Civil Rights: Witnesses To History
They are senior citizens now, but during the early 1960s, their youthful actions reshaped America. WQED shares the unforgettable memories and rare photographs of Civil Rights era activists including the Reverend C.T. Vivian, Sister Patricia McCann, and freedom singer Rutha Harris, who fought against segregation and for African-Americans' right to vote.
Civil Rights: Witnesses To History aired on Feb 21, 2011.
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When PBS's Antiques Roadshow shot new episodes in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2011, producers received thousands of requests from Western Pennsylvanians interested in showing their antiques. In this documentary, you'll go behind the scenes of the production and meet local people who learned more about their treasures.
Original airdate: Feb 22, 2012
Take a drive through Greene County, PAand you'll see lots of countryside, coal mines and something else:general stores. No, they're not a thing of the past. In fact, Greene County has so many general stores -- more than a dozen of them -- that it offers a self-guided driving tour. WQED's Tonia Caruso visits just a few, showinghow the stores blend a unique mix of history andmodern day amenities.
Original airdate: Jan 30, 2012
WQED contributing reporter Dave Crawley documents Western Pennsylvania's contributions to World War II, including the Bantam Jeep designed in Butler, LST production on Neville Island, steel production in Homestead and the Westinghouse artist who created the Rosie The Riveter image.
Original airdate: Jan 02, 2012
On December 19, 1907, a tremendous explosion shook the Youghiogheny River Valley at the Darr Mine in Van Meter, Westmoreland County, killing 239 men and boys. It remains the worst mining disaster in Pennsylvania history and led to important changes in the mining industry. Yet very few people know the story. With compelling interviews and rich archival images, the story focuses on a small, dedicated group of people - led by elderly Ann Toth of Bobtown, Pennsylvania - all determined to preserve the Darr's place in history.
Original airdate: Dec 19, 2011
Nestled in the rolling hills of northwestern Pennsylvania is a "Mayberry" kind of town. It's got everything...fly fishing, Amish, a covered bridge, old grist mill, specialty shops and that warm small town feel. People come from all over the world to visit Volant, but if the residents there hadn't been creative, the town might have closed-up when hard economic times ensued.
Original airdate: Dec 05, 2011