Back Issue Contents

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2016

Summer 2016

  • Astronomer John Brashear’s forgotten time capsule and its contents
  • Western Pennsylvania’s energy sources fueling change in the region
  • A look back at Pittsburgh in 1816 for the bicentennial of its incorporation as a city
  • Fort Pitt’s food supply during the flood of 1762
  • The Banker’s Brother’s pioneering automobile company
  • The Maxo Vanka murals of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church
  • Fighting crime with tear gas nightsticks in the 1920s
  • Boxer Ezzard Charles versus “Jersey” Joe Walcott at Forbes Field

Spring 2016

  • A Pittsburgh perspective on childhood and toys
  • Preview of the Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s exhibit at the History Center
  • Carried in comfortable coaches, early road transportation
  • A Recreation Park photo comes to light from the John Brashear time capsule
  • The bits and pieces of scrapbook memory
  • Architecture of Saints Peter and Paul Church in East Liberty
  • Hollywood movie filming in Harmony, PA
  • Three Rivers Improvement and Development Corporation (TRIAD)
  • Tuscan immigration to Pittsburgh
  • Go outside and play at Pittsburgh playgrounds
  • Pinball machines and arcade games

Winter 2015-2016

  • Thomas Jackson Rodman and the largest cannon made for the Civil War
  • The life of an Italian American grandmother
  • Isaac Broome and the first Civil War monument in Allegheny County
  • Indian massacre at Gnadenhutten and its survivors
  • Disc golf in Pittsburgh
  • Western Pa.’s Disability Advocacy Movement
  • The Smithsonian’s Westinghouse GP-7 radio transmitter
  • Cedar Avenue house renovation on the North Side
  • Pittsburgh Police polygraph examiner Joseph Modispacher
  • Jubilee of Freemen celebrating the ratification of the 15th Amendment

2015

Fall 2015

  • The life of Mary Schenley and her legacy in Pittsburgh
  • The Westinghouse Atom Smasher and Forest Hills community
  • Early air mail delivery and Clarion’s Aero Field
  • Discovery of Meadowcroft Rockshelter
  • The Westinghouse Time Capsule
  • War bond poster featuring local Marine Corps. Sargent Michael Strank at Iwo Jima
  • William Croghan, Jr.’s Pic Nic house
  • Telling WWII Stories
  • Pittsburgher’s couture clothing made by Charles Worth
  • WWII experiences of Italian American Donato Ruberto

Summer 2015

  • Indians, colonists, and captivity on the frontier
  • Rich Engler recalls life as a concert promoter
  • Pirates pitcher Mark Baldwin in the 1892 Battle of Homestead
  • The Jeep—An American Original
  • Logan’s War on the frontier
  • The Hill District’s Satellites Softball Team
  • Jacob Evanson: folk song catcher
  • Helen Richey’s pilot log
  • “Rosebank” Colonial Revival house in Point Breeze
  • Teena’s Quilt Shop in Volant
  • Jerry the Ice Delivery Man
  • A WWI African American Field Artillery Regiment

Spring 2015

  • We Can Do It! WWII exhibit highlights
  • La Generazione Più Grande: Italian American Veterans in WWII — Melissa Marinaro
  • Regards to All My Friends — Leslie Przybylek
  • Carrying the Flame: Zippo Lighters during the Depression, into World War II, and on the Beach at Normandy — Tim Ziaukas
  • The 1940s: The Best of Times — Larry Glasco
  • A Pittsburgh Judge’s Path to Nuremberg and Back — Thomas White

2014

Winter 2014/2015

  • Passenger Pigeons and Medowcroft– David Scofield
  • Pittsburgh’s Forgotten Radical, Jacob Margolis – Richard Gazarik
  • When Commuters Took the Train – Paul Roth with Patricia Finkel

Fall 2014

  • H.J. Heinz and his early innovations – Brian Butko
  • Stephen Foster – Kathryn Miller Haines
  • Percival Prattis and the “Pittsburgh Courier” – Charles A. Rosenberg

Summer 2014

  • Skybus – Ed Reis
  • Wizard of Oz in the Oilfields? – Tim Ziaukas
  • Women & the Civic Club of Allegheny County – Lauren Churilla

Spring 2014

  • Treasures of the Steamboat Arabia – Leslie Przybylek
  • The 1890 Pirates and how they got their name – Craig Britcher
  • Railroaded: The Fort Pitt Block House – Emily M. Weaver

2013

Winter 2013/2014

  • Pittsburgh Under Siege: History meets Hollywood – Michael Burke
  • WWII Cartoon Correspondence – Tom Powers
  • Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris – Anne Madarasz

Fall 2013

  • Brookville’s Birdman Aviator­ – Carole A. Briggs
  • Cement City: Donora – Brian Charlton
  • Pittsburgh’s Dance Band Era – Paul Roth and Patricia Finkel

Summer 2013

  • The Union’s Forgotten First Defenders – John David Hoptak
  • Waging War Their Own Way: Women and the Civil War in Pennsylvania – Judith Giesberg
  • The Union League of Philadelphia and the Civil War – Barbara J. Mitnick
  • Behind the Scenes of the Allegheny Arsenal Expolsion – Tom Powers and James Wudarczyk
  • All’s Fair: Philadelphia and the Civil War Sanitary Fair – Richard S. Newman
  • The “War History” of Corporal Funk – Matt Masich

Spring 2013

  • The Year that Rocked Pittsburgh, 1968 – Emily Ruby
  • The First Western Pennsylvanians – John Boback
  • Joseph Sibley: The Kootenany Ram of Politics – Lucille Tabler

2012

Winter 2012/13

  • From Slavery to Freedom – Samuel W. Black
  • Black Pittsburgh’s Struggle to Maintain Citizenship Rights, 1790-1838 – Fidel M. Campet
  • Musmanno’s Fury – Richard P. Mulcahy

Fall 2012

  • Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame – Anne Madarasz
  • Cradle of Quarterbacks – Anne Madarasz
  • Horror and Heroism: The Aetna Chemical Explosion – Daniel Prevade

Summer 2012

  • We Are The Ship: Art and Inspiration – Anne Madarasz
  • Theresa O’Brien’s Diary: Love and Devotion Behind the Line – Miriah O’Connor
  • The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History Part 2 – Michael G. Kraus, David M. Neville, and Kenneth C. Turner

Spring 2012

  • The Civil War in Pennsylvania: A Photographic History Part 1 – Michael G. Kraus, David M. Neville, and Kenneth C. Turner
  • The Mystery of the Allegheny Arsenal Cannon Photo – Tom Powers
  • In 7 Battles Civil War – Nicholas P. Ciotola and Kerin Shellenbarger

2011

Winter 2011/12

  • Guyasuta: Warrior, Estate, & Home to Boy Scouts – Edward A. Galloway
  • Quiltmaking in War Time: From 1860 to the Present – Jan Tiernan Rodgers
  • Vanadium: Stained Glass, Helpful Metal – Joel O. Lubenau

Fall 2011

  • Stars & Stripes: An American Story – Kevin Keim, Anne Madarasz, and Andrew Gaerte
  • Pittsburgh: The Fiery Scape Goat for the Country – Perry K. Blatz

Summer 2011

  • Mary Flinn Lawrence: A Machine in Petticoats – Lauren M. Lamendola
  • Sojourns to Cobourg: When Pittsburghers Summered in Ontario – Marsha Ann Tate
  • Pittsburgh Builds a “Brown Water Navy” for the Civil War – Arthur B. Fox

Spring 2011

  • Wagons for War: How Benjamin Franklin Helped Braddock’s March to the Forks – Alan Houston
  • The Amazons of Allegheny: The Fire, the Riot, and the Textile Strike of 1845 – Jason D. Martinek
  • “I do not believe I was born to be shot by an Indian”: Tom McClelland’s Pursuit of Fortune – Betty Bettencourt Dodds

2010

Winter 2010/11

  • Chuck Austin: Musician with a Mission – Robert Gorczyca
  • Model for the Nation: Sale, Slaughter, and Processing at the East Liberty Stockyards – David S. Rotenstein
  • An Officer and a Troubled Gentleman: A Pittsburgher Commands the Buffalo Soldiers – Patricia Finkel with Paul Roth and Kelly Anderson

Fall 2010

  • Shepherding the Steel City Flock – Deirdre Clemente and Elise Canup
  • Saint Anthony’s Chapel: A Hidden Treasure of Saints, Passion, and Faith – Kathleen N. Bishop
  • Trouble Brewing at St. Vincent – Lauren Lamendola

Summer 2010

  • Beat ’Em Bucs: The Story of the 1960 Pirates – Anne Madarasz
  • The Storytellers: The Golden Age of Pittsburgh’s Sportswriters – Richard “Pete” Peterson
  • America’s Toughest Golf Course: Oakmont Country Club, 1903-1922 – Steven Schlossman

Spring 2010

  • America’s Best Weekly: 100 Years of the Pittsburgh Courier – Samuel Black
  • Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena – Sala Udin, Tom Rooney, Robert Shaw Pfaffmann, and Ken Sawyer
  • Getting to Know George Washington – Jeffery H. Schwartz

2009

Winter 2009/10

  • The Building of the Lewis and Clark Boat in Pittsburgh – William K. Brunot
  • Lewis and Clark’s Boat: Barging West – David Purdy
  • County Fair Encounters: A Photo Essay – Richard M. Voelker

Fall 2009

  • Still Scary After All These Years: Mr. Yuk Nears 40 – Christopher McCarrick and Tim Ziaukas
  • Miners Clinics – Bette McDevitt
  • Student Steelworker: Every Job in the Homestead Plant – Ed Sninsky

Summer 2009

  • Lincoln – Terri Blanchette, Nicholas Ciotola, Dale Hershey, Bradley R. Hoch, and Anne Stewart
  • The Horse Era in Pittsburgh – Joel A. Tarr
  • John Brown and the Cambria County Press – Joseph Gibbs
  • The Limits of Acceptable Behavior: The “Arundel Affair” and the Social Gospel in Progressive Pittsburgh – Jeremy Bonner

Spring 2009 (Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation Issue)

  • A Fertile Land for Development
  • Made in Pittsburgh
  • Shaping our Lives at Home and Work
  • Adventures in Innovation
  • A New Foundation
  • Challenges and Opportunities

2008

Winter 2008/09

  • G.C. Murphy’s Store No. 12 (Market Square) – Jason Togyer
  • The Race for the Forks of the Ohio – Burton K. Kummerow
  • Charles Albert Bowdish and his miniature railroad – Carole A. Briggs

Fall 2008

  • Political Views of a Union Soldier – Jonathan E. Helmreich
  • Buck McGovern: I Have Lived History – Bette McDevitt
  • The Early Coeducational Institution as Matchmaker – Candice Buchanan

Summer 2008

  • Making History in the Wilderness – Robert and Kathleen Millward
  • The East End Controversy in the Reformed Presbyterian Church – Richard L. Lindberg
  • The Sedition Trial of Communist Steve Nelson – Robert Gorczyca

Spring 2008

  • A Celebrated, Disillusioned Hungarian Revolutionary’s Visit to Pittsburgh – Steven Vardy
  • Radio X: Guaranteed Not to Contain Any Poisonous Drugs – Bonnie Sanford, John Benitez, Linda Allison, and Daniel Scofield
  • Coke, Clairton, and Cancer: A Three Decade Push for Reforms – Paola Corso

2007

Winter 2007/2008

  • Coal Mining Disasters of December 1907 – Nicholas P. Ciotola
  • Dan Rooney’s 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers – Dan Rooney
  • Mystery of Civil War letters in the attic – Carolyn Wilson

Fall 2007

  • The Destruction of Hanna’s Town, Part II – James B. Richardson III
  • Andrew Carnegie’s reproductions at the Hall of Architecture – Mattie Schloetzer
  • Frank Cowan’s Viking literary hoax – Scott Tribble

Summer 2007

  • Seneca/British Destruction of Hanna’s Town, Part I – James B. Richardson III
  • The Powers Run Insurrection in Pennsylvania’s “oil boom” – Tom Powers
  • Which Road to Fort Duquesne? – Walter R. Borneman

Spring 2007

  • Pittsburgh and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists – Nicholas P. Ciotola
  • Grandmother who entertained WWI troops – Dana Fulton Manges
  • Searching for Western Pennsylvania’s stone iron furnaces – Richard Parks
  • Letters from McClelland family’s crises – Jennifer P. Garner

2006

Winter 2006

  • Soul Soldiers, African Americans in Vietnam – Samuel Black
  • Smoky City Newspaper Series – Patricia Pugh Mitchell
  • Free Men Lose the Vote in Pa., 1838 – Clarke Thomas

Fall 2006

  • First Ladies Exhibition – Kathleen Wendell & Julia Pietsch
  • Mrs. Davis’ House in Sewickley – James Borchert, Ph.D.
  • McCarthyism Hits Home – Robert Gorczyca

Summer 2006

  • Legacy of the Land – David Scofield
  • South American Archaeology Sites – James B. Richardson, III
  • Pine Bank Bridge – Louis C. Martin
  • The Great Journey – J.M. Adovasio
  • Meadowcroft as Shelter – Michael B. Collins
  • Photos by Frank France – Bonnie L. Sanford

Spring 2006

  • Great Flood of 1938 – Anne Madarasz
  • River Rats, 1960s Memoir – Emory MacAlister
  • Nine Mile Run – Zachary Falck & Marijke Hecht
  • Mon River, 1950s-80s Near Maxwell – Robert L. Yarup

2005

Fall 2005

  • Polish Beauty Contest, Remembering Western Pennsylvania’s 1930 Polish Beauty Contest – Dorothy Gray
  • Maximilian of Wied, His Vivid Descriptions of Pittsburgh in an Almost Forgotten Episode – Dietmar Kuegler
  • Living in Paradise, How Pleasant Hills Refused to Join the Cold War – Richard Lindberg

Spring/Summer 2005 – Special edition

  • Clash of Empires, The British, French & Indian War, 1754-1763

Winter 2004/2005 – Special Sports Issue, Including:

  • Pittsburgh: Sports City – Rob Ruck
  • For the Fun of the Game, Sandlot and Semi-Pro Football – Eric Poole
  • The Harris Family And its Ice Capades – Mary A. Biehl
  • In His Own Words, 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist – Nicholas P. Ciotola
  • James A. Dorsey, and the Support of Black Sport in Pittsburgh – Samuel W. Black
  • Wheelmen (and now Women too) – Lauren Uhl

2004

Fall 2004

  • September 11: Collecting and Commemorating a National Tragedy – Nicholas P. Ciotola
  • New Special Collections Gallery – Kathleen Wendell
  • Bring Your Family Tree to Life – Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A.

Summer 2004

  • Local Women Entertain Pittsburgh Audiences – Bette McDevitt
  • Founding of Moon Township – Robert Jockers
  • Battle for the Bridges – Gary Link

Spring 2004

  • Carnegie Hero Fund – Mary Brignano
  • Palmatary Lithograph At Pittsburgh’s Duquesne Club – Bruce M. Wolf
  • From New York to Pittsburgh (But Never Really Leaving) – Paola Corso

2003

Winter 2003/2004

  • Rediscovering Lewis and Clark – David F. Halaas and Andrew Masich
  • Pittsburgh, The Steel and (Once) Motor City – Dr. Peter C. Zubritzky
  • The Early Automobile Industry in Southwestern Pa., 1900-1930 – Charles Lanigan

Fall 2003

  • The First World Series [1903] – Dan Bonk and Len Martin
  • Line Drives At The Pittsburgh Pirates [1909 World Series] – Richard “Pete” Peterson
  • Keystone View Company [Stereoview Cards] – Cassandra Vivian

Summer 2003

  • The Swan and The Ostrich (Oakland’s Fifth Avenue Villas) – James Borchert, Ph.D.
  • Willa Cather and The Gerwig House – Peter M. Sullivan
  • A Month of Surgery In Haiti – Edwin Bayley Buchanan, M.D.

Spring 2003

  • The Civil War Letters Of Brigadier General Alexander Hayes – Robert Gorczyca
  • The Famous, Missing Painting (Of Hays At Gettysburg) – Brian Butko
  • The Civil War Letters Of Philip Lantzy – Joseph Gibbs

2002

Winter 2002/2003

  • Folk Art Exhibit Survey – Douglas McCombs
  • John Graves – Lissa Brennan
  • African American Quilts – Samuel Black

Fall 2002

  • Cassie and Woody’s WWII Journal – James McKenzie
  • Postwar Friendship and Merci Trains – Dorothy Scheele
  • Gunpowder Girls – Sonya Jason

Summer 2002

  • Meadowcroft Rockshelter – Dr. James Adovasio and Jake Page
  • “Schues” the Architect and Designing Isaly’s Stores – Doug Clewett
  • Behind The Counter At Isal’s – David Rotthoff

Spring 2002

  • Infrastructure And City-Building – Joel Tarr
  • Pittsburgh As Human-Built Landscape – Ted Muller
  • How Railroads Shaped Pittsburgh’s Central Business District – Kevin Patrick