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A Trio of Museums Attracts Throngs

A Trio of Museums Attracts Throngs

When you think of museums in Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Heinz History Center, and The Carnegie Science Center are the first ones that spring to mind. However a trio of lesser-known museums is rapidly becoming popular in their own right. The Mattress Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, and The Toonseum are distinct and delightful in their exhibits and in their facilities.

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Cool and Famous Things Made in Pittsburgh

Cool and Famous Things Made in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is known to Americans as the home of champion sports franchises, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Pittsburgh Pirates.  Of course, in Pittsburgh world renowned sports teams are just the start.  Innovative Pittsburghers have crafted everything from the steel for the Brooklyn Bridge to a famous sandwich that brings with it a true taste of Pittsburgh.  Let us take a look at a

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Pittsburgh Movie History: You Ought to Be in Pictures

Pittsburgh Movie History: You Ought to Be in Pictures

When it comes to movies, Pittsburgh is no understudy.  Since the early 1900s, the city has played a starring role in the film industry.  Whether it’s movies about Pittsburgh or movies filmed in the area, Pittsburgh and the movies have a long and storied relationship. First Theater Dedicated to Movies: the Nickelodeon Although movies weren’t invented in Pittsburgh, the city boasts the first theater dedicated

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Pittsburgh is a Taurus!

Have you ever been in one of those conversations where people start asking questions like, “What’s Your Sign”? No matter how old that question gets, it’s still fun to talk about astrology. Because of those questions, plus the horoscopes we read online and elsewhere, we’re all vaguely familiar with the signs of the zodiac. Bet you know what your sign is! If you’re honest, you have

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Pittsburgh Sisters Working Wonders for the Poor in Haiti

Pittsburgh Sisters Working Wonders for the Poor in Haiti

McMutrie Sisters There are two kinds of people in the world: those who when they see a need, talk about doing something to satisfy it, and those who roll up their sleeves and actually get to work. Pittsburgh sisters Jamie and Ali McMutrie are of the latter stock. For nearly 14 years, the McMutries, who hail from Ben Avon, have been working in Haiti to

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Military Connections: Supporting our Troops

This post is written by Summer Tissue, the founder of Military Connections, a non-profit corporation that sends equipment, care packages, and supplies to military personnel stationed overseas. We have been shipping boxes since 2003 and celebrated our 9th anniversary in July. We are registered as a 501 (c) (3) with the IRS so that all donations are tax deductible. History of Military Connections I started

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West View Park

West View Park

I didn’t grow up under a roller coaster, like Woody Allen’s character Alvy Singer in the movie Annie Hall, but I did grow up very close to one. I grew up in West View, the home of West View Amusement Park. I was a kid in the 1960’s and 1970’s, right before the park went into decline and closed. But even in its waning days,

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The Flight 93 Memorial

The most striking aspect of the Flight 93 Memorial is how isolated and hauntingly quiet the crash site is. The stillness almost has a physical presence. Located 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the memorial is an easy day trip from the city, and one that packs a profound emotional experience. The memorial is 20 miles from Exit 110, the

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Brighton Heights & “Pappy’s Flowers”

I’ve always enjoyed my neighborhood. A few years ago, I began to notice many improvements within the area, and realized that the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation was largely behind them. The BHCF has impacted Brighton Heights in the same way that other good civic organizations have added value to the neighborhoods they represent. I decided to attend one of their monthly meetings to show my

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Port Pittsburgh: Dams, Locks, and Inclines

Port Pittsburgh: Dams, Locks, and Inclines

There is a lot about Pittsburgh, PA, that no one would guess is true.  Who could imagine that a city in southwestern Pennsylvania would be such a key to the waterways of the nation?  Or that Pittsburgh is home to the oldest cable car operation, even predating San Francisco’s famous cable cars?  Yet both of these pieces of Pittsburgh trivia are true! Pittsburgh holds the

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