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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.

August 17, 2016

John Brashear’s Forgotten Time Capsule

Aug. 14 marks the anniversary of the day in 1894 when astronomer and instrument maker John Brashear, along with a group of his employees, placed a small time capsule box in the cornerstone of their workshop building in Observatory Hill.

June 24, 2016

Hurricane Agnes and the Fort Pitt Museum

By 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 1972, a flood caused by tropical storm Agnes had reached its 35.8-foot crest in Pittsburgh. Fort Pitt Museum records indicate that when Agnes struck the Point, 45 inches of floodwater inundated the building.