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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Jacqy Huyser: Pittsburgher by Choice

Jacqy Huyser: Pittsburgher by Choice

There are a lot of different people who call Pittsburgh home. Some are true natives, and some made the choice to move to here. We are always interested to hear from those who chose to make our city home. These newcomers can provide a window into the psyche of Pittsburgh that is like no other. We had the pleasure of talking to Jacqy Huyser, a

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The History of the Pittsburgh Savoyards

The History of the Pittsburgh Savoyards

The Pittsburgh Savoyards began as a simple fundraiser and is now the oldest continuously operating theatre in Pittsburgh. In 1938, Harold Gaul of Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church choir in Shadyside decided to stage a production of The Pirates of Penzance as a fund raiser for a youth summer camp. After months of prep work, and negotiations with the D’Oyle Carte Opera Company to produce the

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The Santa Dilemma

The Santa Dilemma

When children are young there’s no question about it. Santa is real and he is a fat jolly man that has one hard workday a year. The mystery of the Christmas season is magical and as parents we strive to make that gleam in our children’s eyes last forever. Inevitably, as a child grows up, they start to question everything. Including the ‘little white lies’

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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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History Behind the Holiday: Day of the Dead

History Behind the Holiday: Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos—or Day of the Dead—is an often misunderstood holiday in the United States. Many believe this Mexican celebration is related to Halloween. While there are similarities, the two holidays originate from different sources. Our History of Halloween article, explains how Samhain—an ancient Celtic festival—evolved over thousands of years into the costumes and trick-or-treating we participate in today. Dia de los Muetos ,

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History Behind the Holiday: Halloween

History Behind the Holiday: Halloween

People have been celebrating Halloween—or some version of it—for more than 2,000 years. Today, many mistakenly associate this Americanized holiday with Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). However, that is not quite true. The roots of Halloween reach much farther back, to Western Europe B.C.E. The Original Halloween Halloween originates from the Celtic New Year festival, Samhain (sow-in). The Celts, who lived during

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The Kelly Strayhorn Theater: A Place of Inspiration and Artistic Incubation

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater: A Place of Inspiration and Artistic Incubation

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty is named for two hometown legends: Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn. Gene Kelly—singer, dancer, actor, filmmaker, and choreographer—is best known for his role in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and many other films. Billy Strayhorn was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger who collaborated with the likes of Duke Ellington. Both called Pittsburgh home during their

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Prominent Civic Associations in Pittsburgh

Prominent Civic Associations in Pittsburgh

  Civic Associations have a distinctive and vital role in a democratic society. These organizations work with the goal of improving communities. Many serve the important function of providing a collective voice to issues that affect the community. Pittsburgh is home to many civic associations whose missions are to enhance the Greater Pittsburgh area for residents and visitors. Below are some of the most notable.

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The History Behind the Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

The History Behind the Holiday: Rosh Hashanah

What marks a new year? Across most of the Western world, parties leading up to midnight of January 1st celebrate a new calendar year. Often, the first day of school in September marks a new year. In the business world, fiscal years can begin and end at any time. For the Jewish people, Rosh Hashanah is the two-day religious festival that honors the Jewish New

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