Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
July 29, 2015

Mrs. Soffel and the Biddle Boys

It was a tale that reached legendary status well within its own time. With each newspaper edition, readers devoured reports that revealed the escape, capture, and ultimate death of the two most notorious criminals in Pittsburgh lore. After more than 100 years, the many and varied protagonists of this factual melodrama live on in the records that remain.

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July 22, 2015

World War II Correspondence in a Candy Box

A candy box may seem like an unusual container for a story, but within an old Brach’s chocolate box, a variety of wartime correspondence and paper articles relating to a local veteran’s World War II experiences were found.

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July 17, 2015

No Giant Eagle for Fort Pitt!

In Dec. 1759, Col. Henry Bouquet recorded the provisions available at Fort Pitt: “146,740 pounds (667 barrels) of flour, 212 beef cattle, 66,415 pounds of salted beef, 22 barrels of pork, 64 barrels of salt, 5,800 pounds of butter, 3,285 pounds of cheese, and 525 pounds of tobacco.”

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July 15, 2015

First Frontier Mechanized Cavalry

No World War II exhibit would be complete without a few good vehicles. The story of the war revolved around transportation. From the jeep to the LST (Landing Ship, Tank) and the C-47 cargo plane, the United States’ ability to move massive numbers of men and machines to battle locations around the globe contributed greatly to the Allied victory.

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July 8, 2015

An Amusement Park in Miniature

Frank Salisbury’s handcrafted miniature amusement park has a permanent home at the History Center. The Ferris wheel is on display in Discovery Place on the third floor. Learn more about this detailed miniature and why Frank created it.

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