Join the library and Heinz History Center for a special picture presentation on the Pittsburgh Homefront during the Civil War.
Dr. Perry Blatz will lead a talk about the city’s crucial role during the conflict that nearly broke the struggling nation in two. Among the many challenges brought by the War, Pittsburgh experienced the dangers of making ammunition and weapons, the struggles of caring for soldiers and their families, and even paying the bills.
We’ll also serve up food and snacks from the era for you to enjoy!
Bio: Perry K. Blatz taught United States history and public history for more than twenty-five years before his recent retirement. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has specialized in the economic and labor history of the 19th century. He is the author of Democratic Miners: Work and Labor Relations in the Anthracite Coal Industry, 1875-1925 (SUNY Press, 1994) and Eckley Miners’ Village (Stackpole Books, 2003). He is also a co-author of Keystone of Democracy: A History of Pennsylvania Workers (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1999).