution resides at the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park. We’re taking a closer look at the famous standard of Colonel John Proctor’s 1st Battalion of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, one of the first military units formed west of the Allegheny Mountains.

June 13, 2018

Prehistoric Hunting and the Atlatl

The atlatl (pronounced at-lat-tul) was ubiquitous. This simple weapon was a vital part of the prehistoric toolkit. Prehistoric people certainly understood its mechanical advantage over a spear thrown only with the hand. The atlatl is a launching stick.

June 4, 2018

Prohibition’s Legacy in Pennsylvania

The Keystone State is known for having some of the strictest alcohol laws in the U.S. Where did Pennsylvania’s liquor laws come from, and why are they so strict compared to other states? A look at the gubernatorial administrations of Gifford Pinchot provides some answers.

May 30, 2018

Making Meadowcroft: From Camp to Village

The process of turning Meadowcroft from a recreational camp into a museum is well documented in a collection of work journals founder Albert Miller kept as the Millers, farm staff, volunteers, and contractors gradually built a memorial to their Cross Creek ancestors.

May 28, 2018

The Last Letters

These vignettes use last letters from the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives to commemorate the lives of four soldiers who were killed in the line of duty. This post is adapted from a talk given by Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives Director Eric Lidji on May 27, 2018 at the Homewood Cemetery as part of a Memorial Day program.