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Western Pennsylvania History

Celebrating National German American Day, Leslie Przybylek
Becoming American: A Selznick is (Almost) Created in Pittsburgh, Leslie Przybylek
Luna’s Legacy: Remembering a Different Trip to the Moon, Leslie Przybylek
Immortalizing Forbes Field: MGM Drafts Pittsburgh for Big Film, Heinz History Center Staff
Dr. Alice Bennett and the Johnstown Flood, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine
Relax, Pittsburgh – It’s National Relaxation Day, Leslie Przybylek
Camp Horne – The Perfect Summer Retreat, Lauren Uhl
Prohibition’s Legacy in Pennsylvania, Carrie Hadley
The Edible Schoolyard, Lauren Uhl
Who’s the Tom Tucker on your Mint Ginger Ale?, Brian Butko
Pretzels and Prohibition: The Tangled Fate of the “German Biscuit”, Leslie Przybylek
In Vino Veritas: The Tradition of Winemaking in the Italian American Home, Melissa E. Marinaro
A Stamp on American Culture: Fred Rogers and Elvis Presley, Mariruth Leftwich Ph.D.
Lois Weber, First American Woman Film Director, Lauren Uhl
The James A. Dorsey Story, Lauren Uhl
Will You Sign the Pledge?: Francis Murphy and Pittsburgh’s Great Temperance Movement, History Center Staff
The Olympics on Ice: Herb Drury, History Center Staff
Nellie Bly: A Race Against Time, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine
Consider the Can: Beer Can Appreciation Day, Leslie Przybylek
Pittsburgh’s Santa, George Heid, Brian Butko
A Pivotal Moment – December 23, 1972: The Immaculate Reception, Anne Madarasz
Christmas at Buhl Planetarium and its Miniature Railroad, Brian Butko
Celebrating an American Brew, Leslie Przybylek
Isaly’s: A Recipe for Good Food, Brian Butko
The Incredible Journey of the Steamboat New Orleans, Leslie Przybylek
“They’re Coming to Get You:” Night of the Living Dead, Brady Smith
Manufacturing Thrills: The Legacy of Western Pennsylvania’s Roller Coaster Pioneers, Leslie Przybylek
Remembering the Island Queen, Leslie Przybylek
Last Ride of Summer: West View Park and the Nostalgia for Lost Amusement Parks, Leslie Przybylek
The Girls of Summer: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, Anne Madarasz
Locating Luna Park, Brian Butko
Picturing Protest: The Great Railroad Strike of 1877, Leslie Przybylek
The Homestead Steel Strike: Perspective on the Past, Anne Madarasz
Becoming American: The Rajcan Story, Lauren Uhl
The Real Johnny Appleseed, Brady Smith
Redd Up Pittsburgh!, Leslie Przybylek
Pittsburgh: The City of Bridges, Brady Smith
Rodman’s Big Gun, Andy Masich
The St. Patrick’s Day Flood of 1936, Brady Smith
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?: A Portrait of Fred Rogers, History Center Staff
Breaking Down Barriers: Paul Lawrence Peeler and the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Samuel W Black
A Jazz Legacy: Mary Lou Williams, Brady Smith
Picture, Picture on the Wall: A Brief History of Early Photography, Leslie Przybylek
Awaiting the Arrival of Old St. Nick, Leslie Przybylek
Riot Gear and Red Vests: Remembering 1968 with the Pittsburgh Police Collection, Eleanor DePastino
Pittsburgh Aviator Calbraith Perry Rodgers, Lauren Ball
Whoooo Will You Be on Halloween?: The Changing Face of America’s Spookiest Holiday, Leslie Przybylek
Pittsburgh’s Diverse Immigrant Past & Present, Matthew Strauss
Samuel Langley: Pioneering Standard Time, Lauren Ball
A Trip to Pittsburgh’s Suburbs, Sierra Green
A First Glimpse Through the Liberty Tunnels, Leslie Przybylek
Help the History Center Get Outdoors, Leslie Przybylek
Oh Strip District, Where Art Thou?, Lauren Uhl
Raise Your Glass! Documenting Pittsburgh’s “Watering Holes”, Leslie Przybylek
John Brashear’s Forgotten Time Capsule, Liz Simpson
#Pixburgh: Be a Part of History!, Library & Archives Staff
Interview with Golf Great Carol Semple Thompson, Angela Gaitaniella
Oakmont Country Club, Lauren Ball
Uncovering Crime: Documenting Pittsburgh’s Criminal Past, Leslie Przybylek
Of Bells and Fire: Artifacts Recall April 10, 1845, Leslie Przybylek
The Mystery of Pittsburgh’s “Ghost Bomber”, Ned Schano
New Pittsburghese Guide Helps Yinz with Local Speech, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine
Go Outside and Play!, Lauren Uhl
Holiday Windows in Downtown Pittsburgh, Leslie Przybylek
Tic Toc, the Arcade Bakery, & Kaufmann’s Department Store, Emily Ruby
A “Great Base Ball Tournament”, Craig Britcher
From Stands to Stadium: Josh Gibson, Ryan Hreczkosiej
Michael Musmanno and the Nuremberg Trials, Liz Simpson
Food Fights for Freedom, Lauren Uhl
Remembering Billy Strayhorn, Samuel W Black
Heinz: Much More than 57 Varieties, Brian Butko
Pittsburgh Pirates: Roberto Clemente’s Rookie Season, Brady Smith
Zippo Lighters Lit the Way in World War II, Liz Simpson

At the History Center

Test Your Heinz Knowledge, Heinz History Center
The Lega Toscana in the 21st Century: A Digital Humanities Case Study, Melissa Marinaro
Count Down to Destination Moon with these Staff Picks, Kim Roberts
Meet the History Center Docent Community, Laura Myers
Of Beer and Taxes: Prohibition’s Connection to the National Income Tax, Leslie Przybylek
Curator Q&A: Leslie Przybylek and American Spirits, Kim Roberts
2017 History Center Holiday Gift Guide, Kim Roberts
Never a Dill Moment on National Pickle Day, Sarah Reck
Top 5 Instagram-Worthy Spots at the History Center, Kim Roberts
Five Spooky Artifacts Perfect for Halloween, History Center Staff
Celebrate African American History at the History Center, History Center Staff
Quiz: Which Pittsburgh Innovator are You?, Sarah Reck
Behind the Scenes: Night at the History Museum, Nate Rodda
Researching & Writing with the Italian American Program, Melissa E. Marinaro
The Childhood Toy You Wish You Had, Sarah Reck
Quiz: Which Classic Toy are You?, Sarah Reck
The History Center STEAMs Ahead, History Center Education Department
What Your Donation Supported at the History Center in 2015, Elizabeth McMullen
Must-See Holiday Highlights at the History Center, Anne Madarasz
From the Museum Shop: Cookbooks, Cocktails, and Holiday Cheer, Beth Muth
Eight Days of Hanukkah, David Schlitt
Spotlight on the Sherman, Leslie Przybylek
An In-Depth Look at the Italian American Program, Melissa E. Marinaro
#AskaCurator: Part 2, Sarah Reck
#AskaCurator: Part 1, Sarah Reck
Italian Heritage Day, Melissa Marinaro
From the Museum Shop: Map Mania!, Beth Muth
A History of Curtiss-Wright During WWII, Liz Simpson
Becoming History Detectives, Nate Rodda
You Never Know What You’ll Find at Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures, Sarah Reck
So How Do You Move a 38-Ton Sherman Tank?, Brady Smith
Quiz: Which Pittsburgh historical figure are you?, Sarah Reck
First Frontier Mechanized Cavalry, Leslie Przybylek
We Can Do It! WWII Opening Day, Brady Smith
Women’s History Month: Political Leaders, Anne Madarasz
10 Must-Sees at the History Center, Sarah Reck

Collection Spotlight

Look for the Helpers: Mister Rogers & Officer Clemmons, Emily Ruby
Pysanky on Ice, Anne Madarasz
Rare Martin Delany Signed Document, Samuel W Black
Pittsburgh Gets a Tommy Gun, 1929, Leslie Przybylek
The Mystery of the McKeesport Menorah, Eric Lidji
From Cucina to Grocery Store: The Evolution of Pasta-Making in American Homes, Melissa E. Marinaro
Quel Mazzolin di Fiori: I Campagnoli and the Italian American Folk Revival, Melissa E. Marinaro
Could this be the oldest photograph of a Pittsburgher? … Maybe, Tom Powers
It’s National Love Your Pet Day!, Leslie Przybylek
Your Ticket to the Inauguration, Carrie Hadley
A Very Aluminum Christmas, Matt Strauss
Nativity Scenes From Around the World, History Center Staff
Mid-Century Modern: The Taylor Family Collection, Lauren Uhl
Freedom and Coal Towns: A Portrait, Amanda Seim
Women’s Right to Work, Carrie Hadley
John Woodruff at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Craig Britcher
What a Political Ribbon Shows About the Political Process, Carrie Hadley
The Slinky – “A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing!”, Brady Smith
Pennsylvania Political Ephemera Through the Years, Carrie Hadley
5 Toys From Your Childhood That You Might Not Remember, Emily Ruby
Sandy Andy & Sunny Suzy from the Wolverine Toy Company, Janine Kickler
Doll or “Action Figure”, Emily Ruby
Mr. Potato Head Funny-Face Kit, Emily Ruby
Tools of Oppression: Cotton Cards, Samuel W Black
What’s for Dinner?, Lauren Uhl
Sign of Greatness, Anne Madarasz
An American in China: Sgt. Bus Means, Leslie Przybylek
An Amusement Park in Miniature, Emily Ruby
John F. Leahy, FBI During WWII, Leslie Przybylek
Mildred Martin Allen and the Hill District’s Satellites Softball Team, Craig Britcher
Bertha Lamme, Engineer, Anne Madarasz

From the Desk of Andy Masich

The Real Rosie the Riveter, Andy Masich
The Fabric of America, Andy Masich
See the Jeep as a Lady, Andy Masich
Washington, Lincoln, and the Fourth of July in Pennsylvania, Andy Masich
Cannonballs Unearthed at the Allegheny Arsenal, Andy Masich

Wilderness & Warfare at the Fort Pitt Museum

The Delaware Treaty of 1778, Mike Burke
Q&A with Reenactor Jeremy Turner, Kim Roberts
Fort Pitt During the Revolutionary War: General Brodhead’s Expedition, The Fort Pitt Museum
Book Review: “Drums in the Forest”, The Fort Pitt Museum
Women at Fort Pitt During the French & Indian War, Justin Meinert
Q&A with Reenactor Floyd Dierker, Kim Roberts
Don’t Tread on Me: The Flag of Colonel John Proctor’s 1st Battalion of Westmoreland County, Pa., Mike Burke
Q&A with Living Historian Elizabeth Hobbs, Kim Roberts
Have a Historic Summer at the Fort Pitt Museum, Kathleen Lugarich
Chief Glenna Wallace: First Female Chief of the Eastern Shawnee, Fort Pitt Museum Staff
Happy Birthday, Nat Youngblood!, Jaclyn Sternick
Clothing the Royal Americans, Part 3, Justin Meinert
Clothing the Royal Americans, Part 3, Justin Meinert
Bound by Tradition: Prisoner Restraints in the Captive Experience, Mike Burke
The Sole Surviving Colonel – Thomas Dunbar, Kathleen McLean
Hurricane Agnes and the Fort Pitt Museum, Jaclyn Sternick
Mrs. Bard’s Spoon, Mike Burke
This Summer at the Fort Pitt Museum, Kathleen McLean
Using Theater to Teach History, Kathleen McLean
Clothing the Royal Americans, Part 2, Justin Meinert
Clothing the Royal Americans, Part 1, Justin Meinert
Cleaning the Fort Pitt Diorama, Jaclyn Sternick
Volunteer Spotlight: James Sheehan, Kathleen McLean
Portrait of a Frontiersman: James Smith, Mike Burke
Constructing the French Forts of the Ohio Country, Kathleen McLean
A Short History of Five Paintings: The Forbes Expedition by Nat Youngblood, Jaclyn Sternick
A Closer Look: An 18th Century Cannon, Justin Meinert
No Giant Eagle for Fort Pitt!, Kailey Dunmire
“I had to take the fife and use it”, Justin Meinert
The Life and Myth of Simon Girty, Mike Burke
Making Massy Harbison, Megan Shalonis
3 Things Not to Miss This Summer at Fort Pitt, Kathleen McLean

Library & Archives

The Last Letters, Eric Lidji
A Remnant from the Final Days of Yiddish Theater in Pittsburgh, Eric Lidji
At the Shirtwaist Ball, Library & Archives Staff
Jacob Evanson: Song Catcher, Library & Archives Staff
Putting Faces to Names: Exploring Italian American Identity with Photo IDs, Library & Archives Staff
Local Families, Global Mysteries: Offering Hope and Haven to German Jews, Library & Archives Staff
Local Families, Global Mysteries: Tangled Family Ties, Linking Pittsburgh & Manchuria, Library & Archives Staff
Investigating the Ray Sprigle Papers and Photographs, Matthew Strauss
Advocacy on Record: The Collection of the ACC-PARC, Sierra Green
The Spencer Family Valentine Hunt, Sierra Green
The Westinghouse Time Capsule, Library & Archives Staff
A Very Aluminum Christmas, Matt Strauss
Reading the Menus, Rosemary Kovacs
The Steelworker’s Work Whistle on VE Day: Three Dots and a Dash, Library & Archives Staff
The Heinz Passover Ad Campain’t, David Schlitt
Camp James Weldon Johnson, Matthew Strauss
The Secret History of a Famous Westinghouse Photograph, Library & Archives Staff
Documenting a Historic Rivalry: Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, John Paul Deley
American Archives Month at the History Center, Sierra Green
A Different Kind of History, Rosemary Kovacs
Mrs. Soffel and the Biddle Boys, Sierra Green
Cookbooks with a Cause, Sierra Green
Arthur Buchman’s Cards Home, Matthew Strauss
150 Years Ago: Lincoln’s Assassination, Matthew Strauss
Helen MacCloskey, Pioneer Aviatrix, Library & Archives Staff

Concerning Conservation & Care

How to Care for Textiles, Barbara Conner
World War II Correspondence in a Candy Box, Barbara Conner
A Year in Black and White, Barbara Conner