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April 28, 2020

All-Out for Victory Gardens!

Confronting shelter-in-place rules and economic uncertainty at a time when visiting the grocery store is a scary proposition, Americans are turning again to home gardens. As seeds and garden supplies fly off virtual store shelves, we recall the “Victory Gardens” of World War I and World War II. How do the experiences of those events compare with our current situation?

April 23, 2020

Bootleg Beef and Smuggled Sirloin: Black Market Meat During World War II

Today, the coronavirus pandemic has closed meat processing plants across the nation, including two in Pennsylvania. The closures raise new concerns about the nation’s meat supply as grocery store customers already confront empty shelves. As we face this latest chato contemplate a change in eating habits. Why was black market meat such a problem during World War II, and what prompted Ray Sprigle to wade into the fray?llenge to the American dinner plate, it is useful to reflect upon what happened 75 years ago, when a different set of circumstances forced people

February 16, 2020

5 Surprising Pittsburgh Innovations

Pittsburgh is a city that prides itself on its esteemed tradition of innovation. For more than 250 years, the people of this region have found new ways to solve problems and make life a little sweeter for their neighbors. From sports and entertainment to healthcare and technology, Pittsburghers continually innovate for a better tomorrow. Read on to discover five surprising innovations with Pittsburgh roots.