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History Center to Host Launch Event for New “Heart and Soul” Book

-Published by the History Center, “Heart and Soul” details a remarkable love story of two African American students at the University of Pittsburgh during the Great Depression-

 

 

 

 As part of the Books in the ‘Burgh literary series, visitors can join the Senator John Heinz History Center for a reading, discussion, and book signing with author and journalist Mary Ellen Butler, author of “Heart and Soul: The Remarkable Courtship and Marriage of Josh and Virginia Craft Rose,” this Sunday, April 29, from 5 – 7 p.m.

 

Heart and Soul: The Remarkable Courtship and Marriage of Josh and Virginia Craft Rose,” published by the History Center, delivers the biographies of two black students enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh during the Great Depression.

 

By a chance meeting, the working-class Joshua Rose and affluent Virginia Craft began a five-year courtship at the Centre Avenue YMCA in Pittsburgh—the Harlem of Pennsylvania.

 

Through the revelations of 153 letters between the pair assembled by Butler (Rose and Craft’s daughter), readers discover that the young man is catapulted into the orbit of a family that descends from two of the most daring and renowned escaped slaves—an extended family whose bloodlines include a U.S. president among other famous Americans.

 

Mary Ellen Butler will be available to sign copies of “Heart and Soul: The Remarkable Courtship and Marriage of Josh and Virginia Craft Rose,” which will be available for purchase at the event.

 

The “Heart and Soul” book and program are supported by the History Center’s African American Program, which is dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, and interpretation of the life, history, and culture of Africans and African Americans in Western Pennsylvania.

 

Admission to this event is FREE, but does not include access to museum exhibitions. Pre-registration is requested by visitingwww.heinzhistorycenter.org/events.

 

The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region’s remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. The History Center and Sports Museum are located at 1212 Smallman Street in the city’s Strip District, and are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center’s museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, Pa. in Washington County. More information is available at www.heinzhistorycenter.org.

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