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March 14, 2018

At the Shirtwaist Ball

Billed as “the Most Democratic Fete ever attempted in Pittsburgh,” the Equal Franchise Federation held its Suffrage Shirtwaist Ball more than one hundred years ago on Nov. 10, 1916. Though its memory has long since faded, the fundraiser itself was widely attended and lived up to its tagline.

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February 28, 2018

Will You Sign the Pledge?: Francis Murphy and Pittsburgh’s Great Temperance Movement

In the 1870s, thousands of Pittsburghers were excited about not drinking alcohol. More than that, their unprecedented response to Francis Murphy catapulted him to fame and made the city the headquarters for one of the greatest international temperance movements in history. So, who was this temperance rock star, and how did he manage to get Pittsburgh stoked for sobriety?

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February 21, 2018

The James A. Dorsey Story

For many people, time off from work or school is an opportunity to engage in physical activity, whether it's hunting and fishing, enjoying swings on a playground, or a pick-up game with friends. Pittsburgher James A. Dorsey had a passion for sports and recreational activities as well, and he devoted his life to sharing that love with others.

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