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August 30, 2022

Pittsburgh’s John Kane: A Laborer’s Life

For I was nineteen when I came to America and then I at once became an American Workman. John Kane By the mid-19th century, the broad swath of coal that cuts through this region provided fuel for burgeoning industries such as iron, glass, and eventually, steel. It created jobs as well, in the mines and […]

July 28, 2022

Pittsburgh’s John Kane: Coming to America

When my stepfather sent for me, I didn’t want to go to America. I was doing well in my own country and was becoming more and more in love with Scotland all the time. But Mother thought I ought to go.… And accordingly, I went.  The son of Irish Catholic parents, John Cain (later Kane) […]

November 16, 2020

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

The History Center Museum Shop has Pittsburgh-proud gifts for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season! All purchases help support the work of the Smithsonian-affiliated History Center and its family of museums. Check out our top 10 picks this holiday season!