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April 8, 2016

Of Bells and Fire: Artifacts Recall April 10, 1845

For a century, the Great Fire stood as the event by which Pittsburgh’s history was measured: the “before” and “after” point. Burned streets were rebuilt and businesses resumed, but memories lingered.

February 10, 2016

Camp James Weldon Johnson

Camp James Weldon Johnson, named after the author, diplomat, and NAACP leader, was established in 1939 as a "fresh air" camp, drawing African American attendees from Pittsburgh and its surrounding neighborhoods.

February 3, 2016

New Pittsburghese Guide Helps Yinz with Local Speech

One of the most distinctive features of Western Pennsylvania is the widespread use of a dialect that we have come to call Pittsburghese. The History Center has the complete guide to Pittsburghese available now.