Western Pennsylvania History Magazine

Western Pennsylvania History has presented scholarship for a broad audience since 1918 as the region’s oldest continually-published magazine. History Center members receive a free subscription to this award-winning quarterly publication.

Current Issue

Western Pennsylvania History Fall 2017The Fall 2017 issue of Western Pennsylvania History includes feature articles on:

  • Alice Bennet’s efforts to provide psychological help to victims of the 1889 Johnstown Flood
  • Oscar-winning songwriters from Western Pennsylvania
  • The Allegheny County Commissioners who were jailed for refusing to enact a property tax in 1860

As well as columns about:

  • Whimsical themes carved on early American powder horns
  • The Breathe Pennsylvania Records
  • The Hill District’s Labor Lyceum building
  • Connelly Trade School’s recent transformation into the Energy Innovation Center
  • Father Cox’s many religious pilgrimages
  • Mary Cardwell Dawson and the National Negro Opera Company

You can purchase a copy of the current issue online in the History Center’s e-store.

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Back Issues: 1918 – 2014

Thanks to a unique partnership with Penn State University, every issue of Western Pennsylvania History from 1918 through 2014 is now available online as fully searchable PDFs.

Read back issues of the magazine online.

Content list for back issues 2002 – present.


Current issues of Western Pennsylvania History magazine are available for $7.95 in the Museum Shop, online shop, or by phone at 412-454-6300, and are mailed to all History Center members, who may choose between the print version an an e-version. For a sample of the e-mag that members can choose to receive, click here. A selection of back issues are available for $4.95 per magazine.

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Magazine Submission Guidelines

Please download this PDF to read the submission guidelines for Western Pennsylvania History Magazine.