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Presenting at the Pittsburgh Asia Consortium

By undergraduate scholar, Joseph Yaure This past February I had the opportunity to present at the Pittsburgh Asia Consortium, an undergraduate conference focusing on Asian Studies. Students from local universities made the snowy trek to the Cathedral of Learning at … Continue reading

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1889 Johnstown Flood: An Industrial City Devastated

By: Joey Koishal The Johnstown Flood of 1889 still ranks second on the United States natural disaster civilians killed list only behind the 1900 Galveston, Texas hurricane. Unlike Galveston, Mother Nature was not the only factor involved. In fact, it … Continue reading

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Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Tradition and Sustainability

By Devin Carter The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has the privilege of being one of the oldest in the entire United States, ratifying the U.S. Constitution in 1787, 2nd after Delaware[1]. This has given Pennsylvania a unique history that has greatly … Continue reading

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The Whiskey Rebellion

It was the winter of 1791 when Congress met to discuss the Excise Whiskey Tax, a bill put in place to help pay off the immense debt that had piled up from the Revolutionary War, which would be placed on … Continue reading

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Uncovering Connections to the Past in the IUP Archives

By Joseph Dell The IUP archives are a treasure trove of information about the university and, to a further extent, the Indiana community. Volunteering in the archives has given me a better appreciation as to the nature of public history … Continue reading

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Indiana Hospital: 100 years of “family treating family”

By Jacob Zelmore If you travel down Wayne Avenue heading towards IUP, you are sure to notice a rather large structure sitting on top of a hill. The building as we know it today is Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) … Continue reading

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America’s Oldest Forge

By: Jay D. Taylor In 1923, Wendell August, who was working in the coal industry, needed latches for the doors on his Brockway, Pennsylvania home.[1] He sought out the help of Ottone “Tony” Pisoni, who was a blacksmith at August’s … Continue reading

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The Allegheny Arsenal Explosion: A Forgotten Tragedy

By: Emily Masters Overshadowed by some 20,000 casualties at the Battle of Antietam[1], the victims of the Allegheny Arsenal explosion are seldom remembered today. Though 78 lives lost may pale in comparison to the death toll in Sharpsburg that day, … Continue reading

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Heritage Narratives and Covered Bridge Festivals in Washington and Greene Counties

By David Breitkreutz The rugged topography and continental climate of Pennsylvania produced a transportation problem during state’s westward expansion. Covering bridges protected the wooden truss structures from rot caused by inclement weather, and also distributed the weight, making them structurally … Continue reading

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Tales from the Tower: A Summer of Documents and Discovery

By Jon Bogart During the summer months of 2014 I had the opportunity to serve as an intern at the Pennsylvania State Archives through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) internship program. The internship took place in Harrisburg, within … Continue reading

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