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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.

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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.

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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.

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