Event, Nellie Bly, Panel, Undaunted

Heinz History Center, Women’s History Month Celebration with Brooke Kroeger, May 5, 2024

May 5, 2024

The Heinz History Center, “the Smithsonian in Pittsburgh,” hosted a celebration of its new exhibition, “A Woman’s Place: How Women Shaped Pittsburgh,” on Sunday, May 5, 2024, coinciding with the 160th birthday of Pittsburgh’s claimed native daughter, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman aka Nellie Bly. I gave the speech, highlighting the region’s most exceptional woman journalists and a panel with a number of members of the Women’s Journalism Club of Pittsburg followed. I gave some general context and then focused on Jane Grey Swisshelm, Bessie Bramble, Cora Reese, Ida Tarbell, Rachel Carson, and–although she hailed from mid-state Harrisburg, Pauline Frederick. Below are photos of the day both of the event and of my tour of the exhibition.

From the event, snaps of the organizers, the speaker, and the panelists:

From the exhibition:



Read this on the Heinz History Center site at https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/event/womens-journey-in-journalism-with-brooke-kroeger/

Explore women’s role in journalism throughout history with esteemed author Brooke Kroeger and the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh.

Join the History Center for a headline-worthy program on Sunday, May 5 as we welcome acclaimed author, journalist, and professor emerita at New York University Brooke Kroeger for a special talk on her book “Undaunted: How Women Changed American Journalism.”

Presented in partnership with the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh, Kroeger will discuss how women went from the margins to the mainstream in newsrooms across the nation over the past two centuries. Featuring Western Pennsylvania women such as Jane Grey Swisshelm, Ida Tarbell, and Rachel Carson, “Undaunted” examines how women changed journalism, reclaimed their voices, and blazed new trails in a field dominated by men.

Following Kroeger’s talk, enjoy a panel discussion with members of the Women’s Press Club that reflects on women’s evolving role in journalism and considers how future generations will continue to rewrite history.

The event will fittingly commemorate the 160th birthday of legendary Apollo, Pa., journalist Nellie Bly, who famously pioneered a new era of investigative journalism in 1887 after her undercover stories for the New York World exposed atrocities committed at the Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum.

Before and after the program, learn more about the intrepid Western Pa. women who fearlessly pursued stories in search of the truth in the History Center’s new exhibition, A Woman’s Place: How Women Shaped Pittsburgh.


Admission is FREE for History Center members and $10 for non-members with advance registration.

Program admission includes full access to History Center exhibitions on Sunday, May 5. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the #1 History Museum in America for half price!

Not a member? Join today to receive free admission to this program and to the History Center year-round.

For additional questions, please contact programs@heinzhistorycenter.org.

Header image: Cartoon published in the Feb. 14, 1948, edition of the “Wastebasket”. Published to mark the occasion of the 57th anniversary of the Women’s Press Club of Pittsburgh, the cartoon is a commentary on the progression of women’s dress and involvement in journalism during the club’s first 57 year.