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St. Rita of Cascia Roman Catholic Church marks centennial in Connellsville

By Marilyn Forbes
When the culturally diverse City of Connellsville was seeking a Catholic church for its Italian immigrants, the Rev. Enrico DeVivo answered a plea. The St. Rita ...

Women’s research fuels program at Tarentum library

By Debbie Black
Kathy Bollinger and Louise Stanzione dig into the past in the history-room collection at the Tarentum branch of the Community Library of Allegheny Valley. Through their ...

Happy birthday, Mr. Ferris: Big wheel’s inventor had close ties to Pittsburgh

By Joe Wos
There is some irony in George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. sharing his birthday with Valentine’s Day. For more than a century, many young couples have stolen ...

Tracing African-American genealogy to be topic at event

By Cynthia Bombach Helzel
When Marlene Garrett Bransom set out in 1984 to trace her family’s history in Greene County, she was excited by the prospect of what she ...

Book: Area synagogues central to lives of Jews settling near industry

By Ron Paglia
Synagogues in the mid-Monongahela Valley served a long and viable role in the lives of Jewish families that comprised their congregations for many years. That ...

Cal U speaker parallels treatment of Civil War, Vietnam veterans

By Les Harvath
Even though he’s only 28 years old, Ohio native Dr. Brian Jordan has appeared at Civil War roundtables from Vermont to California, the state of, ...

Civil War anniversary inspires ‘Coverlet Casualty’ exhibit at St. Vincent College gallery

By Stacey Federoff
Even as their handiwork was being tucked onto the beds of wounded Civil War soldiers, the weaver’s life in the 1860s was beginning to unravel ...

Experts to seek more history at the Point

By Bob Karlovits
The first forward-looking steps are being taken toward examining the pre-Colonial history of Point State Park. But fear not, the plan is aimed at systematically ...

Director Jackson helping to open WWI museum

By The Associated Press
Director Peter Jackson says he’s putting his energy into helping launch a museum to commemorate World War I after finishing his “Hobbit” movie trilogy. If he has any plans for future blockbusters, he’s not saying. Jackson was speaking last week ...

Book tells history of Mt. Pleasant

By Marilyn Forbes
From vivid scenes of the coal and coke industry that bustled in the area to wonderful glimpses into the old academic history that was once ...

Author takes final look back in Brownsville history series

By Ron Paglia
It was, as business stays go, a rather brief run — less than a decade. But Isaly’s in Brownsville left an indelible mark on residents of ...

Pittsburgh’s churches, sacred places highlight city’s history

By Rachel Weaver
A group gathered just inside the entrance of a century-old Pittsburgh church and took a moment to shake off the frigid winter chill before rounding ...

Fayette County history could fetch big bucks at Ohio auction

By Mary Pickels
A slice of Fayette County’s history will sell to the highest bidder Friday. More than two dozen pieces of pottery, stoneware, paintings and other artwork ...

Civil War era’s Gov. Curtin an early Republican leader in Pa., staunch Lincoln supporter

By Miles Richard
Most Pennsylvania residents are glad the recent elections are over. A primary issue within the gubernatorial contest was public education funding. Few persons, however, know that the earliest efforts to establish a statewide public school network occurred through the auspices of ...

153-year-old Venango well pumps out oil, history

By Bloomberg News
About 70 miles north of Pittsburgh, a pothole-pocked dirt road along the side of a warehouse leads to a solitary oil well, undisturbed by the recent plunge in crude prices. McClintock No. 1, the world’s oldest continually producing oil well, is ...

Colonial leaders extended legacy to Mon Valley towns

By Ron Paglia
Part 2 of 2 Peter DeHaven not only produced muskets, he developed the long rifle using his knowledge of German technology, James William Morgan Jr. ...

Former Duquesne Brewery headquarters nominated for historic status

By Sam Spatter
The former Duquesne Brewery headquarters on the South Side is being nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. The Brew House Association and its development partner, Trek Development Group, will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at ...

Hulton Bridge to be focus of Oakmont historian’s talk

By Joyce Hanz
Western Pennsylvania has dozens of bridges that are creaking, rusting and inching toward the status of structurally unsafe, including the Jonathon Hulton Bridge. The only bridge ...

Penn Avenue site tops group’s preservation list

By Kellie B. Gormly
You may have spotted an aging site around Pittsburgh and found the building, bridge or pool to be charming. “But you may not even realize ...

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 ...