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

Victory Half Won: Remembering V-E Day 75 Years Later

Victory in Europe Day, or V-E Day, marked a moment of profound joy and relief in Pittsburgh and the nation. But those feelings were tempered by the realization that the war was not yet won, and perhaps worse was on the horizon.

May 6, 2020

With Mercy and Compassion – National Nurse’s Day

Chief Historian Anne Madarasz delves into the history of the Sisters of Mercy, who founded Mercy Hospital, the first hospital in Western Pennsylvania and the first Mercy hospital in the world, on this year's Nurse's Day.

May 3, 2020

Bells Across Pennsylvania Day

The Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association is encouraging all residents and houses of worship to ring bells for three minutes at 7 p.m. on May 3, 2020, to recognize those on the frontlines battling COVID-19, to show solidarity with elected officials and governments in this effort, and to demonstrate resolve that we will prevail in this challenge. This effort draws on a long history of using bells to communicate across distances and to mark important events or times.

April 30, 2020

Who is There to Mourn for Logan?

During the days preceding April 30th of 1774, a brutal massacre of American Indians was being plotted by about two dozen frontier malcontents roughly 40 miles northwest from Pittsburgh.

April 29, 2020

Rules of Civility and Social Distancing

When George Washington was a boy, he copied into his notebook over one hundred Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Most of these rules he copied or adapted from well-known publications. But they became his own rules of conduct for as long as he lived. A surprising number of Washington’s Rules of Civility dealt with social distancing.