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January 25, 2017

Picture, Picture on the Wall: A Brief History of Early Photography

Photography’s broad appeal is one of the things that makes it such an indelible part of modern society. It’s also something that cultural critics on occasion repeatedly bemoaned as the technology of picture-taking opened up and crossed from the boundaries of art and science into the realm of mass-entertainment.

December 14, 2016

Nativity Scenes From Around the World

Learn about two traditional nativity scenes from around the world on display at the History Center, including an Italian American presepio and a Polish szopka.

December 6, 2016

Awaiting the Arrival of Old St. Nick

For Pittsburghers of Christian European descent, especially German, Dec. 6 was a special day each year. Children awoke to find their shoes or stockings filled with fruits, nuts, chocolate coins, and other treats, a gift from Saint Nicholas in honor of his feast day.