Women Pioneers of Pittsburgh

Women Pioneers of Pittsburgh

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

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What’s in an H?

What's in an H?

What’s in a name?  Well, if it’s our Pittsburgh, then it’s an ‘h’.  Of the many other Pittsburgs in the USA, including some 20 towns in New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois, Kansas, California, and Texas, all spell their name without the ending ‘h.’ ‘The Artist formerly Known as Prince’ wasn’t the only one whose name has caused confusion.  While residents are well aware that the city

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Washington and Guyasuta: When Giants Truly Walked the Earth

Washington and Guyasuta: When Giants Truly Walked the Earth

When necessary, two disparate individuals can often forge a relationship based on a commonality, be it a mutual cause, a belief, a similar situation, or a character trait. Leadership, and the responsibility that inherently accompanies it, can be one of those binding elements. George Washington and Guyasuta must have recognized great leadership abilities in one other because these two titans, who crossed paths in southwestern

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Three Rivers Run Through It

Three Rivers Run Through It

If cities were alive, rivers would be their arteries. Since time immemorial, rivers have been the lifeblood of civilization. The greatest cities in the world are all built on rivers. The area around the Tigris and Euphrates in Mesopotamia is known as the “Cradle of Civilization” because it is believed that settled society began there. In Pittsburgh, we owe the existence of our own city

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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, few are

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The Terrible Towel is Poised to Strike! 

The Terrible Towel is Poised to Strike! 

Pittsburghers are no strangers to talismans.  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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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 a description of people located in Western Asia and North Africa. According to the Arab American National Museum, Arab Americans come from the 22 countries

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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

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 (it’s about the size of Alabama), the Greeks who came to Pittsburgh were few in number when compared to some of their other ethnic counterparts, such

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Italian Heritage 

Italian Heritage 

It’s la Dolce Vita for Italians in Pittsburgh We all know Christopher Columbus came to the New World in 1492, but it took many generations after that before his fellow Italians would establish a large presence in North America. During colonial times, there were a few Italians living here, but it wasn’t until later in the nineteenth century that the first sizable influx of immigrants

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Indian Community at Home in Pittsburgh  

Indian Community at Home in Pittsburgh  

As everyone knows, Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492 in search of a passage to India.  Instead, he found the Americas.  More than 500 years later we have a slightly different scenario: many Indians are leaving the subcontinent and discovering Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh area in the past has experienced waves of immigration; many came to the region seeking a better future in America than

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