Stephen Foster, The Nation’s First Pop Star

Stephen Foster, The Nation's First Pop Star

While the average person on the street may not know Foster’s name today, most everyone can sing a few bars of Oh, Susannah! or The Old Folks at Home (Way Down Upon the Swanee River) even more than 150 years after their publication. Stephen Foster was born on July 4, 1826, to William Foster and Eliza Tomlinson Foster. His father was a prosperous merchant and

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Celebrating Our Irish Heritage

Celebrating Our 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 the 1800s, The Great Potato Famine

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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. A husband and father with a 9-month-old daughter, he lived on Spring Hill and took a streetcar to work

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Michael Keaton: Yinzer

Michael Keaton: Yinzer

Michael Keaton is a true yinzer. Like his hometown city, Keaton’s career has experienced some ups and downs.  His impressive body of acting work has spanned characters as dark as a January day in the city and as workaday as a PAT bus driver. Although a major star, Keaton still has deep Pittsburgh roots. Keaton was born Michael Douglas on September 5, 1951, in Coraopolis,

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Mark Cuban: A Pittsburgh “Maverick”

Mark Cuban: A Pittsburgh "Maverick"

There are many things you can call Mark Cuban, but shy or retiring isn’t one of them. Wherever the billionaire and native Pittsburgher goes, he makes a big splash. Entrepreneur and owner of the NBA franchise Dallas Mavericks, Cuban was born in Pittsburgh on July 31, 1958 to Shirley and Norton Cuban, an automobile upholsterer, and was raised in Mt. Lebanon. His grandfather, a Russian

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Spirits in the Carnegie Library of Homestead

Spirits in the Carnegie Library of Homestead

A dark past remains alive at the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Reports of unexplained noises and ominous figures lead many to believe the building is inhabited by restless spirits. Could the building’s connection to the 1892 Homestead Strike be the cause? The Carnegie Library of Homestead was founded in 1896 to serve a community struggling in the aftermath of a bloody battle. The Homestead Strike in 1892 pitted the steelworkers’ union against

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Chip Ganassi: Pittsburgh’s Racing Mogul

Chip Ganassi: Pittsburgh's Racing Mogul

Before he became a championship team owner, this Pittsburgher was a competitor, and in the midst of his career, he suffered a serious medical setback. If you are thinking Mario Lemieux, you’re on the wrong track. Perhaps because he is so private or perhaps because this isn’t Daytona, Indianapolis, or Talladega, but whatever the reason, Chip Ganassi’s achievements are perhaps the most unsung in all

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10 Common Trees Found in Our Neck of The Woods

10 Common Trees Found in Our Neck of The Woods

Since Pittsburgh is located in Pennsylvania, which means “Penn’s woods,” you know the region must have many trees. Sometimes you don’t really appreciate how thickly forested the area is until you travel to another part of the country. In Cheyenne, Wyoming, where the trees are few and far between, they have a T-shirt showing of “The Wyoming State Tree.” It’s a photo of a telephone pole!

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The Walking Tour of Pittsburgh

The Walking Tour of Pittsburgh

Popular Pittsburgh is often asked, “What sights should I see in downtown Pittsburgh?” Rather than giving you some boring, run-of-the-mill list of landmarks, we thought we’d make it fun for you to explore the city on your own. Therefore, we created this Tour of Pittsburgh. Tag your photos with #popularpittsburgh, and we may featured you on our social media! In addition, we also made this

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Wine a While

Wine a While

Everyone talks about the California wine country, but for oenophiles and those who just like a nip of the grape every now and then, you don’t have to travel all the way to the West Coast for a fun and an informative day of visiting wineries. Pennsylvania is the fifth largest producer of grapes in the country and is ranked seventh nationally in the number

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