Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
June 8, 2020

From the Author: New Italian American Collection Book

Thirty years ago, the Senator John Heinz History Center embarked on a mission to preserve and interpret the history of Italian migrants that settled in Western Pennsylvania.

June 4, 2020

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

While the Shirtwaist Ball’s basic story has been told, examining it more closely within the context of the suffrage movement and anti-suffrage imagery underlines the resilience of the Pennsylvania women who sponsored it and who fought so long and creatively for women’s right to vote.

June 3, 2020

The Nine Jobs of Barney May

Baruch May was the son of a Bavarian farmer and cattle dealer. His first job was bringing lunch and beer to the field hands, who worked several miles from town. His second job was working in the fields. His third job was peddling trinkets through Quebec and Ontario.

May 27, 2020

Lieutenant Paige Comes Home

A crowd of more than 1,000 people greeted Lieutenant Mitchell Paige, Allegheny County’s first World War II member of an elite fraternity: soldiers whose bravery in action had earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.

May 25, 2020

The Wonders of Spring at Meadowcroft

Spring is a wonderful time to be at Meadowcroft. Perhaps not as visibly active as its animal counterpart, the plant kingdom is no less splendid. On a recent walk through the woods, I enjoyed seeing a variety of plants and spring ephemerals which add interest and color to the waking forest floor.