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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 …

Hanna’s Town transports visitors back to 18th century situations

By Emma Deihle
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in Western Pennsylvania in the 18th century? A visit to historic Hanna’s Town is your chance …

Party welcomes 1856 pickles to Heinz History Center

By Bob Karlovits
Piloting a parcel of perfectly preserved pickles poses a problem. But David Hawley and staffers at the Senator John Heinz History Center in the Strip …

Symphony to honor Block House at concert

By Mark Kanny
The Pittsburgh Symphony will honor the Fort Pitt Block House on its 250th anniversary by playing Aaron Copland’s “Letter from Home” at its Three Rivers …

‘Star-Spangled Summer’ celebrates 200th birthday of national anthem

By Rex Rutkoski
For 25 nightmarish hours, on a night described today by a historian as “rainy and kind of spooky,” the fate of our young nation seemed …

D-Day: The 70th anniversary of a day that changed the world

By Tribune-Review
They made up the greatest armada the world has ever seen — nearly 156,000 troops, about 5,000 ships and more than 11,000 airplanes — all …

Pittsburgh’s recent memorials tug at emotions

By John Conti
War is so awful that we’ve developed over the years a system of cliches — both rhetorical and architectural — to deal with it and …

Allegheny-Kiski Valley Historical Society’s Flea-tique returns

By R. A. Monti
It all started in the basement of the Heritage Museum in Tarentum. An idea for a small fundraiser to benefit the museum. Some antiques were …

Historical society celebrates 150th anniversary of journalist Nellie Bly’s birth

By Braden Ashe
About 30 people joined the Apollo Area Historical Society on Sunday to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the borough’s most famous daughter. …

History center accepting donations from McKeesport area

By Carol Waterloo Frazier
Thousands of items documenting the rich history and heritage of McKeesport and neighboring communities are housed at the McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center. Located …

Pittsburgh-built steamboat, found in Missouri cornfield, subject of Heinz exhibit

By Bob Karlovits
Call it an adventure story or a search for lost treasure, but the tale of a disappearing steamboat in Kansas also points out the role …