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May 3, 2020

Bells Across Pennsylvania Day

The Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association is encouraging all residents and houses of worship to ring bells for three minutes at 7 p.m. on May 3, 2020, to recognize those on the frontlines battling COVID-19, to show solidarity with elected officials and governments in this effort, and to demonstrate resolve that we will prevail in this challenge. This effort draws on a long history of using bells to communicate across distances and to mark important events or times.

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February 27, 2020

“Lifting as we climb”: The Aurora Reading Club Records

"Lifting as we climb" means to encourage and provide for others while making one’s way in the world, following the discourse of W.E.B. Du Bois’ racial uplift theory of the 19th and 20th centuries. It is what Pittsburgh’s Aurora Reading Club did at its founding in 1894 and continues to do after 124 years. With so much history and plenty more to make, the Aurora Reading Club records kept in the Detre Library & Archives continue to expand with new additions.

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December 27, 2019

Exploring Holiday Culinary Identity, an Intern’s Story

This post recounts the experience of a History Center curatorial intern as he discovered the meaning of his own cultural heritage through his assistance with the A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibition.

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