Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
August 19, 2019

The Food of Fallingwater: A Look at the Elsie Henderson Papers and Photographs

To see Elsie Henderson’s accomplishments and to listen to her recount her experiences as an untrained cook working for those who many consider to be American royalty is to glance into an evolving society over the span of a century through archival material.

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August 16, 2019

Volunteer Spotlight: Judy Sutton

Volunteers play a key role in making the History Center one of the finest cultural organizations in the U.S. By donating time and talents, volunteers assist with many facets of the organization. Over the next few months, the History Center is highlighting a few of the diverse volunteers that help our museums succeed.

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August 14, 2019

Pull Up A Chair at the History Center

Pittsburgh, known for its many bridges, spirited sports fans, and friendly citizens, wants you to know just how welcomed you are here. There's a common love for all things Pittsburgh at the History Center, so when our friends at VisitPITTSBURGH launched their new "Pull Up a Chair" campaign, we decided it’s the perfect time to share some of our favorite Pittsburgh chairs on display in the museum.

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July 17, 2019

Rachel Carson: The Pursuit of a Better Environment

A fair share of important figures emerged from Pittsburgh’s history. One of the most courageous and influential women to come from the region is Rachel Carson, the namesake of one of Pittsburgh’s famous Three Sisters Bridges.

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July 11, 2019

The Riot of Cliftonville

The area that was once the small mining village of Cliftonville, W.Va., sits about four miles from Avella, Pa., just across the state’s western border. There was nothing particularly special about Cliftonville until dawn on July 17, 1922, when the first shots were fired by a group of as many as 500 union miners marching on the mine in an attempt to stop nonunion miners from producing coal. When the firing subsided, at least 13 men, including Brooke County Sheriff H.H. Duval, lay dead, and many more were left wounded.

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