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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 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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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.

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