Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
August 25, 2017

Book Reviews: Summer 2017

In addition to the book reviews available in the Summer 2017 issue of Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, we also feature additional exclusive online book reviews. The book reviewed here is "Butterflies of Pennsylvania: A Field Guide" by James L. Monroe & David M. Wright.

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August 4, 2017

American Culinary Tastes Over Time

It’s impossible to encapsulate all of America’s history in only a few prepared dishes. By examining changes in taste through recipes published in cookery books, however, we gain a sense of how American cuisine emerged and evolved from the 18th century to the present.

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August 2, 2017

Putting Faces to Names: Exploring Italian American Identity with Photo IDs

The Joseph D’Andrea Papers and Photographs contains many visually striking documents, including marriage licenses, ornate military documents, scrapbooks, and newspaper clippings.

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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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