Making History: the Heinz History Center Blog
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.

March 18, 2015

Women’s History Month: Political Leaders

To celebrate Women's History Month, here are two women -- both political leaders -- that you'll meet at the History Center: Queen Aliquippa, a Seneca leader from the late 18th century who met with George Washington, and Sophie Masloff, Pittsburgh's first female and first Jewish mayor.

March 11, 2015

Bertha Lamme, Engineer

Bertha Lamme blazed new trails for women when she accepted a job as an engineer with the Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company in 1893. Her slide rule and T-square are on display in Pittsburgh: A Tradition of Innovation.

March 4, 2015

10 Must-Sees at the History Center

From King Friday XIII's Castle to Franco Harris's Immaculate Reception shoes, and from the oldest surviving jeep to 160-year-old pickles, here are 10 must-see artifacts at the Heinz History Center.

February 27, 2015

Book Reviews: Winter 2014-15

In addition to the book reviews available in the Winter 2014-15 issue of Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, we also feature additional exclusive online book reviews. Books reviewed include "The Fort Pitt Block House," by Emily M. Weaver, "The Steamboat Bertrand and Missouri River Commerce," by Ronald R. Switzer and "The Backyard Brawl," by John Antonik.