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June 8, 2016

Uncovering Crime: Documenting Pittsburgh’s Criminal Past

Some subjects continue to fascinate us but present a challenge for museums. Crime is an unwelcome but integral part of any city’s history. Crime can illuminate the benefits of new technology but also raise darker questions about its impact. What kinds of objects help museums explore a topic that may lead in uncomfortable directions?

April 8, 2016

Of Bells and Fire: Artifacts Recall April 10, 1845

For a century, the Great Fire stood as the event by which Pittsburgh’s history was measured: the “before” and “after” point. Burned streets were rebuilt and businesses resumed, but memories lingered.

February 3, 2016

New Pittsburghese Guide Helps Yinz with Local Speech

One of the most distinctive features of Western Pennsylvania is the widespread use of a dialect that we have come to call Pittsburghese. The History Center has the complete guide to Pittsburghese available now.