Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
July 19, 2017

Picturing Protest: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877

Sometime after July 22, 1877, Pittsburgh photographer S. V. Albee captured an extraordinary series of photographs. Picturing burnt machinery and twisted debris, Albee documented the local aftermath of what scholars consider the first national labor action in the United States - the Great Railroad Strike of 1877.

July 10, 2017

The Homestead Steel Strike: Perspective on the Past

A lithograph in the History Center’s collection provides an interesting perspective on the unfolding of events in the steel strike on July 6, 1892. In title and in imagery it makes clear the viewpoint of the artist. Titled, Great Battle of Homestead, Defeat & Capture of the Pinkerton Invaders July 6th 1892 it features a large central image surrounded by five smaller vignettes.

July 4, 2017

Washington, Lincoln, and the Fourth of July in Pennsylvania

In July, my thoughts inevitably turn patriotic. I can’t help it. Living in Pennsylvania, I am reminded of momentous events of July’s past and the people who made history.

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.

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.