Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
June 21, 2017

Becoming American: The Rajcan Story

Many immigrants have a familiar story to tell about their experiences—a new land and language, unrelenting hard work, becoming Americans while keeping native traditions, and often tragedy. The Rajcan family embodied all of these and more.

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June 16, 2017

Local Families, Global Mysteries: Offering Hope and Haven to German Jews

The Eric Moses papers also speak to the difficulty in arranging Jewish emigration from Germany and other European countries. While Marcia escaped Russian- and Japanese-occupied China before the outbreak of World War II, Eric Moses was working to get Jews out of Germany during the height of Hitler’s power.

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June 14, 2017

Local Families, Global Mysteries: Tangled Family Ties, Linking Pittsburgh & Manchuria

The narrative of the Marcia Robbins collection has all the hallmarks of an epic novel: full of lost love, political intrigue, wild speculation, and an around-the-world journey to reunite with a missing father.

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June 7, 2017

The Real Johnny Appleseed

Through centuries of American storytelling, the name Johnny Appleseed has become synonymous with the fortitude and bravery attributed to early American pioneers. While there are many conflicting versions of the legendary story, the real Johnny Appleseed was a man named John Chapman who frequented Western Pa.

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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?

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