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Slavery in Pittsburgh

Slavery in Pittsburgh

Sadly, slavery is as old as civilization itself, and numerous societies over the millennia has either been enslaved or enslaved others. In fact, the word slavery comes from the Slavs because so many Slavic people were taken into bondage. Today, slavery still exists in the form of human trafficking, forced labor, forced marriage and sexual exploitation. Pittsburgh’s history has not escaped this blight on humanity.

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The Grant Building’s Presence in Pittsburgh

The Grant Building's Presence in Pittsburgh

When showing off our city’s skyline to visitors from atop Grandview Avenue, Pittsburghers often make sure to point out that the lights on top of the Grant Building flash out the word P-I-T-T-S-B-U-R-G-H in Morse code. While the Morse code fact is attention getting, there is a lot more that can be said about this skyscraper. In the late1920s and early 1930s, the Pittsburgh skyline

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The History Behind the Holiday: Cinco de Mayo

The History Behind the Holiday: Cinco de Mayo

The mention of Cinco de Mayo brings to mind bright colors, refreshing alcoholic drinks, and of course a celebration of the Mexican people. However, while America loves any reason to celebrate, the true meaning and purpose of celebrating the “Fifth of May” is often lost beneath fluttering pinatas and the glitters of alcohol-fueled parties. But fear not, because of Popular Pittsburgh’s never-ending thirst for knowledge,

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Pittsburgh’s Amusement Park History

Pittsburgh is an ever-changing city. Many places of historical interest have been replaced with something more modern and arguably better. This was the fate for many of the amusement parks that were once scattered around the Greater Pittsburgh area. Modern day amusement parks got much of their start from trolley parks dating back to the late 1800’s. Trolley parks were created to give streetcar riders

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Passover: The Story Behind the Customs

Passover: The Story Behind the Customs

For the roughly 15 million Jewish people across the globe, celebrating Passover is an extraordinarily important part of their faith. However, for all of its significance, a large portion of people (Jews included) are left in the dark when it comes to why it is celebrated and the reason behind the various customs attributed with it. With that in mind, as the Spring season brings

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Easter Traditions: Why Do We Do Things We Do?

Easter Traditions: Why Do We Do Things We Do?

I was sitting in the sauna with a few other women, one of whom was Chinese. She asked one of the others there if they had a nice Easter? The woman replied that she did. Then the woman from China posed a question that stumped all of us sweating in the sauna. Why do people eat ham on Easter? No one could offer a reason,

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The Bayernhof Museum

The Bayernhof Museum

It’s fun to fantasize about what kind of home you would build if money were no object. Charles B. Brown III didn’t have to fantasize about it; he did it. Brown built one of the area’s most unusual homes, The Bayernhof, which has since been turned into The Bayernhof Museum. Brown grew up in Aspinwall and graduated from Thiel College. After working in a machine

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Henry Hornbostel: Pittsburgh’s Most Flamboyant Architect

Henry Hornbostel: Pittsburgh’s Most Flamboyant Architect

While some may argue that Frank Lloyd Wright is the architect most associated with Pittsburgh because of his design of the celebrated Fallingwater and others may cite Daniel Burnham because of the numerous buildings he designed for Pittsburgh, none would argue that Henry Hornbostel was the architect who not only created masterpieces in Pittsburgh but did it with unsurpassed style. Hornbostel was born in 1867

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Pittsburgh’s Soldiers & Sailors Hall Preserving Military History

Pittsburgh’s Soldiers & Sailors Hall Preserving Military History

In his farewell address to Congress on April 19, 1951, legendary soldier General Douglas MacArthur said that, “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.” No disrespect to the general, but Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood was founded to ensure that our soldiers and sailors and their selfless service never fade from our memories. During the Reconstruction and healing of the

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Andy Warhol: A Pittsburgher at the Core

Andy Warhol: A Pittsburgher at the Core

Andy Warhol was an artist, a celebrity, a cultural icon, an eccentric, and, at heart, a Pittsburgher. While most people associate Warhol with the jet set and locations like New York City and Hollywood, most fail to realize how much of a Pittsburgher he was. Andy Warhola (he began to drop the “a” from his last name while in college) was born on August 6,

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