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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 ...

Museum honoring writer with Pittsburgh ties breaks ground in Nebraska

By Rachel Weaver
Construction of a museum honoring a world renowned author with Pittsburgh ties is under way in Red Cloud, Neb. The National Willa Cather Center is set ...

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 thunderstorm ...

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, will ...

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 pressing ...

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 in Washington ...

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 its ...

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 Pittsburgh, ...

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 ...