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Fred Lenn: The Battling Boxer

  Fred Lenn fought in two arenas—as a Marine serving during World War II and Korea, and in the ring as a champion amateur and professional boxer. The second of nine children born to Polish immigrant parents in 1914, Lenn grew up on Pittsburgh’s South Side. Christened Walter Frederick Lenkowski at St. Stanislaus Polish Catholic…

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…

The Rise and Fall of Pittsburgh’s Diamond Market

  Traffic running under Diamond Market, c. 1960. At the time it was developed, planners saw the traffic throughway as a solution to creating space for both cars and commerce. From the Detre Library & Archives at the Heinz History Center. From 1915 until it was demolished in 1961, Diamond Market shaped the life of…

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…

Resilience in Ruffles: A New Look at Pittsburgh’s Suffrage Shirtwaist Ball

  As the History Center explores the theme of resilience as part of its “History’s Helpers” initiative, it is a good time to revisit an event that has been discussed here before. Pittsburgh’s Suffrage Shirtwaist Ball, held on Nov. 10, 1916, remains a popular topic, especially as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th…

Treatment of the Portrait Miniature of Ebenezer Denny

  This blog was originally posted at Art Conservation Etc. The original post can be found online here. Thank you to the following contributors: Ana Alba, Alba Art Conservation LLC; Nicole Lauletta, Registrar at the Heinz History Center; and Rhonda Wozniak, Rhonda Wozniak Objects Conservator. Before treatment, with case. Gift of Louise E. Denny Barnes,…

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…

Experiencing History: Collecting Materials Related to the COVID-19 Response in Western Pennsylvania

  The Heinz History Center is collecting objects, archival materials (both digital and physical), and web content that reflect the experiences of Western Pennsylvania citizens, officials, organizations, businesses, and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We wish to preserve these stories and materials so they can be shared for future study and research. Here’s how you can help.  “We will get through this Pittsburgh.” Photo by…

Pittsburgh’s Streamline-Deco Greyhound Bus Station

  A newspaper ad announced the opening of Pittsburgh’s terminal, March 13, 1937. The image was similar to the final building, though a bit more idealized. Newspapers.com, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh has had a Greyhound station at its current site so long (more then 60 years) that few people remember the previous bus station across the…

When Grant Street Got a Zigzag

  Looking from the roof of the PRR Station to the intersection of New Grant and Liberty, June 1906. The freight station at left sits atop the original Grant Street. Hotel Lafayette at the corner served rail passengers but transportation changes would see it converted to a Greyhound bus station in 1929. Carnegie Library of…