AAPI Heritage Month

AAPI Heritage Month

May is a month to commemorate and celebrate all Americans of Asian/Pacific Island heritage. In 1978, Congress passed the first celebration, but this only recognized May 4th – May 11th as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” It wasn’t until 1992 that Congress made it a law to annually observe May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. But why did Congress choose the month of May for this

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The Log Houses of Pittsburgh

The Log Houses of Pittsburgh

Here’s a list of log houses in the Pittsburgh area that you didn’t know you wanted until now. Most of the structures mentioned below are over 200 years old—though many of them have undergone some form of restoration. A brief history of each house is included. You may just learn something new. The Neill (Neal) Log House The Neill Log House is the oldest existing

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What’s in a Name – Indiana County

What’s in a Name – Indiana County

Indiana County takes its name from the Indians who lived in the region as it was purchased from the Iroquois Six Nations in 1768 under the Treaty of Fort Stanwix enacted by Thomas and Richard Penn, the sons of William Penn. Its county seat is also called Indiana. Below are some towns in the county and how they got their names. Armagh Eight families from

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History Behind the Holiday: St. Patrick’s Day

History Behind the Holiday: St. Patrick's Day

When you’ve been celebrating a holiday for more than 1,000 years, the reasons why we observe that occasion can become obscured over time. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday People have been celebrating in some form since the ninth or tenth century, and the celebrations seem to only get more popular as time go on. Saint Patrick Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland

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Celebrating Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women's History Month

Since the 1980s, presidents have made proclamations to declare March “Women’s History Month.”[1] It’s a month to celebrate the contributions women have contributed American history. While there are more women who have contributed to history than can be covered in this article, we’re going to explore some of the local and national figures who have helped to shape American and women’s history. Alma Speed Fox

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History Behind the Holiday: St. Valentine’s Day

History Behind the Holiday: St. Valentine's Day

You need to go back nearly two thousand years to trace the origins of Valentine’s Day. Celebrated each year on February 14th, Valentine’s Day is now a holiday filled with love, candy, and flowers. Many people believe the holiday is nothing more than a capitalist agenda invented by the greeting card and candy companies to get consumers to express their affections with gifts and cards.

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The Toughest Pittsburgher – Billy Conn

The Toughest Pittsburgher – Billy Conn

There have been many tough guys in sports in Pittsburgh. The snarling, gap-toothed Steeler linebacker Jack Lambert comes to mind, or maybe Penguin Andy Brown, one of the last NHL goaltenders to mind the net without wearing a mask. Or maybe boxer Paul Spadafora, the former IBF lightweight champion of the world. No matter how fierce, none of them can match Billy Conn, The Pittsburgh

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The Shopping Scene of Pittsburgh’s Past

The Shopping Scene of Pittsburgh’s Past

When I was a kid, there was one time when we were going to take my late grandmother to the store to buy a gift for a relative. Grandma was getting advanced in years and having a bit of trouble with her memory. When we asked if she was ready to go, she replied, “Yes, I’ve got my Frank & Seder charge card.” We all

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History Behind the Holiday: Hanukkah

History Behind the Holiday: Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of lights. Beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev, the festival is observed for eight nights. While Hanukkah is now one of the most well-known Jewish celebrations in North America, it is considered a very minor holiday in the Jewish religion. Popular Pittsburgh has put together a brief history behind the holiday and how it came

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Benedum and Trees: Oil Tycoons

Benedum and Trees: Oil Tycoons

If you’ve spent time of the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, the names Trees and Benedum are quite familiar. Joseph C. Trees Hall is located in the University’s upper campus. The hall serves as a multipurpose recreational facility for students, faculty, and staff. A few streets down, sits Michael L. Benedum Hall of Engineering. This landmark academic building is home to the Swanson School

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