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April 8, 2016

Of Bells and Fire: Artifacts Recall April 10, 1845

For a century, the Great Fire stood as the event by which Pittsburgh’s history was measured: the “before” and “after” point. Burned streets were rebuilt and businesses resumed, but memories lingered.

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February 3, 2016

New Pittsburghese Guide Helps Yinz with Local Speech

One of the most distinctive features of Western Pennsylvania is the widespread use of a dialect that we have come to call Pittsburghese. The History Center has the complete guide to Pittsburghese available now.

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January 27, 2016

The Mystery of Pittsburgh’s “Ghost Bomber”

Sixty years ago, at the height of our nation’s Cold War frenzy, an American military plane crashed into an icy Pittsburgh river, sparking one of our city’s most interesting – and enduring – unsolved mysteries.

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