Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
April 7, 2022

Samuel A. Musgrave: Industrial Photographer for Hire

Working behind the scenes for many of Pittsburgh’s leading companies, Samuel A. Musgrave captured an extensive visual record of Western Pennsylvania’s postwar economy.  As a freelance industrial photographer, Musgrave spent five decades taking promotional images in factories, showrooms, and storefronts across the region. His clients included household names like Alcoa, Gulf Oil, and US Steel, […]

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March 18, 2022

From Pickles to Planes: Women Lead Glider Production for Heinz During WWII

They came from all walks of life. Margaret Evans was an artist’s model from Greentree. Mrs. Grace Winters was a widow with three small children. Mrs. Louise Hamilton came from a farm in Moon Run, accompanied by her daughter Louise. Olga Radosevich yearned to join her sister Sophie in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, but […]

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March 16, 2022

The McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores: Remembering a Connection Between Mother and Daughters

Local businesses become part of the fabric of a community, especially those related to food and groceries. Customers sample new products, exchange recipes, and pick up ingredients needed for cherished family traditions, year after year. Such places aren’t just part of the community, they create their own community. The History Center has long been interested […]

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March 4, 2022

Rev. LeRoy Patrick: Advocate for Equality

After arriving in Pittsburgh in 1951, Rev. LeRoy Patrick dove headfirst into the fight to integrate the city’s public swimming pools. Though Blacks were not prevented by law from using any city pool, a culture of de facto segregation, enforced by intimidation and outright violence by whites, prohibited them from using certain locations. In Pittsburgh’s […]

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March 4, 2022

The “Little” Penn Theater

by Paul Roth The principal business of my branch in the Roth Family was the Penn, a moving picture theater owned and operated by my grandfather, Israel (Joe) Roth. This was not the “big” Penn Theater, the major stage and screen venue on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and Penn Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh […]

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