Pittsburgh: New Slovakia?

Pittsburgh: New Slovakia?

When immigrants came to the United States, it was common for them to name the places where they settled after their native land. That’s why 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 reflecting the areas from where

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Ukrainians in Pittsburgh 

Ukrainians in Pittsburgh 

If you’ve lived in Pittsburgh for any length of time, you’ve probably met someone of Ukrainian descent. Or maybe you are Ukrainian yourself. For those who are not Ukrainian, you may not know much about this nationality group and the country from which they hail. This is not surprising since for centuries, Ukrainians have been valiantly trying to hold on to their country, independence, and

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Witamy! Pittsburgh’s Polish Power  

Witamy! Pittsburgh's Polish Power  

Copernicus, Chopin, Pope John Paul II: these are just a few of the myriad Polish notables who have left their marks on history. Although these Polish luminaries resided in Europe, when the Polish came to Pittsburgh, they did not leave their remarkable culture behind. The list of accomplishments by Americans of Polish ancestry is as long as some of the consonant-crammed surnames they bear. Witamy

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Attack Theatre Conquers Pittsburgh

Attack Theatre Conquers Pittsburgh

Attack Theatre, which creates original collaborative dance-based performances, was founded in 1994 by Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope. In honor of the theatre’s 20th anniversary (in 2014), Popular Pittsburgh asked Michele to reflect on the theatre’s two decades of success. Q. What was it about Pittsburgh that made you decide to found Attack Theatre here? A. Originally from Houston, Texas, I moved to

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Health Systems in Pittsburgh

Health Systems in Pittsburgh

Excellent medical care is not something to be taken for granted. Just as Pittsburgh’s reputation has turned from one of being an industrial powerhouse to one of being a leader in robotics and high-tech industries, so, too, the city has gained acclaim as a leader in the field of medicine. Today, Pittsburgh area hospitals boast highly trained physicians, the latest medical procedures and cutting-edge facilities

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Pittsburgh is Going to the Dogs

Pittsburgh is Going to the Dogs

Though not Paris, where dogs seem to have free rein in the City of Lights, even going to bistros, salons, and on the metro with their owners, Pittsburgh is nonetheless a pooch-friendly city. Lewis and Clark (& Seaman) One of the earliest recorded dogs in the area was Seaman, a Newfoundland, who belonged to Captain Meriwether Lewis and accompanied Lewis and his partner, William Clark,

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Why Are Pittsburghers So Friendly?

Why Are Pittsburghers So Friendly?

“I was lost in Pittsburgh, and when I asked for directions, the person I stopped on the street insisted on walking me to my destination.” “My car had a flat on the Parkway, and three people stopped to help me.” “When I moved into my new home, the next door neighbors welcomed me with a cake.” Experiences like these are not rare when you are

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The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

Helping Women to Seek Office While the population of Pennsylvania is almost equally divided between women and men, women are woefully under-represented in our governing bodies. The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University is intent on correcting that imbalance. The Center, in addition to doing political research on women in politics, offers several programs to empower women to seek elected office including Ready

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Hispanics in Pittsburgh

Hispanics in Pittsburgh

At one time, finding a Hispanic person in Pittsburgh was almost as rare as finding a Cleveland Browns fan in the city. But that has begun to change. “Hispanic” is an all-encompassing term for those with roots in Mexico, Spain, areas of the Caribbean, and Central and South America. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there were slightly more than 11,000 Hispanics living in Allegheny

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Pittsburgh’s Cultural District

Pittsburgh's Cultural District

The Cultural District as we know it today took shape in the early 1980s.  Pittsburgh was suffering from industrial decline and the downtown area was vacant.  It was at that time a group of leaders joined together to transform downtown.  One man that led this revitalization was the late John Heinz.  He was the chairman of the H.J. Heinz Company and an art lover.  Mr.

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