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Snow Day, Pittsburgh-Style

Snow Day, Pittsburgh-Style

As the snow falls steadily and begins to accumulate, you scan the television, scroll through websites, or turn your ear toward the radio, waiting.  Then there it is.  What you’ve been waiting for–the cancellation.  It’s a snow day!  A perfectly legal excuse for changing your regular routine and enjoying one of winter’s special gifts. While the rich may fire up their private jets for a […]

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A Christmas List Worth Checking Twice

A Christmas List Worth Checking Twice

When the holiday season begins to approach, many people begin to make lists – shopping lists, Christmas card lists, etc.  But what about a list detailing things to do to make it your best holiday season ever?  What would you put on that kind of list? At the top of our own list is getting into the proper frame of mind by taking time to reflect […]

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Ethnic Holiday Traditions Pittsburgh-Style

Ethnic Holiday Traditions 						Pittsburgh-Style

Pittsburgh was diverse before that term became a buzz word. Early immigrants to the city primarily came from Europe, while today’s immigrants come from all over the world, making the city a proverbial melting pot. When new arrivals settled here, they were faced with a dilemma — how to assimilate yet retain a connection to the culture they had left behind. One way to preserve […]

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Jewish Immigrants Have Found a Home in Pittsburgh

Jewish Immigrants Have Found a 						Home in Pittsburgh

An examination of the long history of the Jewish people reveals one of immigration to many lands across the globe. Over the millennia, whether by force, such as during the Babylonian captivity, or by necessity, because of persecution, the Diaspora has left the world with communities of Jews scattered all over the world. Pittsburgh is no exception as Jewish people have lived here since the […]

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Shining The Spotlight on Pittsburgh’s Theater Scene

Shining The Spotlight on Pittsburgh's Theater Scene

Pittsburgh has a long and vibrant theatrical history. It is reported that as early as 1765, plays, comedies and concerts were held at Fort Pitt. We’ve come a long way since those days, but Pittsburghers still loves a theatrical production, and the proliferation of theatrical venues is a testament to that. Below is a list of some of the theaters in our area offering entertainment. […]

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Come Snow or High Water, Pittsburgh Celebrates Its Irish Heritage

Come Snow or High Water, Pittsburgh Celebrates Its Irish Heritage

Pittsburgh may be most associated with black and gold, but when it comes to the Irish in the area, they’d paint the city green.  Almost from its founding there have been Irish in Pittsburgh. The first arrivals were the Scots-Irish in the 1700s, and then later in the 1800s the Irish Catholics began to arrive.  Near the middle of 1800s, The Great Potato Famine brought […]

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The Wearin’ of the Boots

The Wearin' of the Boots

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day. Shamrocks. Green beer. Parades. Rubber boots. For Floyd Hughes, my late grandfather, St. Patrick’s Day always reminded him of rubber boots. In March 1936, Pup-Pup, as his grandchild and great-grandchildren called him, was a 21-year-old shipping clerk for Eastman Kodak in Pittsburgh. He began his career at the 606 Wood St. location seven years earlier at the tender age of 14, […]

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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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