History

How to commemorate Juneteenth 2021 in Pittsburgh

Juneteenth is here, and it’s the first time the City of Pittsburgh, the state of Pennsylvania, and the entire U.S. are commemorating it as a holiday, together. With widespread protests in 2020 following the police murder of George Floyd, 2021 is continuing the critical conversations about racism, police brutality, and being Black in America.

/ June 17, 2021


Lost and Found: Pittsburgh’s Chinatown

On Third Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh, you’ll find Chinatown Inn, a restaurant with a red-and-green pagoda-style entrance that has carried on Chinese culture in this city for three generations. It’s owned by the Yee family, and it is the last remaining business of Pittsburgh’s Original Chinatown.

/ May 26, 2021


A jump back in time with Kennywood’s Jack Rabbit

This Saturday, Kennywood is opening for its 123rd season and will kick off with a centennial celebration of the legendary Jack Rabbit roller coaster. It’s known for its 70-foot double dip and innovative use of the Monongahela Valley terrain, and for many Pittsburghers, it’s the first “big” roller coaster they ever rode.

/ May 6, 2021


Digging up Rachel Carson’s roots in Pittsburgh

Carson was a pioneer of the environmental movement and led a paradigm shift where Americans started looking at themselves as being a part of nature rather than outside of it. In other words, she helped advance the idea that humans may not be able to exert full control over nature, and may in fact actually be at its whim.

/ April 22, 2021


Women’s History Month 2021: Meet these remarkable Pittsburgh suffragists

This dress has an important Pittsburgh connection. Any idea why? 

/ March 5, 2021


How to commemorate Juneteenth 2020 in Pittsburgh

Marchers during the 2018 Juneteenth parade in Downtown Pittsburgh. Courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Juneteenth Celebration Facebook page Juneteenth 2020 is here and at a pivotal moment for African-American history — one marked by widespread protests and urgent conversations about racism, police brutality, and Black life in America. And while it’s a relatively new state […]

/ June 18, 2020


A Black archivist in Pittsburgh, at the crossroads of Black history

Sam Black, director of African American Programs at the Senator John Heinz History Center, pictured at the Fulbright Germany Transatlantic Seminar in Washington, D.C. last fall. (📸: Courtesy of the Senator John Heinz History Center) Someday we’re going to have to explain all of this.  The pandemic. The lockdowns. The 21st century breadlines. The deaths […]

/ June 11, 2020


Hungry for Pittsburgh history? Head here.

Let’s eat. (📹: Kayla O’Brien / The Incline) International food. Multiple generations. One street. Penn Avenue in the Strip District has been home to international food for more than a century. And while you’ve likely strolled the Strip, this video goes behind the scenes of a Burgh Bits & Bites food tour for some insider […]

/ January 6, 2020


Take this merry and bright 9-stop Downtown Pittsburgh holiday walking tour

Merry and bright. Rossilynne Culgan / The Incline Downtown downright dazzles during the holiday season. From sky-scraping evergreens to artful gingerbread houses, the city teems with seasonal merriment this time of year. Make a new holiday tradition with this wintry walk spotlighting all the glimmer and glitz of the Golden Triangle. Take a walking tour […]

/ November 25, 2019


How our obsession with genes could lead to a scientific breakthrough at Meadowcroft

New genetic testing aims to uncover new information about “the oldest site of human habitation in North America,” located an hour southwest of Pittsburgh. Photo by Ed Massery with Tom Underiner / Courtesy of Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village Updated 11:12 a.m. Sept. 18 At-home DNA testing is everywhere.  In a matter of years, the […]

/ September 18, 2019