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Gettysburg battlefield benefiting from National Park Service grants

By Michael Hasch
The National Park Service has awarded $2.2 million in grants from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve land at four Civil War battlefields including Gettysburg. The grants, announced Thursday by National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, …

Museum to preserve memory of Pennsylvania’s 2nd biggest Civil War battle

By Public Opinion (Chambersburg)
BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT — The grand opening of the Monterey Pass Battlefield Museum is scheduled from  1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The Battle of Monterey Pass was fought for more than 10 hours on a rugged mountain in a blinding …

Century-old wedding trousseau donated to Oakmont museum

By Pamela Murphy
The board members at the Kerr Memorial Museum in Oakmont are excited to share their latest exhibit: a donation of a complete wedding trousseau from …

Wexford company Still Dreaming creates game that stresses history

By Rachel Weaver
A Pittsburgh-area company is giving children the right to have fun while learning about American history. Still Dreaming, a Wexford-based idea and business development company, …

Film in works about 1968 Farmington mine disaster

By Mary Wade Burnside | The Exponent Telegram
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When R.J. Nestor and David Scoville first wrote a screenplay about the 1968 Farmington No. 9 mine disaster in which 78 men …

Connellsville opens time capsule sealed in 1901

By Karl Polacek
The time capsule removed from the cornerstone of the Carnegie Free Library in Connellsville was opened Tuesday evening during a special “Shaking Hands with History” …

Buhl Planetarium at 75: Still state-of-the-art science

By Bob Karlovits
For 75 years, science at the Buhl Planetarium has meant more than simply looking at the stars. In its early days, “interactive” meant a visitor …

Pittsburgh region’s covered bridges perfect for scenic fall drives

By Rex Rutkoski
Covered bridges have no season. It is difficult to deny, however, their enhanced charm in the fall: standing ready in often-picturesque rural backdrops. The folks …

Heinz History Center offers conservation workshops in new facility

By Bob Karlovits
Old items are getting new lives in a 97-year-old building in the Strip District. “This is just another way of providing the area all of …

Pittsburgh has strong bonds with independence-seeking Scotland

By Bob Karlovits
With its ragged hills, rolling meadows and a climate that often requires wool clothing, Western Pennsylvania can seem like home to a Scot. Gordon Reid, …

Pattison was a most popular governor in Pennsylvania

By Miles Richards
As another gubernatorial election approaches this November, most commentators expect a close, hard-fought contest. For most of the past century, the two major political parties — Democrats and Republicans — have been evenly matched statewide. But many Pennsylvanians believe that …

Volunteers help organizations keep local history alive in South Hills

By Dona S. Dreeland
Local history would be in danger of fading away if not for the work of historical society directors, presidents and boards who continue to labor …

Pittsburgh’s Fort Pitt Blockhouse celebrates quarter-millennium

By Bob Karlovits
Alan Gutchess says the Fort Pitt Blockhouse has a meaning that surpasses its role as a historical site. “It has always been an eyewitness to …

43rd Fort Armstrong Folk Festival continues to honor history, heritage

By Rex Rutkoski
On the heels of what they consider one of their best fests in recent memory, Fort Armstrong Folk Festival organizers embrace their 43rd year with …

Built to last: Owning a historic home carries a burden

By John Conti
In 1778, while Fort Pitt was still in use and the Revolutionary War was still under way, a settler named David Stephenson carved out a …

Tarentum’s Heritage Museum gets creative with drawing visitors

By Jake Flannick
After long-awaited plans to replace the windows of the Allegheny-Kiski Valley Heritage Museum were unexpectedly delayed late last month, the few people closely involved in …

Quecreek mine rescue transforms life of farm owner

By Alicia McElhaney
As the 12th anniversary of the Quecreek Mine rescue approaches, the owner of the dairy farm where nine miners were trapped underground for 77 hours …

Speaker focuses on rare Civil War photos at Cal U roundtable

By Les Harvath
Without question, Alexander Gardner’s name is not nearly as famous as that of his boss, Matthew Brady, famed Civil War-era photographer. But shortly after Gardner’s …

Professor learns powder horn he found in ’50s was stolen, returns it

By Corinne Kennedy
A University of Pittsburgh anthropology professor returned an ornate, Colonial-era powder horn to the Western Massachusetts museum from which it vanished in 1949. James Richardson, …

Unity man, brother donate Native American artifacts to museum

By Mary Pickels
A gift from two area brothers, weighing more than 1,000 pounds and packed in dozens of boxes, represents the most significant collection the State Museum …