Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My Kickstarter page

Women in Civil War Arsenals Book by Raina Kellerman — Kickstarter

In an effort to try and get my book written and published, I've started a Kickstarter page. Every bit helps! So spread the word. Thank you!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Preorder "The Washington Arsenal Explosion"

The History Press, Bookstore, The Washington Arsenal Explosion

Switching to another arsenal for a can now preorder the late Brian Bergin's book "The Washington Arsenal Explosion," which comes out next month. I can't wait for it. I wish I could have met Brian, but I'm glad that I have been in touch with his daughter Erin.

A news report and an NPR interview about the Allegheny Arsenal 150th

Below is a news report done by our local KDKA, featuring the author of "Consecrated Dust," Mary Frailey Calland, about tomorrow's events at Arsenal Park.

Event To Mark 150th Anniversary Of Allegheny Arsenal Tragedy « CBS Pittsburgh

Allegheny Arsenal 150 Years Later

And above is the link to a radio interview with author/historian James Wudarczyk and head of the Lawrenceville Historical Society Tom Powers.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Two more news articles about this weekend's events

Coming Sunday: Allegheny Arsenal explosion

The first one is from the local Tribune-Review, the second one is from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, with a short video. I'm so glad the 150th of the Allegheny Arsenal explosion is getting so much press.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cold Case: Allegheny Arsenal Explosion

Heinz History Center - Events

There's lots going on in Pittsburgh this weekend with the 150th anniversary of the Allegheny Arsenal explosion. On Saturday, at Heinz History Center, there will be a "trial" to try and determine the cause of the Allegheny Arsenal explosion. Jim Wudarczyk - Lawrenceville author and historian - and famous forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht will lead it and visitors can serve on the "jury."

Events to recall arsenal explosion

And from today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette comes an article about Sunday's events at Arsenal Park: music, a dramatic reading by Pittsburgh's CLO, living history with weapons demonstrations, a lecture with Power Point, and guided tours of Allegheny Cemetery. Can't wait!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Check out "Bomb Girls"

Bomb Girls - Official Site of Global Television

"Bomb Girls" is a TV miniseries set in Canada during World War II, but it draws many parallels between women's experiences during that war and those of women working in arsenals during the Civil War. You can watch full episodes on the site or, for those with Reelz Channel, you can catch it starting Tuesday at 9.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Article: "Historic Pittsburgh Arsenal Needs Care," plus updates

Historic Pittsburgh arsenal needs care, official says | TribLIVE

This article, published last Friday in the local Tribune-Review, talks about the neglect that the former powder magazine of the old Allegheny Arsenal suffers. It also mentions the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the explosion coming up in almost 2 weeks.

I know, I don't post on here nearly as much as my Facebook page. But the Fbook page is so much easier (so if you don't already follow me there, I highly suggest it).

In other news, after three years of fast food hell and looking for a job in my field to go with my masters degree, I have a job for next semester as an adjunct professor, teaching two US history courses. So I'm excited about that.

Also, I'm thinking of starting a Kickstarter page to help fund my research and getting my book published. Any contributions will get a shoutout in the acknowledgements.