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

Western Pennsylvania History Magazine: Fall 2018

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

  • The creation of the Destination Moon exhibit and history of the National Air and Space Museum’s Apollo collection
  • Numerous Pittsburgh company’s contributions to the Apollo 11 mission
  • Profiles of Western Pennsylvanians and astronauts who made the mission to the Moon possible
  • Space exploration history in photos
  • Toys and childhood memories of the Apollo era

As well as columns about:

  • The history of Meadowcroft’s beginnings during its 50th season
  • Astronaut Mike Fincke and his Terrible Towel wave from space
  • Businesswoman Maude Y. Hawkins and her Hill District sausage company
  • Western State Penitentiary and the architecture of incarceration (part 1)
  • Goldie Kunce and her memories of traveling and performing in a local dance troupe
  • Jules Verne’s vision of space travel in From the Earth to the Moon
  • The Vacca family’s struggle for U.S. citizenship

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.