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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Last Chance To RSVP For The Mother Daughter Tea

Next Saturday, Dec. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., gather your favorite ladies - grandmothers, mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, friends, and sisters - at the History Center for a special Mother Daughter Tea With the Lincolns, sponsored by Robert Peirce & Associates.

Join President and Mrs. Lincoln for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War and Lincoln Slept Here exhibition, as well as live entertainment, tea, and refreshments.

This delightful event costs $30 per person for members and $40 per person for non-members.

Hurry - spaces are limited! RSVPs must be made by this Friday, Dec. 4.

To make your reservation, please call Megan Kuniansky at 412-454-6436 or e-mail

Enjoy Annual History Center Holiday Book Fair

This Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., celebrate the History Center's 130th anniversary and mingle with more than 50 regional authors during our Annual Holiday Book Fair, sale and book-signing.

Authors include Art Rooney, Jr., Roy McHugh, Jennifer Antkowiak, Dave Crawley, Jim O'Brien, and many more of your favorites.

Click here for a complete list of authors.

Plus, you'll enjoy live music and free hot beverages.
Books make great holiday gifts! History Center and Sports Museum Members receive 10% off all book purchases.

To become a member, please contact Megan Kuniansky at 412-454-6436 or e-mail membership@hswp.org.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Live and Learn Weekend Live Webcast

The Senator John Heinz History Center will be livestreaming Live and Learn Weekend beginning Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and will feature a live question and answer session.

To watch the the live Webcast, please click here.
(Please Note: Video will not appear until specified start times.)

This event's featured book will be:

My Confederate Kinfolk: a 21st-century Freedwoman Discovers Her Roots by Thulani Davis (2007)

We're very excited to be livestreaming this program around the world, but please bare with us as it is our very first Webcast!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Support the History Center on PittsburghGives Match Day 2009

Be a match-maker and help support the Senator John Heinz History Center on PittsburghGives Match Day 2009!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 28, every donation made to the History Center on
pittsburghgives.org will be matched $0.50 to the $1.00 by the Pittsburgh Foundation.

Participants must act fast as the Pittsburgh Foundation's generous offer of $300,000 is not just available to the History Center, but hundreds of other non-profit organizations across Western Pennsylvania. The challenge match will be in effect until 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 or until matching funds are exhausted. Here are some easy tips for getting started:

1.) Visit

2.) Click the green LogIn link at the top-right corner of the homepage.

3.) Click "Create Login."

4.) Complete the registration form and click "Register."

Then tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 28 beginning at 10 a.m. visit http://pittsburghgives.guidestar.org/, enter "Senator John Heinz History Center" under "Find Nonprofits," and make your minimum donation of $50 by credit card.

For more information or questions, please visit www.pittsburghgives.org. You may also contact Cara Lindberg at 412-454-6325 or calindberg@hswp.org.

Monday, October 19, 2009

KDKA-TV Televises History Center's Antiques Appraisal Show Tonight

Starting tonight, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m., KDKA-TV will begin airing monthly broadcasts of the second season of "Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show."

Hosted by History Center President and CEO Andy Masich and KDKA-TV news anchor Ken Rice, the 30-minute program highlights collectibles and family heirlooms nearly 2,000 members and visitors brought to the History Center for appraisals last fall. The event encouraged visitors to bring in their prized paintings, antique toys, sports memorabilia, and more to the History Center. Visitors met with professional appraisers for a verbal assessment of potential monetary value.

KDKA-TV camera crews roamed the History Center in search of the most unique items to be included in the nine-part series.

Upcoming air dates on KDKA-TV include:

  • TONIGHT - Monday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Monday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Stay tuned to http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org or check local television listings for additional information.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Publications and Book Reviews

By: Sherrie Flick, editorial assistant, Senator John Heinz History Center

What the Heart Can Bear: Selected and Uncollected Poems, 1979-1993
By Robert Gibb
(Pittsburgh: Autumn House Press, 2009)
150 pps., softcover $19.95

Poet Robert Gibb was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania. His latest collection, out with Pittsburgh-based Autumn House Press and his eighth book of poetry, is a selection of his early work. As Michael Waters notes, “This book belongs among those worn American classics crammed on the rough-hewn shelf nailed onto the mudroom walls.” Nature and earth and poignant observations of the world around him abound: “The fires of the fields rattle my sight, / And out in what I say is the wind, the dead go on / Without us, flaking in the falling air.”

Monongehela Dusk: A Novel
By John Hoerr
Illustrations by Bill Yund
(Pittsburgh: Autumn House Press, 2009)
310 pps., softcover $19.95

This novel by veteran labor journalist and McKeesport native John Hoerr, author of And the Wolf Finally Came, works its way from 1937 to 1950. Labor turmoil sweeps across Western Pennsylvania as traveling beer sales person Pete Bonner picks up a hitchhiker Joe Miravich. This fateful meeting forms an unlikely alliance to thwart the economic and political powers conspiring against them and which, 40 years later, turn the mill towns of the Monongahela Valley into blighted relics of the industrial era.

Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend
By Larry Tye

(New York: Random House, 2009)
Photographs, index, 398 pps., hardcover $26

Just a small section of journalist Larry Tye’s thick book focuses on the Pittsburgh years for Satchel Paige and his time with the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Chapter 3, “The Glory Trail,” chronicles 25-year-old Paige’s meet up with Crawford’s owner Gus Greenlee, the rivalry between the Homestead Grays and the Crawfords, and Paige’s rise to Negro league’s 1934 All-Star player. Tye notes that by the 1930s “Pittsburgh was to America’s black sports scene what Harlem was to its literary and arts life.”

Publications and Book Reviews

By: Art Louderback, chief librarian, Senator John Heinz History Center's Library & Archives

They Flew Proud
By Jane Gardner Birch
(Nappanee, Ind.: Evangel Publishing House, 2007)
Illustrations, bibliography, index, 190 pp., $35.00 hardcover

Traveling on Interstate 79, you may have noticed gliders and parasail flyers near the Grove City exit. This is what remains of Grove City’s important aviation history. The small Grove City Airport became part of a vocational education program to train pilots known as the Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1939. It was transformed during World War II as a vehicle to teach pilots for the war effort. The program trained nearly 500 pilots during the war. After the war, the airport slowly fell into disrepair and was finally replaced by a newer airport.

Nickelodeon City: Pittsburgh at the Movies, 1905-1929
By Michael Aronson
(Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008)
Illustrations, bibliography, index, xvii, 300 pp., $35.95 hardcover

One of Pittsburgh’s many innovations was the first motion picture house, the Nickelodeon. Aronson follows the emergence of the film industry in the city, describing the growth of new theaters and the industry itself. Many of the heads of Hollywood’s major studios came through Pittsburgh before they moved on to California. Much of the research for this book came from the Pittsburgh Motion Picture Bulletin, a unique local trade journal that captured the growth of film in the area.

The Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cookbook
By Paul Hartley
(Berkeley, Calif.: Ten Speed Press, 2008)
Illustrations, index, 85 pp., $12.95 hardcover

This is a good cookbook for cooks who want to use the most well known Pittsburgh food product: Heinz ketchup. Heinz ketchup is known and sold worldwide. Hartley has many interesting recipes interspersed with intriguing facts and trivia about the product. There are also classic advertisements and a timeline of ketchup bottles.

Monday, August 17, 2009

See All Six Steelers' Super Bowl Trophies at the History Center

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Senator John Heinz History Center will welcome all six Steelers' Super Bowl trophies beginning today, Monday, Aug. 17 through Sunday, Aug. 30.

The unique Super Bowl display - which includes all six trophies resting on a steel beam with a mural of the Super Bowl victories behind it - will provide excellent photo opportunities for Steelers fans.Don't miss your last chance to get up-close-and-personal with the six Lombardi trophies before they return to the Steelers team headquarters.

Copyright Pittsburgh Steelers/Mike Fabus

In conjunction with the six Super Bowl trophies, the Sports Museum today also launched Behind the Scenes with the Pittsburgh Steelers: Photographs by Mike Fabus, a new exhibit featuring the work of team photographer Mike Fabus, who has shot hundreds of thousands of images over his almost 30-year career.

From sideline shots of the Steelers' legendary teams to the pre-game rituals and post-game celebrations of the teams' Super Bowl XL and XLIII victories, fans will get an intimate look at the players and team executives behind closed doors.

The exhibit, which includes nearly 50 never-before-seen photographs, will be showcased in the History Center's fourth floor Campbell gallery through Feb. 7, 2010.
To learn more, please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Second Annual “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show” Event

Got stuff? Want to be on camera?

If so, bring your collectibles, heirlooms, and other prized possessions to the History Center for the second annual “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show” event. On Sunday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., professional appraisers from a variety of disciplines will assess the historic significance of your items and provide a verbal assessment of potential monetary value.

More than 30 professional appraisers will identify items from a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Militaria

  • Sports and presidential memorabilia

  • Books and documents

  • Antique coins and jewelry

  • Furniture and household items (China, glass, silver, vases, etc.)

  • Classic toys

  • Textiles (wedding dresses, quilts, etc.)

  • American and European art

Each visitor is allowed to bring two items for appraisal. These can be of any size that will fit through a standard doorway. It is required that visitors be able to move their item through the event on their own. Antique firearms will be permitted, but WILL BE inspected by our gun expert (as visitors enter the first set of doors) before they will be allowed into the History Center.

Visitors to last year’s event received appraisals of their items as high as $125,000, with the most unique items from the event featured on a popular seven-part series shown on KDKA-TV throughout the year.

During this year’s “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures” event KDKA-TV’s Ken Rice and Yvonne Zanos and the History Center’s Andy Masich will roam the museum with camera crews seeking out the most unique items. Many segments will be included as part of the show’s second season on KDKA-TV beginning this fall.

The event is included in the regular History Center admission prices.

History Center Members Enjoy Special Perks During Appraisal Show

History Center members are invited to visit the History Center beginning at 9:00 a.m., one hour before the museum opens to the public, to attend a “members only” appraisal session from 9-10:00 a.m.

Throughout the day, History Center members will also have access to a fast-tracked, “members only” line that will expedite their opportunity to meet with appraisals. To take advantage of this perk and purchase or renew a History Center membership, please visit the museum's online store or call 412-454-6436.

Friday, July 17, 2009

KDKA-TV Televises Special "Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures" Marathon

Tune in to KDKA-TV this Sunday, July 19 between 3 and 5:30 p.m. for a special "Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show" marathon featuring the first six episodes from season one.

Hosted by History Center President and CEO Andy Masich and KDKA-TV's Ken Rice, each 30-minute episode highlights collectibles, heirlooms, and other prized possessions that nearly 2,000 Pittsburghers brought to the History Center for appraisals last fall.

KDKA-TV will air the seventh and final episode of the season on Monday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about
"Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show," please visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sports Museum Nominated as Best Kids Museum in Pittsburgh

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center has been nominated as the best museum for kids in Pittsburgh by Parents' Picks Awards 2009.

Voting closes on Wednesday, July 15.

Follow this link to start voting:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Forbes Field: A Century of Memories

In 1908, city leaders developed plans for one of baseball’s iconic stadiums. Legendary Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss opened Forbes Field, the world’s first three-tiered steel and concrete stadium, one year later in 1909.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of America’s most famous parks, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will honor Forbes Field throughout the summer with a new exhibition.

Forbes Field: A Century of Memories, an exhibit that opens on Thursday, June 27, will celebrate the iconic park through a series of photographs, fan memorabilia, and never-before-seen artifacts from the park’s illustrious history.

Forbes Field: A Century of Memories focuses on several key events in Forbes Field history, including the legendary 1909 World Series between the Pirates and Detroit Tigers, which featured Hall of Famers Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb, and the 1960 World Series, which featured one of baseball’s most famous moments, when Bill Mazeroski’s walk-off homerun beat the New York Yankees for the World Series title.

Fans of all ages will enjoy rare artifacts and unique memorabilia from local baseball history, including:

  • Forbes Field construction photographs, along with a ticket and invitations from the first game in 1909

  • Team owner Barney Dreyfuss’ personal day planners from the Pirates’ World Series championship years in 1909 and 1925

  • 1910 baseball cards of Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb

  • An original Homestead Grays uniform from the 1940s

  • A baseball signed by Babe Ruth on the day he hit three homeruns at Forbes Field in 1935

  • An original Forbes Field window and signage, along with seats, and banners

  • Dozens of never-before-seen photos of Forbes Field throughout the years

  • Roberto Clemente’s game-used bat from 1966

  • The pitching rubber from the 1960 World Series

  • Scorecards, tickets, and game programs from throughout the iconic stadium’s history

Forbes Field: A Century of Memories also explores Pittsburgh’s other ballparks (including Exposition Park and Three Rivers Stadium), the unique fan experience at Forbes Field, and a look back at the other teams and events hosted at Forbes Field, such as Negro League baseball, professional and collegiate football, boxing, and much more.

Fans are also invited to learn more about local sports history by visiting the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum located on the History Center’s second and third floors.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lincoln bLog: My Surprise Appearance

By: Abraham Lincoln, guest blog writer, Senator John Heinz History Center

Four score and seven years ago…

Okay, not really, but my new exhibit at the History Center has made quite an impact since opening just a couple of weeks ago.

People are rushing to see Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War and Lincoln Slept Here, just like the 15,000 people who mobbed downtown Pittsburgh to hear me speak on Feb. 14, 1861.

(1861? Yes, you read that correctly. I’m starting to get up there, but you know what they say, “You’re only as old as you feel!”)

I made a surprise visit during a preview reception for the exhibition and read excerpts from that speech, delivered from my balcony at the Monongahela House hotel en route to my inauguration.

After captivating the audience with my speech, History Center Chairman of the Board Steve Tritch signaled for the firing of a Civil War-era cannon and with that, my exhibit was officially open.

You can watch video highlights from the preview reception below:

Make sure to come back and visit my bLog soon. Videos, blogs, online slideshows, wow. Now if I can only figure out this cell phone thing…


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

We All Scream for Ice Cream U

By: Brian Butko, publications director, Senator John Heinz History Center

Ice Cream U: The Story of the Nation's Most Successful Collegiate Creamery
By Lee Stout
72 pages, 41 color/60 b&w illustrations, $19.95 cloth

It’s not just alumni who know of Penn State’s famous creamery. Fans around the world recognize the university’s program and its ice cream as one of the school’s great success stories. This large-format book does the story justice by exploring the history of the creamery from modest beginnings as an agricultural college to today’s internationally recognized research and education facility.

Dairy studies began there as early as 1865, and two short courses were launched in 1892. A correspondence course was also started that year. Experimental work focused on both fundamental and practical research to provide information to both farmers and commercial producers. The Creamery began selling its excess output in 1902, and by 1912, 195 farmers were supplying milk for total sales of nearly $70,000.

But enough of that — I know you want to hear about ice cream! That’s here too, from Peachy Paterno to WPSU Coffee Break, in glorious color. After detailing the history of the program, the book comes alive with sections on the flavors, the new Creamery, the ice-cream making process (from cow to cone in 4 days), and dairy farms. And more than ice cream is made there; milk, sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, ricotta cheese, and yogurt are also produced and packaged. The images, both vintage sepia and modern shots, are laid out and reproduced beautifully.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lincoln bLog: Countdown to New Lincoln Exhibition

By: Abraham Lincoln, guest blog writer, Senator John Heinz History Center

Oh gosh, I’m so excited!

The opening of my big Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War and Lincoln Slept Here exhibition is just days away.

The curators at the History Center are busy putting the final touches in preparation of Saturday’s opening. Boy, with all these great photos and artifacts, you might say that I’ve never looked better!

Our friends at CBS Radio Pittsburgh put together a wonderful video preview of the exhibit that I wanted to share it with you all. Click on the play button below:

Isn’t technology great?

In my day, we didn’t have fancy computers or the Internet, just an old fashioned pen and paper. Although I’ve heard the telegraph is quite a neat invention….

I’ll look forward to seeing everyone at the History Center beginning this Saturday. Don’t forget to wear your top hats.

Regards, Abe

Friday, May 22, 2009

Welcome to the Lincoln bLog

By: Abraham Lincoln, guest blog writer, Senator John Heinz History Center

It is with great pleasure I announce that my, I mean, the History Center’s upcoming exhibition, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War and Lincoln Slept Here, is opening to the public on Saturday, May 30.

Today, I stopped by the History Center for a sneak peak and was rather impressed with my (I’ve got to stop saying that!), I mean, their exhibit which takes an intimate look into my life, my personal and professional struggles, and my determination to lead America through one of its most challenging times.

I think the biggest highlight of the exhibit is the actual bed and bedroom set from the Monongahela House, the downtown Pittsburgh hotel where I stayed on Feb. 14, 1861, en route to my inauguration. That’s right – I did sleep here, Pittsburgh. It’s not a myth!

The History Center museum curators were busy reconstructing the bed today, but I managed to sneak a photo to share with you all – don’t’ tell!

I’ll be back soon with more behind-the-scenes photos and details from the new exhibit. Until then, check out www.heinzhistorycenter.org for the very latest.

Isn’t technology great? Respectfully yours, Abe

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Enjoy Western Pennsylvania History Magazine Now Online

By: Brian Butko, publications director, Senator John Heinz History Center

The History Center is pleased to announce the content of Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, stretching back to 1918, has been scanned and is now available online at no cost to the public.

The thousand pages of text were scanned and made searchable by the Office of Digital Scholarly Publishing at Penn State. Now anyone with an Internet connection can search the text back to 1918 and instantly access any article. For now, 2002 is the latest year scanned but that will be brought closer to the year of publication. Enjoy!

Click here to start searching.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Got Stuff???

Did you come across any interesting items in your attic or basement while spring cleaning? If so, bring your stuff to the History Center this summer for the second annual “Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures, An Antiques Appraisal Show.”

On Sunday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., professional appraisers from a variety of disciplines will assess the historic significance of your items and provide a verbal assessment of potential monetary value.

Throughout the day, KDKA cameras will roam the History Center seeking out the most unique and unusual items that visitors have uncovered. Among the appraisers’ areas of expertise are:
  • Civil War and World War II items

  • Political and presidential memorabilia

  • Books and documents

  • Antique coins and jewelry

  • Household items (glass, China, silver, vases, etc.)

  • Classic toys

  • Textiles (wedding dresses, quilts, etc.)

  • Fine arts

  • Furniture

  • Historic photographs

The event is free for members and is included in the regular History Center admission prices. Stay tuned to www.heinzhistorycenter.org for details on special members-only privileges and a list of appraisers scheduled to attend.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life Reopens This Weekend

Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Museum of Rural Life will celebrate its 40th season on opening weekend this Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.

More than 14,000 visitors flocked to Avella, Pa. last season to see the new enclosure on the 16,000-year-old Rockshelter, the earliest site of human habitation in North America. The new observation deck allows families and large groups to explore the oldest and deepest parts of the Rockshelter with trained, on-site interpreters who explain what life was like for North America’s first inhabitants.

Alongside the Rockshelter, a National Historic Landmark,
Meadowcroft also boasts a new 17th century Indian Village that provides visitors with a glimpse of life in Western Pennsylvania prior to the arrival of European settlers. Visitors will explore a recreated walled village and experience hands-on activities of everyday life in a prehistoric Indian village.

The Eastern Woodland Indian Village allows visitors to travel 400 years in the past and explore the interior of a wigwam, inspect carefully recreated prehistoric artifacts, and try their hand at using an atlatl, a prehistoric spear thrower.

To start planning your trip to Meadowcroft, please visit http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/meadowcroft.aspx.

Meadowcroft Celebrates Ruby Anniversary

Forty years ago this June, Meadowcroft first opened its doors to the public and made a reality out of Albert and Delvin Miller’s vision to preserve our region’s rural heritage.

As a unique asset to the Western Pennsylvania region, Meadowcroft joined forces with the Heinz History Center in 1993, with long-term development plans for the outdoor museum and world famous archaeological site.

The first phase of development was completed last spring at Meadowcroft Rockshelter - the oldest site of human habitation in North America - with the opening of a new, visitor-friendly enclosure and the addition of a recreated 17th century Indian Village.

Future plans for the National Historic Landmark include a complete renovation of the visitor center and the addition of new program areas. The result will be a complete look at how people have adapted to the land over the past 16,000 years and shaped their environment in Western Pennsylvania.

Happy 40th anniversary to Meadowcroft!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Help the History Center celebrate 130 years!

As the oldest cultural institution in Western Pennsylvania, the History Center has become a major cultural asset in the region, an important economic generator, and an integral part of the region’s heritage tourism strategy.

The museum traces its roots back to 1879 with the formation of a group called the Old Residents of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania and later, the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Help the History Center celebrate 130 years throughout 2009 with a wide range of award-winning exhibitions, educational activities, publications, and outreach activities.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania

By: Sherrie Flick, editorial assistant, Senator John Heinz History Center

Recently received Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania
edited by Jennifer Baron, Greg Langel, Elizabeth Perry, and Mark Stroup. [Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2009, 204 pp., SC, $29.95] Pittsburgh turned 250 years old in 2008 and what better way to celebrate than with photographs of its landscape’s signs? From New Model Bakery to the YMCA to Walsh’s Lounge and Bar, nostalgia and love shine forth from neon tubing as well as billboards and flaking brick walls. Four-color images with insightful captions and mini-essays are scattered throughout and make a city proud.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Publications and Book Reviews

By: Brian Butko, director of publications, Senator John Heinz History Center

One main feature of the History Center’s blog will be publication and book reviews written by our Publications Division. You’ll still be able to enjoy regular reviews published in the History Center’s magazine,
Western Pennsylvania History, but now you’ll know right away when books of local interest are published. These will take the place of the very short reviews currently in the magazine.

What’s local interest? Geographically it’s Western Pennsylvania from the Mason-Dixon Line north to Erie, and from about Bedford to the Ohio border and sometimes including Youngstown or northern West Virginia. Topically the History Center will also cover works that may not be specific to the region, but encompass larger issues such as the French and Indian War or the steel industry. The Publications Division receives a wide variety and sometimes we’ll include those that are personal favorites too such as highway history from me or regional food from History Center Editorial Assistant Sherrie Flick.

Just received is The Seneca Restoration, 1715-1754: An Iroquois Local Political Economy by Kurt A. Jordan. [University Press of Florida, 2008, 426 pp., HC, $69.95] From the Society for Historical Archaeology comes this comprehensive look at the Senecas, challenging the popular notion that they and others in the Iroquois Confederacy were in decline by the late 17th century. Occasional photos, maps, and charts enliven the story.

Also just received is a fun and informative video, Fill ’er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations. [Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television, 2007, 30 minutes, DVD, $19.95] Like the accompanying book, this program succeeds by going beyond just a statewide focus to make the history, architecture, and stories behind gas stations enjoyable for a broad audience. The imagery and old movie clips are likewise absorbing.

Look for the Pittsburgh Signs book review coming soon from Sherrie!


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