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Western Pennsylvania History

The Olympics on Ice: Herb Drury, History Center Staff
Nellie Bly: A Race Against Time, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine
Consider the Can: Beer Can Appreciation Day, Leslie Przybylek
Pittsburgh’s Santa, George Heid, Brian Butko
A Pivotal Moment – December 23, 1972: The Immaculate Reception, Anne Madarasz
Christmas at Buhl Planetarium and its Miniature Railroad, Brian Butko
Celebrating an American Brew, Leslie Przybylek
Isaly’s: A Recipe for Good Food, Brian Butko
The Incredible Journey of the Steamboat New Orleans, Leslie Przybylek
“They’re Coming to Get You:” Night of the Living Dead, Brady Smith
Manufacturing Thrills: The Legacy of Western Pennsylvania’s Roller Coaster Pioneers, Leslie Przybylek
Remembering the Island Queen, Leslie Przybylek
Last Ride of Summer: West View Park and the Nostalgia for Lost Amusement Parks, Leslie Przybylek
The Girls of Summer: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Anne Madarasz
Locating Luna Park, Brian Butko
Picturing Protest: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, Leslie Przybylek
The Homestead Steel Strike: Perspective on the Past, Anne Madarasz
Becoming American: The Rajcan Story, Lauren Uhl
The Real Johnny Appleseed, Brady Smith
Redd Up Pittsburgh!, Leslie Przybylek
Pittsburgh: The City of Bridges, Brady Smith
Rodman’s Big Gun, Andy Masich
The St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936, Brady Smith
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: A Portrait of Fred Rogers, History Center Staff
Breaking Down Barriers: Paul Lawrence Peeler and the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Samuel W Black
A Jazz Legacy: Mary Lou Williams, Brady Smith
Picture, Picture on the Wall: A Brief History of Early Photography, Leslie Przybylek
Awaiting the Arrival of Old St. Nick, Leslie Przybylek
Riot Gear and Red Vests: Remembering 1968 with the Pittsburgh Police Collection, Eleanor DePastino
Pittsburgh Aviator Calbraith Perry Rodgers, Lauren Ball
Whoooo Will You Be on Halloween?: The Changing Face of America’s Spookiest Holiday, Leslie Przybylek
Pittsburgh’s Diverse Immigrant Past & Present, Matthew Strauss
Samuel Langley: Pioneering Standard Time, Lauren Ball
A Trip to Pittsburgh’s Suburbs, Sierra Green
A First Glimpse Through the Liberty Tunnels, Leslie Przybylek
Help the History Center Get Outdoors, Leslie Przybylek
Oh Strip District, Where Art Thou?, Lauren Uhl
Raise Your Glass! Documenting Pittsburgh’s “Watering Holes”, Leslie Przybylek
John Brashear’s Forgotten Time Capsule, Liz Simpson
#Pixburgh: Be a Part of History!, Library & Archives Staff
Interview with Golf Great Carol Semple Thompson, Angela Gaitaniella
Oakmont Country Club, Lauren Ball
Uncovering Crime: Documenting Pittsburgh’s Criminal Past, Leslie Przybylek
Of Bells and Fire: Artifacts Recall April 10, 1845, Leslie Przybylek
The Mystery of Pittsburgh’s “Ghost Bomber”, Ned Schano
New Pittsburghese Guide Helps Yinz with Local Speech, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine
Go Outside and Play!, Lauren Uhl
Holiday Windows in Downtown Pittsburgh, Leslie Przybylek
Tic Toc, the Arcade Bakery, & Kaufmann’s Department Store, Emily Ruby
A “Great Base Ball Tournament”, Craig Britcher
From Stands to Stadium: Josh Gibson, Ryan Hreczkosiej
Michael Musmanno and the Nuremberg Trials, Liz Simpson
Food Fights for Freedom, Lauren Uhl
Remembering Billy Strayhorn, Samuel W Black
Heinz: Much More than 57 Varieties, Brian Butko
Pittsburgh Pirates: Roberto Clemente’s Rookie Season, Brady Smith
Zippo Lighters Lit the Way in World War II, Liz Simpson

At the History Center

Curator Q&A: Leslie Przybylek and American Spirits, Kim Roberts
2017 History Center Holiday Gift Guide, Kim Roberts
Never a Dill Moment on National Pickle Day, Sarah Reck
Top 5 Instagram-Worthy Spots at the History Center, Kim Roberts
Five Spooky Artifacts Perfect for Halloween, History Center Staff
Celebrate African American History at the History Center, History Center Staff
Quiz: Which Pittsburgh Innovator are You?, Sarah Reck
Behind the Scenes: Night at the History Museum, Nate Rodda
Researching & Writing with the Italian American Program, Melissa Marinaro
The Childhood Toy You Wish You Had, Sarah Reck
Quiz: Which Classic Toy are You?, Sarah Reck
The History Center STEAMs Ahead, History Center Education Department
What Your Donation Supported at the History Center in 2015, Elizabeth McMullen
Must-See Holiday Highlights at the History Center, Anne Madarasz
From the Museum Shop: Cookbooks, Cocktails, and Holiday Cheer, Beth Muth
Eight Days of Hanukkah, David Schlitt
Spotlight on the Sherman, Leslie Przybylek
An In-Depth Look at the Italian American Program, Melissa Marinaro
#AskaCurator: Part 2, Sarah Reck
#AskaCurator: Part 1, Sarah Reck
Italian Heritage Day, Melissa Marinaro
From the Museum Shop: Map Mania!, Beth Muth
A History of Curtiss-Wright During WWII, Liz Simpson
Becoming History Detectives, Nate Rodda
You Never Know What You’ll Find at Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures, Sarah Reck
So How Do You Move a 38-Ton Sherman Tank?, Brady Smith
Quiz: Which Pittsburgh historical figure are you?, Sarah Reck
First Frontier Mechanized Cavalry, Leslie Przybylek
We Can Do It! WWII Opening Day, Brady Smith
Women’s History Month: Political Leaders, Anne Madarasz
10 Must-Sees at the History Center, Sarah Reck

Collection Spotlight

Rare Martin Delany Signed Document, Samuel W Black
Pittsburgh Gets a Tommy Gun, 1929, Leslie Przybylek
The Mystery of the McKeesport Menorah, Eric Lidji
From Cucina to Grocery Store: The Evolution of Pasta-Making in American Homes, Melissa Marinaro
Quel Mazzolin di Fiori: I Campagnoli and the Italian American Folk Revival, Melissa Marinaro
Could this be the oldest photograph of a Pittsburgher? … Maybe, Tom Powers
It’s National Love Your Pet Day!, Leslie Przybylek
Your Ticket to the Inauguration, Carrie Hadley
A Very Aluminum Christmas, Matt Strauss
Nativity Scenes From Around the World, History Center Staff
Mid-Century Modern: The Taylor Family Collection, Lauren Uhl
Freedom and Coal Towns: A Portrait, Amanda Seim
Women’s Right to Work, Carrie Hadley
John Woodruff at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Craig Britcher
What a Political Ribbon Shows About the Political Process, Carrie Hadley
The Slinky – “A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing!”, Brady Smith
Pennsylvania Political Ephemera Through the Years, Carrie Hadley
5 Toys From Your Childhood That You Might Not Remember, Emily Ruby
Sandy Andy & Sunny Suzy from the Wolverine Toy Company, Janine Kickler
Doll or “Action Figure”, Emily Ruby
Mr. Potato Head Funny-Face Kit, Emily Ruby
Tools of Oppression: Cotton Cards, Samuel W Black
What’s for Dinner?, Lauren Uhl
Sign of Greatness, Anne Madarasz
An American in China: Sgt. Bus Means, Leslie Przybylek
An Amusement Park in Miniature, Emily Ruby
John F. Leahy, FBI During WWII, Leslie Przybylek
Mildred Martin Allen and the Hill District’s Satellites Softball Team, Craig Britcher
Bertha Lamme, Engineer, Anne Madarasz

From the Desk of Andy Masich

The Real Rosie the Riveter, Andy Masich
The Fabric of America, Andy Masich
See the Jeep as a Lady, Andy Masich
Washington, Lincoln, and the Fourth of July in Pennsylvania, Andy Masich
Cannonballs Unearthed at the Allegheny Arsenal, Andy Masich

Concerning Conservation & Care

How to Care for Textiles, Barbara Conner
World War II Correspondence in a Candy Box, Barbara Conner
A Year in Black and White, Barbara Conner