Heinz History Center - "A Civil War Catastrophe: Pittsburgh's Allegheny Arsenal Explosion" - Sat. Sept. 21st - 11 am - 1 pm

Sep 11, 2013


Saturday Speaker Series - A Civil War Catastrophe: Pittsburgh's Allegheny Arsenal Explosion

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Hosted by the History Center Volunteer Program


The explosion at Lawrenceville's Allegheny Arsenal on September 17, 1862 was the largest civilian disaster of the Civil War. The "A Civil War Catastrophe: Pittsburgh's Allegheny Arsenal Explosion" talk explores that event in the context of the mobilization of the city of Pittsburgh for the war and the lives of those who worked at the Arsenal to bring home the reality of what remains, 151 years later, the bloodiest day in American history.


History Center Volunteer Ambassador Sue Morris and author Mary Frailey Calland will share the podium to tell this amazing story. Mary Frailey Calland will be available to sign copies of her historical novel, Consecrated Dust: A Novel of the Civil War North and copies will be available for sale in our Museum Shop. This event complements the History Center's major new exhibition, Pennsylvania's Civil War.




All History Center visitors, volunteers, and members are invited to the Saturday Speaker Series. Please RSVP to Volunteer Program Director Sandra Baker at slbaker@heinzhistorycenter.org or 412-454-6412. Admission to the lecture is free with museum admission, and free for History Center members, and includes complimentary coffee and Danish at 11 a.m.


For more information about this and other Heinz History Center events please visit their website-