Local History

New Orleans Hosted a World’s Fair in 1884, But Relics Still Dot the City If You Know Where to Look

By Matt Haines | June 14, 2021

Here’s a list of some of the most notable remnants from the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition.

Mr. New Orleans

Stories of the New Orleans mafia as told by Cajun gangster Frenchy Brouillette

By Matt Haines | May 5, 2021

#ReadDat: ‘Mr. New Orleans’ tells the story of a grittier city through the eyes of the mafia

Pittsburgh History Instagram

History you can follow: Instagram accounts about Pittsburgh History

By Lindsay Patross | April 16, 2021

From archivists to preservationists to historians, these Pittsburghers are sharing photos and history on their Instagram accounts.

women in New Orleans history

Top 5-04: The five most influential women in New Orleans history

By Matt Haines | April 15, 2021

March is Women’s History Month. To honor that, I wanted to spend some time contemplating who were the five most influential women in New Orleans history. I thought this would be a relatively easy task, but it turns out there are far more than five women who have shaped our city.

Dorothy Mae Taylor

Dorothy Mae Taylor’s impact: much more than ending Mardi Gras discrimination

By Matt Haines | March 30, 2021

New Orleans’ schools, our recreation department, state legislature, City Council, public monuments, health care and even Mardi Gras — these are all parts of our hometown that are better, more equitable and fairer thanks in large part to the work of Dorothy Mae Taylor.

St. Joseph’s Night: 2021 brings changes, but culture thrives on

By Matthew Hinton | March 26, 2021

For the second year in a row, St. Joseph’s night has looked different for New Orleanians. Here’s a look at celebrations across the city.

Inspiring Pittsburgh women

20 inspiring Pittsburgh women you need to know

By Amanda Reed | March 19, 2021

Past and present, these Pittsburgh women have made incredible contributions here in Pittsburgh and across the country

Three Pittsburgh Black history stories that you need to know

By Lindsay Patross | February 26, 2021

Did you know that the EMS service we used today was started in the Hill District?

Pittsburgh Black Mayor Ajax Jones

Part 2: Ajax Jones is the 1st African American to serve as Mayor of Pittsburgh

By JaQuay Edward Carter | February 25, 2021

During a change of mayors, Ajax Jones held the keys to the city for 3 days

Ajax Jones

Part 1: The Remarkable and Unremembered Life of Ajax Jones

By JaQuay Edward Carter | February 24, 2021

Born in Arthursville (now known as the Hill District) Ajax Jones served under 9 different mayors in Pittsburgh