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March 31, 2017

Rodman’s Big Gun

The largest cannon of the Civil War was a monstrous 20-inch caliber ship killer designed by Thomas Jackson Rodman—one of America’s most innovative and productive ordnance experts.

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March 22, 2017

Could this be the oldest photograph of a Pittsburgher? … Maybe.

You never know what you will find at the Detre Library & Archives. I was in the process of conducting genealogical research for a story and came across an envelope of unidentified photos in the McClelland Family Papers and Photographs.

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October 19, 2016

Reading the Menus

Even before reading the text on one small document, the three satiny bows binding its pages - one red, one white, one blue - suggest that its message might be something patriotic. Learn about this historic menu and others in the Detre Library & Archives' newly indexed collection of special-events menus from our region's political, social, religious, corporate, and sports celebrations.

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