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 Winter 2017-18

The Winter 2017-18 issue of Western Pennsylvania History includes feature articles on:

  • Frank Hogan, WWI soldier and poet who attended The Carnegie Institute of Technology, and whose life (and death) played out much like he wrote of in his work
  • A family’s struggle with the death of Private Carl Willig during WWI and his remains lost in France for 90 years until new evidence surfaces
  • Tracing the lives and tragic fates of the “Rain Day Boys” from Greene County who also fought and died in WWI

As well as columns about:

  • A Magazine Grows Up: The History of WPH magazine
  • Preserving by Publishing at the Detre Library & Archives
  • From Relics to Artifacts in the Museum Collection
  • Lena Guilbert Brown Ford, first American casualty in a London air raid
  • The Negro Migrant in Pittsburgh: A Review of the Conditions 100 Years Ago
  • “Gridiron Titans”: John Heisman versus the Pitt Panthers
  • The entertaining adventures of Doris Riethmiller, born in 1918

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

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