Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
June 19, 2015

Michael Musmanno and the Nuremberg Trials

Pittsburgh judge Michael Musmanno presided in one of the Nuremberg Trials after WWII. The trials prosecuted mid-level Nazi officials who carried out war crimes and implemented Nazi policies in Nuremberg, Germany.

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June 17, 2015

Food Fights for Freedom

World War II brought a host of struggles to those serving on the home front. One that confronted housewives every day was to provide wholesome, nutritious meals for the family while facing an ever increasing list of rationed foods.

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June 10, 2015

Remembering Billy Strayhorn

Pittsburgh’s Jazz legacy includes some of the greatest musicians, composers, arrangers, and singers in the history of the music. One of the greatest composers and arrangers was Westinghouse High School graduate Billy Strayhorn.

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June 8, 2015

Vintage Base Ball at Meadowcroft

Many Vintage Base Ball clubs play according the rules of 1860, adopted by the National Association of Base-Ball Players in New York on March 14, 1860. This was a time before the common use of gloves, when players were referred to as “ballists” and a batter was a “striker.”

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June 5, 2015

“I had to take the fife and use it”

In the 18th century military, fifers and drummers played a pivotal role at Fort Pitt. They not only announced daily routines for the military but also indirectly served as a morale booster. A few skilled gentlemen with knowledge of 18th century fifing and drumming have formed a group to teach Fort Pitt Museum visitors about the subject this summer.

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