Podcast Review: Marie Antoinette and Laura Ingalls Wilder #HistoryChicksBinge

Laura Ingalls Wilder Marie Antoinette

I’ve kicked off my planned podcast binge for 2020 by listening to the first two episodes from The History Chicks, a podcast launched in 2011. Episode One: Marie Antoinette Podcast date: January 30, 2011 Time period of subject’s life: 2 November 1755 – 16 October 1793 Length of podcast: 66 minutes The first episode sets […]

My 2020 History Chicks Podcast Binge

The History Chicks

I picked a new binge project for 2020 – listening to all of the ‘History Chicks’ podcasts episodes. This is for multiple purposes. First, it is obviously educational and enriching. Second, I’ve been tasked by my therapist to incorporate a new distraction tool into my daily life. Listening to a podcast in the car is […]

Q&A with the Progressive History of Pittsburgh

View of Pittsburgh

I think Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March) are both critical resources to help each of us learn more about the experiences and contributions of our neighbors. One tool that I’ve come to rely upon is the Progressive History of Pittsburgh project, a Facebook page that explores social justice history in this […]

Pittsburgh History of Halloween 1858 – Pittsburgh Daily Post

Pittsburgh Halloween History 1858

Very interesting account from 1858 about the Halloween traditions from the times of Robert Burns (1759-1796) Mon, Nov 1, 1858 – Page 3 · Pittsburgh Daily Post (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Pittsburgh History of Halloween 1890 – The Pittsburgh Press

Pittsburgh Halloween History

Fri, Oct 31, 1890 – Page 2 · The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com Fri, Oct 31, 1890 – Page 2 · The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) · Newspapers.com

Guest Blog Post: Bloomers Woman’s Space Broke Barriers in Pgh #LGBTHistoryMonth

Bloomers Pittsburgh

October is LGBT History Month. I’ve asked several people to share their thoughts on regional historical events that left an impression on them. Some contributors are LGBTQ, some are allies. All are people I think you will enjoy hearing from this month. If you would like to submit a guest post, please click here. Bloomers and […]

An Open Letter to the Senator Heinz @HistoryCenter Regarding Donald Trump

Heinz History Center Trump

Dear History Center, Frankly, I’m disgusted that you took money from the Trump Campaign to host an event last night with Vice-Presidential candidate Mike Pence. Your institution is predicated upon the idea that we can learn from history. Trump’s campaign is predicated on the idea that facts, historical truths and alternative narratives are subject to […]

Billy Hileman on Pridefest Controversy: ‘I Stand With The Protestors’

Diversity Pittsburgh Pridefest

Late last week, longtime LGBTQ activist Billy Hileman began posting images on Facebook calling out the Delta Foundation around their decision to invite Iggy Azalea to perform at Pittsburgh Pridefest. Hileman coordinated Pridefest organizing in the 1990’s. He agreed to answer a few questions for me. “Defending Iggy doesn’t work. Iggy Azalea has no business […]

Five Articles about Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ History You Don’t Want To Miss (re)Reading

Pittsburgh Pride

I’ve been on this kick lately of reading archived media coverage of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQ history. I set up several “Scoop.It” sites to curate the information. One is specific to the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh and the other is general LGBTQ Pittsburgh history. Scoop.It is a neat tool – you can follow my […]

Five Pieces of Advice I Needed Ten Years Ago

Lesbian Avengers

What’s the one piece of advice you wish someone had given you a year (or five, or ten…) ago? I recently finished reading “Body Counts” by Sean Strub, a memoir that illuminates the cultural and political history of HIV in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s. As soon as I finished this book, I began reading […]