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Celebrating National Nurses Week

  A photograph in the collection of the History Center’s Detre Library & Archives captures a moment in the life of an operating room nurse from Montefiore Hospital, c. 1910. Clothed head –to-toe in white, only her eyes are visible. Although we do not know much else about her, the image speaks across decades, evoking…

Matzah, Made in Pittsburgh

  A photograph from the April 24, 1929 edition of the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, showing Radbord and a team of baker packing matzah for Passover deliveries throughout Western Pennsylvania. If you bought a box of matzah for Passover this year, it probably came from the grocery store. And the grocery store probably got it from a…

Pittsburgh Women in Business: Celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month

  A painting in the History Center’s exhibition, Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery, features naturalist and artist John James Audubon (1785-1851), who came through this region and maintained ties with Pittsburgh’s intellectual community during the years he compiled his landmark work, “Birds of America” (1827-1838). But another portrait belongs up…

Pennsylvania Women and the Vote

  On the Centennial of the 19th Amendment Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which made it illegal to deny citizens the right to vote based on sex. As we commemorate this landmark anniversary, let’s look back at some of the Pennsylvania women who fought…

Victory Half Won: Remembering V-E Day 75 Years Later

  7th war Loan Fund Drive promotion on the grounds of Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation, May 8, 1945. Courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh, William J. Gaughan Collection. At first, not everyone in Pittsburgh believed the news. Rumors and bulletins on May 7, 1945 indicated that Germany had surrendered. But false alarms had come from Europe…

With Mercy and Compassion – National Nurse’s Day

  Portrait of Catherine McAuley, c. 1835. Courtesy of Sisters of Mercy of Pittsburgh. In 1824, after inheriting the estate of distant relatives she had cared for over the course of 20 years, Catherine McAuley opened a “House of Mercy,” a home for poor and abused women in the center of Dublin, Ireland. She quickly attracted a group of compassionate women with…

Bells Across Pennsylvania Day

  The Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association is encouraging all residents and houses of worship to ring bells for three minutes at 7 p.m. on May 3, 2020, to recognize those on the frontlines battling COVID-19, to show solidarity with elected officials and governments in this effort, and to demonstrate resolve that we will prevail in…

5 Surprising Pittsburgh Innovations

  Pittsburgh is a city that prides itself on its esteemed tradition of innovation. For more than 250 years, the people of this region have found new ways to solve problems and make life a little sweeter for their neighbors. From sports and entertainment to healthcare and technology, Pittsburghers continually innovate for a better tomorrow.…

Earthrise

  Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts-Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders-held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from…

Tuning in the Holidays: Recalling Pittsburgh’s Connections to the TV Holiday Special

  Poster for the 1978 NBC TV showing of “The Stingiest Man in Town,” 1978. Alcoa employees received this as an insert in the company newsletter in November 1978. Aluminum Company of American Collection, Detre Library & Archives at the History Center. For kids in the 1960s and 1970s, the Christmas season didn’t really begin…