Pa. History/Legacy

How Philly’s Northern Liberties business district highlights the city’s Black roots

BY: - February 6, 2023

'We have such a rich history in this neighborhood ... Black History Month is the perfect time to bring some of it back to life,' an official said.

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President Barack Obama presents NBA champion and human rights advocate Bill Russell the Medal of Freedom on Feb. 15, 2011. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A Black history primer on African Americans’ fight for equality. Five key reads | Analysis

BY: - February 2, 2023

By Howard Manly As the father of Black history, Carter G. Woodson had a simple goal – to legitimize the study of African American history and culture. To that end, in 1912, shortly after becoming the second African American after W.E.B. Du Bois to earn a Ph.D. at Harvard, Woodson founded the Association for the […]

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candles burning in darkness over black background. commemoration concept.

Antisemitism is on an appalling rise. Why we must never forget | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - January 29, 2023

Trips to European cities, each touched by the Holocaust, remind us that we forget history at our peril.

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Remembering Joe Hardy, Nemacolin founder, donor, SWPA stalwart | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - January 24, 2023

It was always clear that Joe Hardy loved Fayette County and its people.

One of Pittsburghs famed yellow bridges (Brookings Institution image).

Pittsburgh historian Virginia Montanez maps out artifacts of the city’s past

BY: - January 23, 2023

'If this gets people to look at history at something that exists currently within them, that would be cool,' she said.

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Martin Luther King Selma March

Dr. King’s ‘Road Ahead’ — and what it means to one Pa. community | Charles D. Allen

BY: - January 16, 2023

Our commemoration committee invites you to be part of this celebration as we seek to unite our Carlisle Community in truth and love.

Gov. Tom Wolf reflects on eight years of successes, stumbles and standoffs

BY: and - December 27, 2022

Looking back over his eight years in office, Gov. Tom Wolf said he hopes he will be remembered for making Pennsylvania a better place and for doing it honestly and efficiently. Wolf took office in 2015, defeating the unpopular Republican Gov. Tom Corbett after a campaign where he spent $10 million of his own money. […]

A portrait of Suzanne Pascal in The Dunbar Historical Society. Pascal was a world-renowned glass sculptor who sourced her most famous piece, “Seated Torso,” from an abandoned factory in Dunbar, PA Wire and Glass (Herald-Standard photo).

Dunbar Historical Society houses glass sculptor’s most famous piece | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 22, 2022

'There is no other place where you can see her work like this,' Donna Myer, of the Dunbar Historical Society, said.

Area veterans spend the day together, touring the monuments in Washington, D.C., during a trip sponsored by Honor Flight Pittsburgh. The 100% volunteer nonprofit, founded in Pittsburgh in 2016, is part of a national organization that began in 2005 (Herald-Standard photo).

Honor Flight Pittsburgh: Serving veterans in a meaningful way | Helping the Helpers

BY: - December 21, 2022

Twice a year, the nonprofit takes veterans to Washington D.C. to visit monuments and share their experiences.

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Africatown logo, left, Voffee Jabateh, CEO of African Cultural Alliance of North America/ACANA, right (ACANA/Philadelphia Tribune).

Philly’s Africatown could be resurrection of Tulsa’s ‘Black Wall Street’ | Michael Coard

BY: - December 13, 2022

I'll expect to see you there every day, supporting SW Philly's renaissance.

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Heart Mountain towers at the end of “F” Street, the main thoroughfare of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center.(Tom Parker / National Archives at College Park, public domain)

Let’s not whitewash the racism from American history | Opinion

BY: - December 11, 2022

It’s true that 125,000 people of Japanese descent, two-thirds of them U.S. citizens, were forced from their homes and businesses.

Pa. approves 36 new historical markers honoring artist Keith Haring, others

BY: - December 8, 2022

The markers will find their homes in 18 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, including Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Cambria, Clinton, Delaware, Erie, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lehigh, Lycoming, Monroe, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Washington, and York counties.