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Selected books

Bartlette, Virginia K. Keeping House: Women's Lives in Western Pennsylvania, 1790-1850. Pittsburgh, PA.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1994.

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Growing up in coal country. Boston, MA.: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1996.

Bell, Thomas, 1903-1961. Out of this furnace. Pittsburgh, PA.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1961.

Beyond Adversity: African-Americans' struggle for equality in Western Pennsylvania, 1750-1990. Pittsburgh, PA.: Museum Programs Division, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, c1993.

Bishop, Patricia. Chicken and Biscuits: The story of a family in a Western Pennsylvania Coal and Coke Town. Clearfield, PA.: [s.n.], 1988.

Dickerson, Dennis C. Out of the Crucible: Black Steelworkers in Western Pennsylvania, 1875-1980. State University of New York Press, 1986.

Feldman, Jacob. The Jewish Experience in Western Pennsylvania: A History, 1755-1945. Pittsburgh, PA.: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1986.

Heckewelder, John Gottlieb Ernestus, 1743-1823. Thirty-thousand miles with John Heckewelder, or, Travels amoung the Indians of Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio in the 18th Century. Lewisburg, PA.: Wennawoods Publishing, 1998.

The Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh: The first 100 Years: An historical narrative about the building of this "house" and the people who made it happen. Pittsburgh, PA.: The Center, 1995.

Miner, Curtis. Homestead: The story of a steel town. Pittsburgh, PA.: Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, 1989.

Morrison, Joan. American Mosaic: The immigrant experience in the words of those who lived it. Pittsburgh, PA.: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1993.

Sanger, Martha Frick Symington. Henry Clay Frick: An intimate portrait. 1st ed. New York: Abbeville Press Publishers, c1998.

Syka, Andrew, 1920. Growing up in Woods Run, 1920-1939. Sunnyvale, CA.: A. Syka, c1999.

Worley, Howard V. Pittsburgh's Vintage Firemen, 1790-1915. 1st ed. Saxonburg, PA.: HowDy Productions, 1997.

Web links

Joe Magarac

Mike Fink (An Encarta Encyclopedia description)

Mike Fink (An elementary school story)

John Henry

Satchel Paige

Josh Gibson

Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente: Sports Heroes

George Westinghouse: A biography of this prolific inventor who helped spearhead the Industrial Revolution in America

Some famous Pittsburghers (Some may be heroes and heroines)

"Pittsburghers of the Century" - WQED Pittsburgh Magazine

Father Cox of the Strip District

Jonas Salk

Rachel Carson

Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

Real African-American Heroes

Soldiers and Sailors Museum

Tamburitzans: Folk dance organization at Duquesne Univ., Pittsburgh shares its history, booking information and schedule.

Pittsburgh Ethnic History Writings by Larry Ciptak, Maduro Marketing Want to learn more about your western Pennsylvanian ethnic roots? This page is for you.

Turn-of-the-Century Child Research and analysis of visual materials to learn about the world of children across the country at the turn of the century. Students then research additional primary sources to compile a scrapbook for a hypothetical child. Grades 6-8.

Early Pioneer Life -Weddings on the Frontier - Frontier Dress

Black History Month - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette-Wilson's plays give view from the Hill - August Wilson's plays have given audiences all over the world a feeling of what life was like in Pittsburgh's Hill District.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh List of Pittsburgh Organizations

The History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Public Libraries

Discover Pittsburgh! Pittsburgh History. The links here cover southwestern Pennsylvania as well as Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.

Celebrate the Century: US Postal Service: Introduces the ideas of commemorative stamps and prompts students to consider people, objects, and events deserving of commemoration in their own community: Lesson Plans.

Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Researching hometown children and the depression

Africans in America: Youth activity Guide


Pittsburgh Walking Tours. The Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning has put together walking tours of several areas of town, including Allegheny West, Mexican War Streets, Manchester, Fourth Avenue, Grant Street, Mellon Square, Monongehela Wharf, and Downtown Churches.

Alle-Kiski Valley Local History from Native People, Frontier Forts, Pioneers, Indsutry, etc.

Brookline History/Photo Gallery *Brookline Yesterday and Today

The Hill District History

Mount Pleasant PA Original website. Photos, history and info about this small town in Southwestern Pennsylvania Westmoreland County...

History of Duquesne - Glassport - McKeesport - West Mifflin - Wilmerding, PA

Community Resources

Nationality Rooms, University of Pittsburgh

Tamburitzans, Duquesne University

Pittsburgh Folk Festival


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