Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

On November 22, 1966, during the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came to Pittsburgh to deliver a speech at The University of Pittsburgh Student Union. His speech concluded with the words, “I still believe in the future. Our goal is freedom, and we’ll get there because the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned as we may be, our destiny is

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Therese Rocco – A Memoir: Book Review

Therese Rocco - A Memoir: Book Review

The book Therese Rocco- A Memoir is a great read for anyone interested in learning about how Pittsburgh has changed and, in some cases, stayed the same in the years between Therese Rocco getting a job with the City of Pittsburgh in 1948 and retiring as Assistant Police Chief in the mid-90s. In addition, we get a glimpse at her life both before her days

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Timeline of Pittsburgh

Timeline of Pittsburgh

Many historic, tragic, triumphant, and innovative events have occurred in Pittsburgh. It’s no surprise as our history goes back nearly 300 years. Pittsburgh began as a French fort but progressed over the years to be the first leader in coal and today as a front runner in technology and the health care industry. To give you a broader overview of how the city has grown

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What’s in a Name? – Somerset County

What's in a Name? - Somerset County

Somerset County was thrust into national prominence during the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but do you know how the county and many of the communities there got their names? Some are obvious, having derived from descriptions of geographical or features found in that area. But what about those other places? Some were named after people. Who were they? And why did they merit having a

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Christmas at Fort Pitt

Christmas at Fort Pitt

Pittsburgh’s First Christmas If those who first settled the city and lived at Fort Pitt in the 1750s got in a time machine and came forward to the future at Christmas, they’d be shocked at all the merriment and decorations. In 1758, Pittsburgh’s first Christmas was a particularly bleak one. Just one month earlier, the French had abandoned Fort Duquesne, burning it to the ground,

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The P.J. McArdle Roadway: Past and Present

The P.J. McArdle Roadway: Past and Present

A Brief History Pittsburgh is known for its steep hills and how they provide dramatic perches for overlooking the city. While those hills can be an asset, they can also be an obstacle. During the early 20th   Century, residents began to move from the confines of the Golden Triangle to surrounding neighborhoods such as Mt. Washington. Before the P.J. McArdle Roadway, there were six inclines

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What’s in a Name? – Beaver County

What's in a Name? - Beaver County

Although Pennsylvania’s 20th governor was named James Beaver, Beaver County was not name for him as Beaver County was created in 1800, 37 years before Governor Beaver was born. The county and the county seat took its name from the Beaver River, the 21-mile-long tributary of the Ohio River that flows through the western part of the state. Settlers came to the region in the

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The History of the Allegheny County Courthouse & Jail

The History of the Allegheny County Courthouse & Jail

One of the most interesting things about visiting Europe is seeing the fortress cities, towns enclosed inside walls. Pittsburgh doesn’t have that, but the closest we would come to it is the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail complex in downtown Pittsburgh. The buildings on Grant Street are now dwarfed by the skyscrapers that have risen around them. However, back in 1888 when they debuted with

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What’s in a Name? – Armstrong County

What's in a Name? - Armstrong County

Armstrong County was named for Colonel John Armstrong. During the French and Indian War, the area was home to an Indian village that was notorious for launching raids on white settlers in western Pennsylvania, parts of Maryland, and Virginia. Colonel Armstrong led an attack with 300 frontier troops on the Indian village to put down their murderous raids. During what became known as the “Battle

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The Children’s Institute — A Long History of Helping Amazing Kids and Families

The Children’s Institute — A Long History of Helping Amazing Kids and Families

Since its founding in 1902, The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh has identified needs in our community and has taken action to address those needs. The organization’s incredible history starts with Emile Terrenoire, who was only three years old in 1902 when he lost both his legs in a train accident. After his release from Pittsburgh’s Children’s Hospital, his widowed mother was unable to care for

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