Western Pennsylvania History Magazine

Western Pennsylvania History has presented scholarship for a broad audience since 1918 as the region’s oldest continually-published magazine. History Center members receive a free subscription to this award-winning quarterly publication.

Current Issue

Spring 2018: Western Pennsylvania History Magazine

The Spring 2018 issue of Western Pennsylvania History includes feature articles on:

  • Governor Gifford Pinchot and his lasting impact on Pennsylvania’s liquor control
  • The role of women in Pittsburgh’s 19th-century alcohol trade
  • Local artifacts from the Prohibition era that are on display in American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
  • An exploration of the Lawrenceville WWI Doughboy statue and its rededication during World War II

As well as columns about:

  • Whiskey sales in Washington County
  • The history of beer and brewing at Fort Pitt
  • Jewish liquor purveyors of Pittsburgh
  • Rum running and smuggling on the Great Lakes and Atlantic coast
  • Architect of the Mon Valley Robert L. Barnhart
  • Prohibition memories in Homestead
  • Zoglmann’s German Saloon on the South Side
  • Italian American teachers and the importance of education

You can purchase a copy of the current issue online in the History Center’s e-store.

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Back Issues: 1918 – 2014

Thanks to a unique partnership with Penn State University, every issue of Western Pennsylvania History from 1918 through 2014 is now available online as fully searchable PDFs.

Read back issues of the magazine online.

Content list for back issues 2002 – present.


Current issues of Western Pennsylvania History magazine are available for $7.95 in the Museum Shop, online shop, or by phone at 412-454-6300, and are mailed to all History Center members, who may choose between the print version an an e-version. For a sample of the e-mag that members can choose to receive, click here. A selection of back issues are available for $4.95 per magazine.

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Magazine Submission Guidelines

Please download this PDF to read the submission guidelines for Western Pennsylvania History Magazine.