Currents

Let’s Motor! Although Detroit has earned the title of “Motor City,” Pittsburgh was home to twenty automobile makers at the turn of the century, manufacturing such notable vehicles as the Penn 30 Touring Car, the Standard Model E Touring Car, the Keystone Six-Sixty, the Brush Model D Runabout, and the Artzberger Steam Surrey. Several of these automobiles attracted widespread...
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The “War History” of Corporal Funk


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Bookshelf

Wonders of Work and Labor: The Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art by Betsy Fahlman and Eric Schruers published by Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, 2009; 176 pages, cloth, $50.00 Mention Penn State and a few names immediately come to mind: Pattee Library, Happy Valley, the Blue Band, Berkey Creamery and, naturally, Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions. What the average...
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Charles Taze Russell

Born in Allegheny City (annexed by Pittsburgh in 1907 and known today as the city’s North Side), Charles Taze Russell (1852–1916) was a well-known Christian restorationist minister and founder of the Bible Student movement, which spawned Jehovah’s Witnesses and independent groups after his death. Russell was a charismatic individual but claimed no special vision for his teachings and no special...
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