Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
July 17, 2019

Rachel Carson: The Pursuit of a Better Environment

A fair share of important figures emerged from Pittsburgh’s history. One of the most courageous and influential women to come from the region is Rachel Carson, the namesake of one of Pittsburgh’s famous Three Sisters Bridges.

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July 11, 2019

The Riot of Cliftonville

The area that was once the small mining village of Cliftonville, W.Va., sits about four miles from Avella, Pa., just across the state’s western border. There was nothing particularly special about Cliftonville until dawn on July 17, 1922, when the first shots were fired by a group of as many as 500 union miners marching on the mine in an attempt to stop nonunion miners from producing coal. When the firing subsided, at least 13 men, including Brooke County Sheriff H.H. Duval, lay dead, and many more were left wounded.

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July 2, 2019

Artist Robert Griffing

While exploring the Fort Pitt Museum, many visitors instantly recognize the artwork of Robert Griffing. Utilized for exhibit murals, videos, brochures, and souvenir postcards, Griffing’s art in the museum accomplishes his goals of inspiring and engaging others in 18th-century frontier history.

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June 27, 2019

The Fort Pitt Museum Celebrates 50 Years (Part 2)

In 1971, the state-chartered, volunteer Fort Pitt Museum Associates was formed to operate the Fort Pitt Museum’s gift store, organize public lecture programs, sponsor the changing exhibits, and host the annual Forbes Medal Award, which honored contributors to the promotion of Western Pennsylvania history and art.

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June 25, 2019

The Fort Pitt Museum Celebrates 50 Years (Part 1)

Fifty years ago, on June 30, 1969, the Fort Pitt Museum was formally dedicated and opened to the public, but the idea to honor the historic Forks of the Ohio River goes back much further.

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