Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
April 6, 2015

Book Reviews: Spring 2015

In addition to the book reviews available in the Summer 2014 issue of Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, we also feature additional exclusive online book reviews. Books reviewed include "The C&O Canal Companion: A Journey through Potomac History," by Mike High, and "Mellon Square: Discovering a Modern Masterpiece," by Susan M. Rademacher.

April 1, 2015

Zippo Lighters Lit the Way in World War II

The Zippo motto, "it works, or we fix it free," is a promise that the Bradford, Pa. company still stands by to this day. Learn more about Zippo and its connection to World War II.

March 30, 2015

How do they do it?: Recreating and Maintaining a Prehistoric Indian Village

While prehistoric villagers continually maintained their villages out of necessity, each winter the staff of Meadowcroft winterizes our recreated Prehistoric Indian Village. So with the thaw underway, we get to break out of our libraries, archives, and offices to spread our wings under the clear spring sky, to maintain and add features to the space.

March 27, 2015

3 Things Not to Miss This Summer at Fort Pitt

The Fort Pitt Museum is gearing up for an active summer with a new exhibit, weekly Living History demonstrations and events, and its second annual art show.

March 25, 2015

Helen MacCloskey, Pioneer Aviatrix

The popularity of civil aviation became widespread between the first and second World Wars. Thousands of spectators flocked to watch the races and stunts of skilled pilots, both male and female, hailing from every corner of the United States. In a predominately male sport, the Western Pennsylvania region can boast of several pioneer aviatrixes during this period. One native star of the sky was Pittsburgher Helen MacCloskey.