Arabs in Pittsburgh

Arabs in Pittsburgh

Many cities in the United States have communities of Arabs. Although not as large as the communities in places such as Detroit, Washington, D.C., or Los Angeles, Pittsburgh has a small, but thriving enclave of Arabs. The term Arab is a description of people located in Western Asia and North Africa. According to the Arab American National Museum, Arab Americans come from the 22 countries

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Pittsburgh: New Slovakia?

Pittsburgh: New Slovakia?

When immigrants came to the United States, it was common for them to name the places where they settled after their native land. That’s why we have places called New England, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, etc. Not only were regions and states named in such a manner, but there are also numerous towns, villages, and cities with names reflecting the areas from where

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Croatia: Small Country Has Big Impact on Pittsburgh

Croatia: Small Country Has Big Impact on Pittsburgh

Croatia is a bit smaller than the state of West Virginia. Nevertheless, this tiny country in southeastern Europe has had a large impact on the Pittsburgh region because many Croatian immigrants have settled here. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2007 Community Survey, approximately 414,714 Americans claim to be of full or partial Croatian descent. That’s a considerable number since Croatia’s population is only around

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Germans Find Pittsburgh to be Wunderbar!

Germans Find Pittsburgh to be Wunderbar!

If cities have heartbeats, then Pittsburgh’s must thump like an oom pah pah band. Many immigrants have flocked to the Pittsburgh area over the centuries, but no nationality has come to the region in greater numbers than the Germans. According to the U.S. Census of 2000, more people in the Pittsburgh area claim German heritage than any other. The first Germans came to the New

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Indian Community at Home in Pittsburgh  

Indian Community at Home in Pittsburgh  

As everyone knows, Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in 1492 in search of a passage to India.  Instead, he found the Americas.  More than 500 years later we have a slightly different scenario: many Indians are leaving the subcontinent and discovering Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh area in the past has experienced waves of immigration; many came to the region seeking a better future in America than

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Italian Heritage 

Italian Heritage 

It’s la Dolce Vita for Italians in Pittsburgh We all know Christopher Columbus came to the New World in 1492, but it took many generations after that before his fellow Italians would establish a large presence in North America. During colonial times, there were a few Italians living here, but it wasn’t until later in the nineteenth century that the first sizable influx of immigrants

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Witamy! Pittsburgh’s Polish Power  

Witamy! Pittsburgh's Polish Power  

Copernicus, Chopin, Pope John Paul II: these are just a few of the myriad Polish notables who have left their marks on history. Although these Polish luminaries resided in Europe, when the Polish came to Pittsburgh, they did not leave their remarkable culture behind. The list of accomplishments by Americans of Polish ancestry is as long as some of the consonant-crammed surnames they bear. Witamy

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Ukrainians in Pittsburgh 

Ukrainians in Pittsburgh 

If you’ve lived in Pittsburgh for any length of time, you’ve probably met someone of Ukrainian descent. Or maybe you are Ukrainian yourself. For those who are not Ukrainian, you may not know much about this nationality group and the country from which they hail. This is not surprising since for centuries, Ukrainians have been valiantly trying to hold on to their country, independence, and

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Attack Theatre Conquers Pittsburgh

Attack Theatre Conquers Pittsburgh

Attack Theatre, which creates original collaborative dance-based performances, was founded in 1994 by Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope. In honor of the theatre’s 20th anniversary, Popular Pittsburgh asked Michele to reflect on the theatre’s two decades of success. Q. What was it about Pittsburgh that made you decide to found Attack Theatre here? A. Originally from Houston, Texas, I moved to Pittsburgh from New

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Why Are Pittsburghers So Friendly?

Why Are Pittsburghers So Friendly?

“I was lost in Pittsburgh, and when I asked for directions, the person I stopped on the street insisted on walking me to my destination.” “My car had a flat on the Parkway, and three people stopped to help me.” “When I moved into my new home, the next door neighbors welcomed me with a cake.” Experiences like these are not rare when you are

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