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March 27, 2020

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.

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March 25, 2020

Help, Heartbreak, and Hope from a Century Ago

For the past two weeks, the Rauh Jewish Archives has been collecting documentation of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on Jewish organizations in the region—emails, press releases, announcements, and stories. Thanks to these efforts, future historians should have a much richer picture of our moment than we have about the community response to a global health crisis from a century ago: the Influenza Pandemic of 1918.

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February 27, 2020

“Lifting as we climb”: The Aurora Reading Club Records

"Lifting as we climb" means to encourage and provide for others while making one’s way in the world, following the discourse of W.E.B. Du Bois’ racial uplift theory of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is what Pittsburgh’s Aurora Reading Club did at its founding in 1894 and continues to do after 124 years. With so much history and plenty more to make, the Aurora Reading Club records kept in the Detre Library & Archives continue to expand with new additions.

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