Don’t wanna crack open a book? Just press play on these Pittsburgh history podcasts

If you fell asleep in history class lectures, we promise these interviews are a bit more exciting

by Stephanie Brea
September 10, 2020

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Sometimes, the best learning is the sort that comes easily. If you love Pittsburgh history or you just want to learn some fun facts to up your trivia game, we rounded up some of our favorite podcast episodes. All you have to do is press play.

Want to learn Pittsburgh history while you scroll social media?

Meet Charles Succop, who runs three Instagram accounts dedicated to Pittsburgh history: @pghthenandnow, @pittsburghistory and @hiddenhousespgh.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/CD95NSHDxHd/

It’s been 100 years since women received the right to vote.

Meet Eliza Smith Brown, chairwoman of the Pittsburgh Suffrage Centennial Committee. Learn about the suffrage movement in Pittsburgh and the role local women played in furthering the cause.

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https://www.facebook.com/PGHSuffrage100/photos/rpp.113191480111737/188291105935107/?type=3&theater

Love old houses?

Meet Justin Greenawalt, president of the East Liberty Valley Historical Society and a member of Preservation Pittsburgh. He’s passionate about historic houses and is currently rehabbing his own Bellevue home.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/CDmlvQBjKf9/

From Allegheny Arsenal to an infantryman’s “Night of the Living Dead” appearance

Meet Rich Condon, who researches and shares our city’s 1860s history via Civil War Pittsburgh.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/CBI1XtHDQxB/

📸 Header photo credit: Library of Congress via CivilWarPittsburgh’s Instagram. Click here to learn more about this photo.

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