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Glass, Floods, and "Gov'ment Work": Exploring Industrial Heritage in Blairsville, Southwestern Pennsylvania

Author(s): Hannah E. Harvey

Year: 2016

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During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, western Pennsylvania was a leading center in American plate glass manufacture.  One of the region’s smaller plants was run by the Columbia Plate Glass Company, which operated in Blairsville from 1903 to 1935.  During this time, the glass factory provided a major boost to the local economy and supported a community of workers’ housing.  Shortly after the factory’s abandonment, the United States Army Corps of Engineers purchased the site as part of a regional flood control program, and the land has been protected from further development.  The site offers an opportunity for research that integrates both the technological and social aspects of industry.  More specifically, the factory’s importance is linked with technological change, trends in labor movements, and our understanding of the modern post-industrial landscape.  This poster focuses on the site’s history, current research goals and methodology, and preliminary findings.

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Glass, Floods, and "Gov'ment Work": Exploring Industrial Heritage in Blairsville, Southwestern Pennsylvania. Hannah E. Harvey. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434844)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 389

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America