The Johnstown Flood of 1889

The Johnstown Flood of 1889

Nearly a century and a half ago, a catastrophe befell the citizens and visitors of an area in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Johnstown Flood of 1889 has become a tragic slice of American history. The events leave anyone who decides to explore this piece of history astonished by the engineering malpractice that led to the incident and the lack of justice that followed. On May 31,

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Poetry Corner

Poetry Corner

Monthly Poem August Green growth pulses through the veins of the Earth. And violent colors burst from the seams. Red, blue, yellow, orange. A mosaic of color Rays reach the deepest corners of the dark, spreading hope and light to all. A season of sunlight.   ~Bethany Kane Past Monthly Poems + Open All Seasons of Pittsburgh + Open All Summer Spring Winter Autumn Pittsburgh

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The Siege of Fort Pitt

The Siege of Fort Pitt

Land has always been valuable and the source of much conflict amongst people, and the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers made this area, and what would later become Pittsburgh, choice real estate and the site of much violence. Initially in the 1740s, when English trader, William Trent, first came to the area and set up a trading post at the headwaters of 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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8 Crazy Nights: Celebrating Hanukkah in Pittsburgh

8 Crazy Nights: Celebrating Hanukkah in Pittsburgh

This week marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, for the Jewish people. The history behind this joyous holiday lies within the miracle of the Maccabees and God’s divine intervention. When the Grecian armies destroyed the Second Temple, Jewish armies rose and defeated their persecutors. However, when rededicating the desecrated temple to the Jewish faith, the Maccabees discovered there was only enough oil

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Explore the Mummies of the World

Explore the Mummies of the World

When mummies are mentioned, images of Egypt or classic horror films with Boris Karloff tend to come to mind. It is true, Egypt had mummies, but what many don’t know is that South America had them 9,000 years before the Egyptians. The Carnegie Science Center’s Mummies of the World: The Exhibition expands the horizon on mummies and shows that mummification practices have spanned the globe

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An Interview with Brooklyn Based Band Charming Disaster

An Interview with Brooklyn Based Band Charming Disaster

Embodying both the devilish and divine, Brooklyn based goth-folk duo, Charming Disaster, is set to perform at the Wigle Whiskey Barrel House and Beer Garden on 1055 Spring Garden Avenue from 7-9pm on July 27th. This is not Charming Disaster’s first time playing in Pittsburgh, but their return is greatly anticipated from fans and local music lovers alike as they will perform songs from their

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The Uncertain Fate of The Abrams House

The Uncertain Fate of The Abrams House

Tucked away off Woodland Drive near Chatham University, a wonderfully eclectic residence remains one of Pittsburgh’s crown jewels of unorthodox architecture. The Abrams House, as it is affectionately called, is the work of Pritzker Architecture Prize-Winner Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. The house oozes of postmodern style and is a testament to the curated, quirky style of late owner Betty Abrams. And while this

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The Value of Viewership

The Value of Viewership

Understanding Contracts with Pittsburgh and the Cable Provider with PCTV The intricacies of cable often go undetected by consumers who are on the receiving end of television services. However, it is important to understand how cable is provided to the city and through what means it is acquired. Luckily, the agreements between the city and various cable companies give insight into this complex process of

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Pittsburgh Among the Top in the Nation for Being Digitally Inclusive

Pittsburgh Among the Top in the Nation for Being Digitally Inclusive

The accolades continue to roll in for Pittsburgh. The Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank, recently cited Pittsburgh as being among the top Eight Digitally Inclusive Tech Cities in the country. What does digitally inclusive mean? We all know that our workplaces have become more tech based and our work has become more digitalized. But you may not know that the representation of women

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