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December 13, 2017

The Mystery of the McKeesport Menorah

The Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives recently acquired this charming electric menorah from the Iszauk family of White Oak, Pa., a borough outside McKeesport. No one in the Jewish community in McKeesport could provide any information about the origins of the electric menorah, but we dug a littler deeper.

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December 4, 2017

Christmas at Buhl Planetarium and its Miniature Railroad

Every December, back in the 1970s, my family made its annual trip to Buhl Planetarium to visit the Miniature Railroad & Village. We had a model railroad that filled our basement too, but we marveled at the size and moving figures at the Buhl. It was always crowded and noisy, and sometimes the line wound outside, but when we made it down the final few steps, it was worth the wintry wait.

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October 31, 2017

Five Spooky Artifacts Perfect for Halloween

It’s Halloween and what better day to share some of the History Center’s spookiest and creepiest artifacts. Next time you visit the museum, check out the Special Collections gallery on the fourth floor to see these artifacts in person.

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