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Pittsburghese, by the staff of the Heinz History Center

Pittsburghese From Ahrn to Yinz

The complete guide to Pittsburghese written by the staff of the Heinz History Center. This little book is a charming, humorous guide to a local dialect that is cherished. It’s a handy resource to speaking or interpreting the language of a Yinzer. Yinz guys need to check this aht, n’at.

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Kennywood: Behind the Screams

Kennywood: Behind the Screams, Pocket Edition takes long-time fans and new visitors on a walking tour through Kennywood by exploring the history at each ride and attraction. Founded in 1898, the park has layers of history that tell of changing architecture, entertainment, and regional history, all brought to life by more than 300 vintage photos — many never-before-seen and in color.  This “pocket-sized” edition is the first of three books exploring Kennywood, Luna, and other regional parks; look for a coffee-table edition in 2018.

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Pittsburgh Born and Bred

Pittsburgh Born, Pittsburgh Bred

Celebrate 500 influential Pittsburghers who have created a legacy for our region like no other place in the world. Pittsburgh Born, Pittsburgh Bred, published by the History Center, features the artists and athletes, industrialists and inventors, scientists and philanthropists who have shaped our region. No Pittsburgh book collection should be without this one!

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Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History

Pennsylvania fulfilled its role as the Keystone State when the Civil War erupted in 1861. Its large size and varied economy contributed 315,000 men and more munitions than any other state, while on the home front, women and children tended to vast farms and filled factory jobs. The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History presents for the first time in a single volume the story of the war’s impact on the state as told through photographs. Hundreds of images from private collections offer a rare glimpse of images over the past 150 years.

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Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History
Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience, Samuel W Black

Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African American Experience

The complete guide to Pittsburghese written by the staff of the Heinz History Center. This little book is a charming, humorous guide to a local dialect that is cherished. It’s a handy resource to speaking or interpreting the language of a Yinzer. Yinz guys need to check this aht, n’at.

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Glass: Shattering Notions

Before Pittsburgh was the Steel City, it was the Glass City. By 1902, the region had more than 100 glass factories. By 1920, the larger Ohio Valley was producing 80 percent of the national output.

This richly illustrated volume offers new insights into the beauty, science, utility, and technology of Western Pennsylvania’s 200-year-old glass industry. The story of glass on a local and national scale is told through numerous personal and business histories. Also featured are 33 short profiles of selected glass firms. Includes an introduction by Philip Scranton, Kranzberg Professor of History at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Glass: Shattering Notions, Anne Madarasz
Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires: The British, French and Indian War 1754 – 1763, accompanies the groundbreaking History Center exhibition by the same name. Author Scott Stephenson spent more than a decade locating art, objects, and manuscripts that tell the story of this colorful and dramatic era in history, what Winston Churchill referred to as “the first world war.”

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Soul Soldiers

Even as African American men and women headed to Vietnam to fight for their country and to show their patriotism, they faced racism in the ranks, as did their families on the home front. This stunning book, which accompanies a traveling exhibit, looks at black life through the eyes of vets during the Civil Rights era by bringing together artifacts, poetry, fiction, oral histories, art, and riveting recollections that recall the horrors of war, the complexities of race, and the duality of African American life. With a foreword by Albert French, author of Patches of Fire, this book captures the spirit of the African American Vietnam experience and highlights the literary expression of Vietnam vets.

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Soul Soldiers, edited by Samuel W Black
Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation

Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation

This commemorative edition publication features the History Center’s long-term exhibition, Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation. It includes a personal look at the amazing innovators who have changed our world over the past 250 years, from George Westinghouse and Andrew Carnegie to Rachel Carson and Jonas Salk. Authors include History Center curators Anne Madarasz, Lauren Uhl, Emily Ruby, Samuel Black, Nicholas Ciotola, and Rachel Colker.

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Maz, You’re Up!

Commemorate one of the greatest moments in baseball history with this entertaining children’s book focusing on the 1960 World Series. Kelly Mazeroski, Bill Mazeroski’s daughter-in-law, was inspired to write the book after the birth of her first son.

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Maz, You're Up!, Kelly Mazeroski
Planemakers of Western Pennsylvania and Environs

Planemakers of Western Pennsylvania and Environs

This informative, thoroughly researched book, provides new insights into the lives of early 19th century planemakers in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area – America’s first major inland industrial center.

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