Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
March 22, 2018

A Stamp on American Culture: Fred Rogers and Elvis Presley

Fred Rogers and Elvis Presley were part of the same generation, born only seven years apart (Fred Rogers in 1928 and Elvis Presley in 1935). They both began their careers in the mid-1950s. They are both now featured on a postage stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.

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March 16, 2018

Lois Weber, First American Woman Film Director

The Pittsburgh region has been home to many remarkable women over the years, including journalist Nellie Bly, abolitionist Jane Grey Swisshelm, and environmentalist Rachel Carson. But there's another one you may not have heard of: Lois Weber. Weber was America's first woman film director.

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March 14, 2018

At the Shirtwaist Ball

Billed as “the Most Democratic Fete ever attempted in Pittsburgh,” the Equal Franchise Federation held its Suffrage Shirtwaist Ball more than one hundred years ago on Nov. 10, 1916. Though its memory has long since faded, the fundraiser itself was widely attended and lived up to its tagline.

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February 28, 2018

Will You Sign the Pledge?: Francis Murphy and Pittsburgh’s Great Temperance Movement

In the 1870s, thousands of Pittsburghers were excited about not drinking alcohol. More than that, their unprecedented response to Francis Murphy catapulted him to fame and made the city the headquarters for one of the greatest international temperance movements in history. So, who was this temperance rock star, and how did he manage to get Pittsburgh stoked for sobriety?

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February 21, 2018

The James A. Dorsey Story

For many people, time off from work or school is an opportunity to engage in physical activity, whether it's hunting and fishing, enjoying swings on a playground, or a pick-up game with friends. Pittsburgher James A. Dorsey had a passion for sports and recreational activities as well, and he devoted his life to sharing that love with others.

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