Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
March 26, 2020

Pittsburgh’s Streamline-Deco Greyhound Bus Station

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 street, at the site of today’s Federal Building.

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.

March 23, 2020

When Grant Street Got a Zigzag

What do you know about Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh? Read on to learn more about the time it had a zigzag and how it made it to the Grant Street you drive on today.

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.

February 26, 2020

The African American Experience in Pittsburgh, Virginia – Part 2

Research for the Fort Pitt Museum’s new exhibition involved a deep dive into the community of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania on the eve of the American Revolution.