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History center to hold onto disputed Brashear time capsule for now

By Bob Bauder 7:52 p.m.
The Heinz History Center is keeping watch over the contents of a time capsule discovered at the John A. Brashear factory as Pittsburgh and a …

Gun used by agent who helped jail Capone headed to museum

By The Associated Press
MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J. — The gun is a triumph of American craftsmanship from the early 20th century, its sleek barrel familiar to anyone raised on the ...

Brashear capsule donation sought by history center

By Bobby Kerlik
The head of the Heinz History Center said Thursday he hopes the contractor who discovered a time capsule more than 120 years old in the ...

Connellsville boasts connections to Hollywood, history-making athletes

By Mark Hofmann
The richest part of Connellsville’s history happened before the town had become a town. “For its small size, Connellsville had an outsized influence on American ...

Mt. Pleasant known for backing military, glass industries, health care

By Karl Polacek
People from Eastern Pennsylvania and the Virginia and Maryland areas began settling around Mt. Pleasant Borough about 1770, 15 years after Gen. Edward Braddock’s expedition ...

Overholt, Frick families have ties to West Overton Village and Museums

By Karl Polacek
The West Overton Village and Museums is on Route 819 between Route 119 and Scottdale in East Huntingdon. According to Jessica Kadie-Barclay, museums managing director, ...

Mt. Pleasant’s background colored by entrepreneurial spirit

By Karl Polacek
The business district in Mt. Pleasant has a rich history. Levin Furniture Jessie Levin persuaded her husband, Sam, to establish Levin Furniture as a “dignified” ...

Scottdale, Everson — separated by creek — share mining past

By Karl Polacek
Scottdale was incorporated in 1874 from land in East Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County. Everson — on the other side of Jacobs Creek in Fayette County ...

Civil War comes to Donora

By Jeremy Sellew
Residents from the region got their first look back at the Civil War on Friday as the Donora Historical Society and the Donora Public Library opened the traveling exhibit – “The Civil War in Pennsylvania: 1861-1865” – in the library’s ...

Exploring History: Brig. Gen. John Forbes recalled

By Miles Richards
Most western Pennsylvanians are aware that U.S. Route 30 was once known as the “Forbes Road.” They also may recall that Brig. Gen. John Forbes had captured Fort Duquesne, in November 1758, amid the French & Indian War. But they would ...

Nearly 450 students delve into past for National History Day competition at Heinz center

By Adam Brandolph
When other students  selected historic heroes such as Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Jackie Robinson as subjects for their National History Day projects, Samantha Trentadue decided ...

Treasure of World War II posters comes to light at Grove City College

By Rick Wills
No one had opened the locked library drawer since 1954. “I asked what was in it. Nobody knew. I then tried one key after another ...

Gettysburg march re-enactors to share tale with Chestnut Ridge Historical Society

By Barbara Starn
Union soldier and Gettysburg veteran Peter Guibert of Pittsburgh’s North Side celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1913 by marching from ...

Donora to bask in spotlight of Civil War program

By Ron Paglia
Donora isn’t often associated with the Civil War. But the community will be the focus of attention on that subject when the Donora Historical Society and ...

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, ...