Blog Banner
February 14, 2017

The Spencer Family Valentine Hunt

In the early 1900s on the corner of Amberson and Dahlia Avenues in Shadyside, an eclectic Valentine’s Day tradition thrived in the household of a local Pittsburgh middle class family.

READ MORE
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.

READ MORE
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.

READ MORE