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August 19, 2019

The Food of Fallingwater: A Look at the Elsie Henderson Papers and Photographs

To see Elsie Henderson’s accomplishments and to listen to her recount her experiences as an untrained cook working for those who many consider to be American royalty is to glance into an evolving society over the span of a century through archival material.

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November 21, 2018

Gobbling Up Thanksgiving with Pittsburgh Flare

Thanksgiving Day is a time for celebrating with friends and family, but it’s also a national holiday where Americans can feast on delicious food. Stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and the ever-present apple and pumpkin pies adorn tables across the nation. However, it is the quintessential turkey that is synonymous with the yearly meal, often residing at the center of dinner tables. To commemorate the holiday, a Westmoreland County glassware company produced a serving bowl in the shape of the iconic fowl.

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June 4, 2018

Prohibition’s Legacy in Pennsylvania

The Keystone State is known for having some of the strictest alcohol laws in the U.S. Where did Pennsylvania’s liquor laws come from, and why are they so strict compared to other states? A look at the gubernatorial administrations of Gifford Pinchot provides some answers.

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