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April 26, 2018

Pretzels and Prohibition: The Tangled Fate of the “German Biscuit”

Some foods just go well with beer. Of all the bar treats linked to the rise and fall of the American saloon, none played so public a role as the pretzel. In honor of National Pretzel Day, here’s a look back at how the pretzel became a player in the drama that led to Prohibition.

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April 18, 2018

In Vino Veritas: The Tradition of Winemaking in the Italian American Home

Like all immigrants, Italians brought their traditional methods of food production with them to their new homes in America. From canning garden-grown vegetables and curing meats to home brewing wine and spirits (think limoncello), the first generation harvested and processed their food in the same manner they would in Italy.

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February 5, 2018

Curator Q&A: Leslie Przybylek and American Spirits

Meet Leslie Przybylek, lead curator for the new American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition. Leslie has been hard at work bringing this traveling exhibit from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to the History Center, adding a local connection that brings to life Prohibition-era Pittsburgh. Read our interview with Leslie for her take on the new exhibit and what it is about the '20s that continues to fascinate us, nearly a century later.

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