Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
February 16, 2017

Breaking Down Barriers: Paul Lawrence Peeler and the Pittsburgh Public Schools

As Pittsburgh's public school system's first full-time African American educator, Paul Lawrence Peeler was a pioneer in black education.

February 14, 2017

The Spencer Family Valentine Hunt

In the early 1900s on the corner of Amberson and Dahlia Avenues in Shadyside, an eclectic Valentine’s Day tradition thrived in the household of a local Pittsburgh middle class family.

February 1, 2017

A Jazz Legacy: Mary Lou Williams

As an American jazz hub during the 1930s, Pittsburgh propelled one musician - Mary Lou Williams - to break jazz’s all-male barrier and become one of the most innovative artists of all time.

January 25, 2017

Picture, Picture on the Wall: A Brief History of Early Photography

Photography’s broad appeal is one of the things that makes it such an indelible part of modern society. It’s also something that cultural critics on occasion repeatedly bemoaned as the technology of picture-taking opened up and crossed from the boundaries of art and science into the realm of mass-entertainment.

January 23, 2017

Book Reviews: Winter 2016-17

In addition to the book reviews available in the Winter 2016-17 issue of Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, we also feature additional exclusive online book reviews. The book reviewed here is "Abandoned Pittsburgh 1: Portraits of the Steel City’s Forgotten Past," by Chuck Beard.