Western Pennsylvania History is the region's oldest continually-published magazine, presenting scholarship for a broad audience since 1918. Published quarterly, the magazine is one of many membership benefits of the History Center.
The Summer 2014 issue of Western Pennsylvania History magazine features articles on the Westinghouse transportation phenomenon “Skybus” and its impact on city-building in the 1960s; “Oz in the Oilfields? Searching for L. Frank Baum in Bradford," an investigation of claims that the Wizard of Oz author was connected to Pennsylvania’s oil industry; and “Women of the Civic Club of Allegheny County,” which demonstrates the social reform that was championed by Pittsburgh’s middle and upper class women during the Progressive Era. Columns include colonial Virginia’s take-over of the Pittsburgh region in 1774, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, letters of a steamboat pilot wife named Olive Brown, the Abel Colley Tavern and Museum, Lilly versus the Ku Klux Klan, Pittsburgh Water Babies, and a historical look at David Gilmour Blythe’s painting, The Higher Law.
The Spring 2014 issue of Western Pennsylvania History magazine includes features on the History Center’s exhibit Pittsburgh’s Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia, dedicated to the steamboat Arabia, which was built in nearby Brownsville and outfitted in Pittsburgh before it met a watery grave on the western frontier; "Saving the Fort Pitt Block House," a fascinating look at the Daughters of the American Revolution and its fight to preserve a piece of Pittsburgh’s history; and “The 1890s Pirates,” which delves into the mystery and machinations of late 19th-century baseball and the naming of Pittsburgh’s beloved team. Columns cover blacksmithing at Meadowcroft, local March Madness basketball, artist Virgil Cantini, "cousin" buildings in the Pittsburgh area, Homewood’s Jazz Workshop, local novelty acts, and the Antonucci Brothers and their grinding machines.
The Winter 2013-14 issue of Western Pennsylvania History magazine includes features on Fort Pitt Museum's exhibit, Unconquered: History Meets Hollywood at Fort Pitt, which explores the 1947 film that told the story of Fort Pitt during the French and Indian War; "Cartoon Correspondence," a touching tale of drawings sent back on envelopes during WWII, and Poptastic: The Art of Burton Morris. Columns cover the original Paleo Diet at Meadowcroft, Pittsburgh's connection to Olympic hockey, news reporter Ray Sprigle, and the Polk Center for the Feeble Minded, which was designed by Frederick Osterling.
The Fall 2013 issue of Western Pennsylvania History Magazine includes features on Jefferson County's Lewis Earle Sandt, the first United States citizen to complete an international flight, as well as on Thomas Edison's experiment with worker's housing in Donora, Pa., and a nostalgic look at Pittsburgh's Big Band roots.
Read the Summer 2013 issue online here. The Civil War in Pennsylvania - the special commemorative edition of Pennsylvania Heritage, Pennsylvania Legacies, and Western Pennsylvania History magazines - is a collaborative publication of the Pennsylvania Civil War 150 Committee to honor the roles that Pennsylvanians played during our nation's hour of need, on the battlefield and the home front.
Back Issues: 1928 - 2009
Thanks to a unique partnership with Penn State University, every issue of Western Pennsylvania History from 1918 through 2009 is now available online. Each issue is available in a fully searchable PDF format, making it easier than ever to search for magazine articles that chronicle Western Pennsylvania history. Please click here to read back issues of the magazine online. Please note: Safari is not supported. Please click here to view a list of contents of back issues of the magazine.
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Purchase Western Pennsylvania History Magazine
Current issues of Western Pennsylvania History magazine are available for $7.95 in the Museum Shop, eStore, or by phone at 412-454-6300, and are mailed to all History Center members. A selection of back issues are available for $4.95 per magazine.