history http://wesa.fm en The Devil's Arithmetic, a Tale of Time Travel and the Holocaust Brought to Life on Stage http://wesa.fm/post/devils-arithmetic-tale-time-travel-and-holocaust-brought-life-stage <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://janeyolen.com/works/the-devils-arithmetic/">The Devil’s Arithmetic</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an award-winning historical novel about time travel and the Holocaust by author Jane </span>Yolen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The book has been adapted for the theater by Lancaster, PA resident Barry Kornhauser. This weekend <a href="http://www.primestage.com/shows_and_tickets/2013_2014.3_bio.html">Prime Stage Theater gives the first performance of the adapted play</a>, at the New Hazlett Theater on the North Side.</p><p>The story centers on Hannah, a modern day teenager who is mysteriously transported back to the time of the Holocaust.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:22:28 +0000 Heather McClain 28966 at http://wesa.fm The Devil's Arithmetic, a Tale of Time Travel and the Holocaust Brought to Life on Stage A History of America in 101 Objects and Pittsburgh's Contributions http://wesa.fm/post/history-america-101-objects-and-pittsburghs-contributions <p>The Smithsonian Institution has been referred to as "America's attic." It is home to many iconic objects that have shaped the history of our nation, from industry to culture. In his book, <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.aspx?EventID=384"><em>History of America in 101 Objects</em></a>, author and Smithsonian curator <a href="http://newsdesk.si.edu/about/bios/richard-kurin">Dr. Richard Kurin</a> chronicles and pinpoints these national treasures by focusing on key objects in the vast collection.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are some of Kurin’s favorite objects related to the Pittsburgh region: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:51:24 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26241 at http://wesa.fm A History of America in 101 Objects and Pittsburgh's Contributions Preserving Pennsylvania’s 333-Year-Old Birth Certificate http://wesa.fm/post/preserving-pennsylvania-s-333-year-old-birth-certificate <p>Over ten thousand people visited historic sites in the Commonwealth this week to celebrate Pennsylvania’s history. This year marks the 333 birthday of the Pennsylvania Charter given by King Charles of Great Britain to William Penn on March 4, 1681.</p><p>Howard Pollman, spokesperson for the <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=512&amp;mode=2&amp;objID=1426">Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission</a>, says the Charter is meticulously preserved at the State Museum in Harrisburg and reveals much about the zeitgeist of the era.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 20:25:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25867 at http://wesa.fm Preserving Pennsylvania’s 333-Year-Old Birth Certificate Pennsylvania's Only U.S. President and His Neutral Stance on Slavery http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvanias-only-us-president-and-his-neutral-stance-slavery <p>While the White House is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, only one Pennsylvanian has ever occupied the executive office; Lancaster area native <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/jamesbuchanan">James Buchanan</a>, the fifteenth President of the United States.</p><p>Patrick Clarke, Director of President James Buchanan’s home <a href="http://lancasterhistory.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=featured&amp;Itemid=275">Wheatland</a>, believes that Buchanan’s childhood in the Keystone State helped him develop into the leader he would become.</p><p>“There are some historians that believe growing up so close to the border of Virginia, today of course the border belongs to West Virginia, but some believe it kind of shaped him and his thinking.”</p><p>Buchanan's presidency was at a time when the nation was in growing turmoil. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:04:43 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24541 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania's Only U.S. President and His Neutral Stance on Slavery The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' Big Night http://wesa.fm/post/50th-anniversary-beatles-big-night <p>Fifty years ago this Sunday, February 9, 1964, the Beatles first appeared on<a href="http://www.edsullivan.com/"> the Ed Sullivan Show</a>.</p><p>It was a live performance of several of their songs that had been hyped extensively and preceded by their hit song "I Want to Hold Your Hand" rising to the top of the American pop charts. WYEP Music Director Mike Sauter talks about the impact of the Beatles performance that night.</p><p>“It’s just an absolutely unique and remarkable phenomenon. The adulation that the Beatles instantaneously received, not just here in the US, but preceded by the UK and other countries subsequently around the world. It was just a very unique phenomenon to have happened and there’s no one reason why you can say why it happened in any one country or happened at that particular time or place.”</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 22:40:32 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24060 at http://wesa.fm The 50th Anniversary of The Beatles' Big Night Lincoln Highway: The Nation's First Coast to Coast Highway Turns 100 http://wesa.fm/post/lincoln-highway-nations-first-coast-coast-highway-turns-100 <p>Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States is recognized in currency with statues, a monument in DC and many other areas along the way.</p><p>One commemoration includes the <a href="http://www.lincolnhighwayassoc.org/">Lincoln Highway</a>. Brian Butko is director of publications for the <a href="http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/">Heinz History Center</a> and an expert on the highway's history, which celebrates its centennial this year.</p><p>Butko's knowledge of the Lincoln Highway begins even before the highway was started. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:18:21 +0000 Nick Frost 21605 at http://wesa.fm Lincoln Highway: The Nation's First Coast to Coast Highway Turns 100 George Washington's Near Death Experiences in Western PA http://wesa.fm/post/george-washingtons-near-death-experiences-western-pa <p>260 years ago this month, a 21-year old major in the Virginia militia named George Washington had two brushes with death in the Pittsburgh area, which could have dramatically altered the course of American history. Decades before he became the father of our county, Washington was on a dangerous diplomatic mission in the Western Pennsylvania wilderness.</p><p>We explored this little known chapter of Washington's life with historical re-enactor Daniel Nehrer, and<span id="docs-internal-guid-0fc1ca85-066b-0589-26ba-b5878fc1eb03" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span>retired Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Martin J. O'Brien at the <a href="http://www.harmonymuseum.org/">Harmony Museum</a>, not far from where Washington was on December 27, 1753, at the boundary of French and English territory. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 18:49:34 +0000 Heather McClain & Nick Frost 21591 at http://wesa.fm George Washington's Near Death Experiences in Western PA PA House Bill Would Require Schools to Display 'In God We Trust' http://wesa.fm/post/pa-house-bill-would-require-schools-display-god-we-trust <p>A bill that would require all public school buildings in Pennsylvania to display the national motto, “In God we trust,” passed in the House Education committee Wednesday morning.</p><p>Republican Rick Saccone, who represents parts of Allegheny and Washington counties, is the bill’s sponsor. He said the bill is meant to celebrate the 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the U.S. mint printing the motto on our nation’s currency.</p><p>Saccone called the tale of how the motto got onto the currency “a Pennsylvania story.”</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:48:59 +0000 Liz Reid 18619 at http://wesa.fm 80-Year-Old Atlas Gets a Digital Facelift http://wesa.fm/post/80-year-old-atlas-gets-digital-facelift <p>According Rob Nelson, guest lecturer at Duquesne University’s annual History Forum and director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, the last great historical atlas was published in 1932. It was called "The Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States," and it included a series of maps that illustrated how the nation changed over time.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 20:36:17 +0000 Liz Reid 18490 at http://wesa.fm Meet Julia Parsons, Pittsburgh Native and WWII Code Breaker http://wesa.fm/post/meet-julia-parsons-pittsburgh-native-and-wwii-code-breaker <p>Imagine your mom, or your grandmother, maybe even your great-grandmother, with a secret past. Perhaps you know that she’s lived through some major historical events like World War II.</p><p>Now imagine finding out she not only lived through it – but was an integral part of secret military operations during the war.</p><p>That is part of Pittsburgh native Julia Parsons’ story. She was part of an all-women’s German code-breaking team.</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:45:21 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16629 at http://wesa.fm Meet Julia Parsons, Pittsburgh Native and WWII Code Breaker Tuskegee Airmen Honored with a New Pittsburgh Monument http://wesa.fm/post/tuskegee-airmen-honored-new-pittsburgh-monument <p>This week marks the opening of the Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit at the Pittsburgh airport as well as the installment of a memorial at Sewickley Cemetary, commemorating those who served during World War II in the all black branches of the Army Air Corps. More than 100 members of the 332nd fighter group and 477th bombardment group came from the Western Pennsylvania region.</p><p>Wendell Freeland, one of the four surviving local Airmen, considered his fellow soldiers “the best and brightest.” And despite their completion of intensive military training, along with racial discrimination, the 477th bombardiers never saw combat.</p><p>“We were very disappointed. In fact, the whole group was almost completely demoralized because we were looking forward to helping our country overseas. When that bomb dropped, it killed our chances,” says former bomber pilot Edward Harris, referring to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 22:04:29 +0000 Katie Martin 16512 at http://wesa.fm Tuskegee Airmen Honored with a New Pittsburgh Monument Night Football Returns To Its Place of Origin http://wesa.fm/post/night-football-returns-its-place-origin <p>One hundred and twenty-one years ago the <a href="http://www.adweek.com/video/general-electric-night-football-122248?auto">first night football</a> game was played in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The game was between Mansfield University formerly known as Mansfield State and Wyoming Seminary.</p><p>The teams played with the help of a new promotional lighting device from General Electric, the light bulb.&nbsp;The setup involved a string of lights wrapped around a wooden pole placed in the middle of the field.</p><p><a href="http://gomounties.com/staff.aspx?staff=5">Steve McCloskey</a>, Director of Athletic Operations and Sports Information, says the lighting post “proved to be a detriment” to the game, as multiple “players ran face first into the pole because they had trouble seeing it, or it just kind of snuck up on them.” Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:02:55 +0000 Nick Frost 16510 at http://wesa.fm Night Football Returns To Its Place of Origin The Glass City: Pittsburgh's History as the Center of the U.S. Glass Business http://wesa.fm/post/glass-city-pittsburghs-history-center-us-glass-business <p>The identity of Pittsburgh is synonymous with the steel industry. The city’s largest skyscraper is the U.S. Steel Tower. Its football team is the Steelers, and to the nation, it's the Steel City.</p><p>But what about the city’s other industries? Before the rise of steel businesses in the region, western Pennsylvania was the center of glass sales in the United States.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:03:04 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 12792 at http://wesa.fm The Glass City: Pittsburgh's History as the Center of the U.S. Glass Business What You Might Not Know About the Gettysburg Battlefield http://wesa.fm/post/what-you-might-not-know-about-gettysburg-battlefield <p>Ceremonies and re-enactments this week are marking the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg.<br><br>Three days of fighting in July 1863 on the rolling hills of Gettysburg claimed the lives of 51,000 men in what many historians call the turning point of the Civil War.<br><br>Now, 150 years later, work is underway to ensure the hallowed ground looks nearly identical to how it was when Union and Confederate troops met on those fields. But Gettysburg National Military Park has undergone many changes since the famed battle.<br> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:28:41 +0000 Matt Paul 12401 at http://wesa.fm What You Might Not Know About the Gettysburg Battlefield With 150th Anniversary, Gettysburg Comes to Life http://wesa.fm/post/150th-anniversary-gettysburg-comes-life <p>On this day 150 years ago the Battle of Gettysburg began. By the time the three-day battle was over, nearly 8,000 Americans were dead and another 40,000 were wounded or missing. But the battle changed the tide of the Civil War.&nbsp;</p><p>This week, thousands of spectators will gather in Gettysburg to mark the anniversary, as Civil War re-enactors play out some of the key skirmishes that made the three-day battle so memorable. That means Gettysburg Chief Historian Scott Hartwig will be busy.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:06:49 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 12337 at http://wesa.fm At 249 Years Old, the Block House is Holding Strong http://wesa.fm/post/249-years-old-block-house-holding-strong <p>The oldest man-made structure in Pittsburgh is looking pretty good, according to a local architecture firm hired to assess the Block House in Point State Park.</p><p>The building will celebrate its 250<sup>th</sup> year in 2014, and its owners are hoping to spruce it up a bit before blowing up the balloons and cutting the cake.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:04:38 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 11879 at http://wesa.fm At 249 Years Old, the Block House is Holding Strong Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Patrick Dowd http://wesa.fm/post/speaking-volumes-essential-pittsburgh-patrick-dowd <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh City Councilman </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Patrick Dowd</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> started out as a historian and while he's no longer in academia his reading still reflects that background. Dowd talks with </span>WESA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Morning Edition Host </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Josh Raulerson</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about his&nbsp; reading selections which include historical nonfiction mixed with fiction "with a historical bent."</span></p><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 13:20:39 +0000 Heather McClain 9922 at http://wesa.fm Speaking Volumes on Essential Pittsburgh: Patrick Dowd A history lesson with Prof. Patrick Dowd http://wesa.fm/post/history-lesson-prof-patrick-dowd <p>Pittsburgh City Councilman Patrick Dowd started out as a historian, and while he's no longer in academia, his reading still reflects that background. These days Dowd reads historical nonfiction mixed with fiction "with a serious historical bent."&nbsp;</p><p>Edwin Coddington, <a href="http://catalog.einetwork.net/search~S1?/tThe+Gettysburg+Campaign/tgettysburg+campaign/1%2C6%2C11%2CB/frameset&amp;FF=tgettysburg+campaign+a+study+in+command&amp;2%2C%2C3"><em>The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command</em></a></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Josh Raulerson 9316 at http://wesa.fm A history lesson with Prof. Patrick Dowd