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Women Pioneers of Pittsburgh

Women Pioneers of Pittsburgh

  Until the late 1700s, other than among Native Americans, there weren’t many women living in Western Pennsylvania.  During that time, this part of the New World was the frontier, and life was hard and dangerous.  In 1758, after Fort Duquesne was captured by the British, the first permanent settlement was established at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, the victors renaming the […]

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The Terrible Towel is Poised to Strike! 

The Terrible Towel is Poised to Strike! 

  Pittsburghers have embraced talismans before.  During the 1966 Pirates baseball season, legendary broadcaster Bob Prince introduced the Green Weenie, a green plastic rattle that was shaped like a hot dog.  When shaken at an opposing team, the Green Weenie was supposed to jinx them.  Eventually, the Green Weenie lost its magic and was replaced by another Prince creation, the babushka.  In 1974, Pirates fans […]

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Three Tragedies That Changed Pittsburgh

Three Tragedies That Changed Pittsburgh

  Explosions, fires, floods – it sometimes seems as if we are living in cataclysmic times, but if you open a book on the history of Pittsburgh, you’ll find that horrific disasters have happened before. For the most part, they have simply faded from our collective memory. While many are familiar with the Great Chicago fire of 1871 and the legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, […]

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Greeks in Pittsburgh: From a Small Country to a Large Presence

Greeks in Pittsburgh: 						From a Small Country to a Large Presence

The size of Alabama, Greece has made a huge impact on the world. The Greeks have made enormous contributions to architecture, philosophy, theater, politics and government, sports, mathematics, science, and medicine-literally all of Western Culture. Like the diminutive size of their homeland, the Greeks who came to Pittsburgh were few in number when compared to some of their other ethnic counterparts, like the Germans, Italians, […]

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Arabs in Pittsburgh

Arabs in Pittsburgh

Many cities in the United States have communities of Arabs. Although not as large as the communities in places such as Detroit, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles, Pittsburgh has a small, but thriving enclave of Arabs. The term Arab is description of people located in Western Asia and North Africa. According to the Arab American National Museum, Arab Americans come from the 22 countries that […]

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Pittsburgh: New Slovakia?

Pittsburgh:  New Slovakia?

When immigrants came to the United States, it was common for them to harken back to their homeland and name the places where they settled after their native land. Hence, we have places called New England, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, etc. Not only were regions and states named in such a manner, but there are also numerous towns, villages, and cities with names […]

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Croatia:  Small Country Has Big Impact on Pittsburgh   

Croatia:  Small Country Has Big Impact on 							Pittsburgh   

“If you have family or friends of Croatian descent around the country or across the sea, we hope you will share the Popular Pittsburgh website with them.  We believe our website is a great way for them to learn about our town and what makes Pittsburgh popular.”  – Tom Pollard Croatia is a bit smaller than the state of West Virginia.  Nevertheless, this tiny country […]

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Germans Find Pittsburgh to be Wunderbar!

Germans Find Pittsburgh to be Wunderbar!

“If you have family or friends of German descent around the country or across the sea, we hope you will share the Popular Pittsburgh website with them.  We believe our website is a great way for them to learn about our town and what makes Pittsburgh popular.”  – Tom Pollard If cities have heartbeats, then Pittsburgh’s must thump like an oom pah pah band.  Many […]

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Indian Community at Home in Pittsburgh  

Indian Community at Home in Pittsburgh  

“If you have family or friends in India, we hope you will share the Popular Pittsburgh website with them.  If your business has employees in India, we believe our website is a great way for them to learn about our town and what makes Pittsburgh popular.”  – Tom Pollard As everyone knows, Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492 in search of a passage to […]

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Italian Heritage 

Italian Heritage 

“If you have family or friends of Italian descent around the country or across the sea, we hope you will share the Popular Pittsburgh website with them.  We believe our website is a great way for them to learn about our town and what makes Pittsburgh popular.”  – Tom Pollard It’s la Dolce Vita for Italians in Pittsburgh We all know Christopher Columbus came to […]

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