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Unity man collects bits of Westmoreland County history

By Jacob Tierney
Tim Welty has a keen eye for the old and the unusual — even a discarded brick can grab his attention. “I saw it in the ...

U.S. ambassador to Italy, a Leechburg native, helps family find ‘roots’

By George Guido
Many children and grandchildren of immigrants have only dreamed of returning to their ancestral birthplaces. But U.S. Ambassador to Italy and Leechburg High School graduate John ...

History Center looks at Pittsburgh’s role in WWII

By Bob Karlovits
Walter Patton of Glassport knows quite clearly how World War II was won on the beaches of Normandy as well as in the factories of ...

Tarentum, Natrona walking tour to focus on revitalization efforts

By Joyce Hanz
Walk, talk, and explore historical landmarks in two Allegheny River communities — Tarentum and Natrona — on April 25 with an educational walking tour. Sponsored by ...

First WWI gas attack produced new horrors, changed warfare

By The Associated Press
STEENSTRATE, Belgium — As a spring breeze wafted into his trench, commander Georges Lamour of the French 73rd infantry saw something almost surreal drift his ...

Western Reserve Insulator Club celebrates unique history

By Debbie Black
For Western Reserve Insulator Club members Ron Barth and John Hovanec, the chance to share the artistic and historical value of their colorful glass telegraph ...

Civil War’s 150th anniversary fails to pique interest in memorabilia

By Jason Cato
With five years of 150th anniversary Civil War commemorations coming to an end, longtime artifact collectors and experts expected interest in the pivotal American conflict ...

Pittsburgh worked, supplied materials in Civil War

By Brian Bowling
Pittsburgh wasn’t a battleground during the Civil War, but it played an integral role in the conflict as a staging area and a supplier for ...

Temple professor portrays Civil War general at Latrobe library

By Stacey Federoff
One of Pennsylvania’s most courageous Civil War generals was not present during the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Army at Appomattox ...

Latrobe Historical Society marks 70th anniversary of end of World War II

By Stacey Federoff
During World War II in Latrobe, residents lined up for parades to wish recruits well on their way to the train station, used their ration ...

South Side churches welcome walking tour to neighborhood

By Rex Rutkoski
With bar crawls, a soup contest, house tours and Step Trek already fixtures on the South Side, Sharon Sobol thought it was time to introduce ...

Armstrong County crew living history at Appomattox

By Brigid Beatty
Four Armstrong County men carrying muskets and wearing blue woolen uniforms marched in their ancestors’ footsteps last week at Appomattox, Va., during the 150th anniversary ...

American Civil War vets found success, blame during unique service in Egypt

By Betsy Hiel
CAIRO — Palm fronds and gnarled eucalyptus branches obscure an obelisk-topped monument in an old Anglican cemetery here. Potted plants, a broken clock, a small wooden ...

Gallatin house tours a hit at New Geneva’s Friendship Hill

By Franklin Lacava
Public interest exceeded expectations for this year’s “top to bottom” tour of Friendship Hill National Historic Site. Initially, three tours limited to 15 visitors each ...

Greater Monessen Historical Society stirs melting pot with exhibit on Finns

By Chris Buckley
Monessen was a true “melting pot,” its history forged by various ethnic groups of people who came to the city beginning in the early 20th ...

Civil War celebrations in Western Pa. end 150th observances

By Alice T. Carter
Two full-scale productions and a flurry of special events will mark the end of the 150th anniversary observance of the American Civil War. Begun April 12, ...

150 years ago, Lee surrenders to Grant

By The Associated Press
Editor’s note: When Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in a farmhouse parlor in Appomattox Court House in ...

Cal U Roundtable speaker to delve into Gettysburg Address

By Les Harvath
Return with us to those thrilling days of yesteryear when, as elementary-school students, we memorized Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. “Ready class, ‘Four score and seven…’’’ Memorization, indeed, ...

Apollo historical society series looks at disasters

By Pamela Murphy
The Alle-Kiski Valley is touted as a safe place to live and is generally regarded as having low risk for natural disasters. Nestled in the ...

Fort Necessity ranger discusses site’s significance to history

By Karl Polacek
Most people who live in Fayette County know a little about the history of Fort Necessity and of Friendship Hill. Few know the depth of ...