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March 30, 2018

Pysanky on Ice

Traditionally, Ukrainians find time in the week before Easter to create highly decorated eggs or pysanky that celebrate the resurrection of Christ. In 1992, Lynda Ellis, the grandchild of Ukrainian immigrants, drew on her heritage to share the good luck and positive symbolism of pysanky with her sons' favorite team, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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February 15, 2018

Rare Martin Delany Signed Document

At the height of the movement to rid the nation of slavery - the abolitionist movement - Martin R. Delany was one of the more charismatic and practical leaders of the time.

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February 13, 2018

Pittsburgh Gets a Tommy Gun, 1929

Sometimes an object becomes so associated with a certain era that it eventually symbolizes larger issues that shaped part of American history. For the 1920s, one such object was the Thompson Submachine gun, or "Tommy" gun. Nearly 90 years ago, the Tommy gun's role as part of an event known as the St. Valentine's Day Massacre forever entwined the gun with the dark folklore of gangsters and Prohibition-era crime.

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