Local History

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Guide to visiting all of the Fred Rogers’ sites in Latrobe, PA

By Jenna McGuiggan | May 22, 2022

Latrobe, Pennsylvania, is the birthplace of Fred Rogers. Less than an hour from Pittsburgh, here is what to see in Mister Rogers’ Latrobe.

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Get to know Ed Vidunas, Pittsburgh’s Beer Historian

By Aadam Soorma | April 7, 2022

Since 1794, there have been well over 100 breweries in Allegheny County. Ed Vidunas is harnessing their stories online at PittsburghBrewers.com

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A Guide to National Parks Near Pittsburgh

By Lindsay Patross | January 30, 2022

There are six national parks located less than two hours from Downtown Pittsburgh. Pittsburghers can visit some national historic sites in a day trip.

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Six stories of obscure Pittsburgh history you probably haven’t heard yet

By Boaz Frankel | January 29, 2022

6 fun facts about the Steel City that you may not know

Indiana, PA: The Christmas Tree Capital of the World

By Jenna McGuiggan | December 1, 2021

Tracing its Christmas Tree roots back to 1918, local farmers are keeping the Christmas spirit alive just an hour from Pittsburgh in Indiana, PA.

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Stones in the Steel City: A history of the Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh

By Brian Conway | September 27, 2021

From Danceland in West View to the Igloo, we take a look at when and where the Rolling Stones have performed in Pittsburgh. 

Nazis, Intimidation, and Espionage: How a St. Charles Mansion Became Part of a WWII Conspiracy

By Kate Taylor | August 5, 2021

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood summer blockbuster — a vast campaign of espionage and propaganda taking place on U.S. soil that must be stopped before the fabric of America unravels. But this story isn’t fiction. Carried out from a stately St. Charles mansion, Baron Edgar von Spiegel, German Consul to New Orleans, undertook his campaign of intimidation, espionage, and misinformation.

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A Big Numbers Hit in 1930 Created Pittsburgh Mob Legends

By David Rotenstein | August 5, 2021

Meet some Pittsburgh mob legends and learn how a bet on the number 805 in 1930 changed gambling in the city of Pittsburgh.

👀 NOLA Hosted a World’s Fair in 1884, But Relics Still Dot the City

By Matt Haines | June 25, 2021

Here’s a list of some of the most notable remnants from the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition.

How a Black Civil War Hero’s funeral paved the way for second lines

By Matthew Hinton | June 25, 2021

In an attempt to earn the full freedom and equality of the white caste, Captain André Cailloux fought in the Battle at Port Hudson, Louisiana, in 1863 becoming the first widely publicized Black Civil War hero. His funeral was the largest procession the city had seen at the time, and is considered by many to be the predecessor to modern-day jazz funerals and second lines.