History Uncovered: Pittsburgh’s First Thanksgiving!

History Uncovered: Pittsburgh's First Thanksgiving!

While the Pilgrims and Native Americans jubilantly celebrated the first Thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in 1621, Pittsburgh was not privy to this celebration until 1756, more than one hundred years later.  Nevertheless, Pittsburgh’s first Thanksgiving was one filled with historical significance and festivity, and helped to set the foundation for our feasts of today. War and Peace During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) the

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Horne’s & Their Iconic Christmas Tree

Horne’s & Their Iconic Christmas Tree

Since 1953, when the 100-foot tall Christmas tree begins to go up on the corner of the old Joseph Horne’s Department store building at Penn Avenue and Stanwix Streets, Pittsburghers know that Christmas will soon be here. The tree that wraps around the corner of the seven-story building has more than 2,500 lights and more than 2,000 ornaments. It is now first illuminated as part

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Amen to Action

Amen to Action

It is finally November, and along with the anticipation for the upcoming holidays comes the inevitable focus of shopping. While we love to spread seasonal cheer by spoiling our friends and family with gifts and goodies, it is also important to step back from the commercial world. Recently, we were able to interview Reid Carpenter, founder of Amen to Action. Amen to Action is dedicated

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Four Twelve Project: A Wine & Dinery

Four Twelve Project: A Wine & Dinery

“We’re not a chain,” said Kevin Romasco, who with his wife, Josie, and another couple, Josh and April Egal, opened Four Twelve Project Winery and Dinery this past February. “We use locally-sourced products and offer a farm-to-table menu. And when I say farm-to-table, we take into consideration how many hands have touched the product. In our case, it’s the farmer, the butcher, and then us.”

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Explore the Mummies of the World

Explore the Mummies of the World

When mummies are mentioned, images of Egypt or classic horror films with Boris Karloff tend to come to mind. It is true, Egypt had mummies, but what many don’t know is that South America had them 9,000 years before the Egyptians. The Carnegie Science Center’s Mummies of the World: The Exhibition expands the horizon on mummies and shows that mummification practices have spanned the globe

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Our Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Our Hall of Fame Quarterbacks

Presently, there are 26 quarterbacks in the NFL Hall of Fame from the modern era. Of those, six of them hail from our own backyard–more than any other place in the country. Why is this area such a seedbed for superstar quarterbacks? Let’s examine each Hall of Famer for clues. Here are their stories presented in the order of their induction into the Hall of

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Pittsburgh Spotlight: Getting to Know Joylette Portlock PhD & Sustainable Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Spotlight: Getting to Know Joylette Portlock PhD & Sustainable Pittsburgh

In recent decades, humanity’s impact on the environment has increasingly become a topic of interest-both on a global and local stage. And while leaders from across the world gather to discuss ways to incorporate sustainability and eco-friendly practices into national policy, it is important to recognize the efforts and groundbreaking movements happening on a local level. We reached out to Sustainable Pittsburgh, a nonprofit advancing

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Plots of Famous Pittsburghers

Plots of Famous Pittsburghers

Throughout our area’s history, people who have been born here or have come here and made an impact on the world—some for good, while others not so much. Here’s a look at some famous people associated with Pittsburgh and where they have been laid to rest. John Brashear Most people associate parks with fun, but Riverview Park on the city’s North Side is also a

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Creating America’s Best Front Yard

Creating America’s Best Front Yard

When Kevin Anthony Prall and his husband, Layne Bennett, bought their historic home in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, they knew there would be a lot of work to fix it up, but what they didn’t know was that their hard work and beautiful garden would eventually earn them the title of America’s Best Front Yard from Better Homes and Gardens. A Botanical Paradise Kevin and Layne’s

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Pittsburgh’s City Seal: The Black and Gold Source

Pittsburgh’s City Seal: The Black and Gold Source

We all know that black and gold are the colors associated with Pittsburgh. But did you know that it’s William Pitt himself–the city’s namesake–who gave those colors to the city? It all goes back to the city’s charter and the creation of the city’s official seal. In 1816, Pittsburgh was chartered as a city, and creating a city seal was a priority. The city fathers

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