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December 27, 2019

Exploring Holiday Culinary Identity, an Intern’s Story

This post recounts the experience of a History Center curatorial intern as he discovered the meaning of his own cultural heritage through his assistance with the A Very Merry Pittsburgh exhibition.

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November 26, 2019

Fort Pitt Museum Shop Holiday Gift Guide 2019

To help both the eager and the more nonchalant shoppers prepare for the upcoming barrage of sales and spending, the Fort Pitt Museum has come up with a list of five unique items that are conveniently available for purchase at the Fort Pitt Museum gift shop this holiday season.

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December 19, 2018

Tuning in the Holidays: Recalling Pittsburgh’s Connections to the TV Holiday Special

For kids in the 1960s and 1970s, the Christmas season didn’t really begin until a new round of holiday television specials made their appearance. December 2018 marks the anniversary of two Rankin/Bass products that are less seen today. “The Little Drummer Boy” debuted 50 years ago in 1968, a religious tale of an orphan whose dying lamb is saved when the lad plays his drum for the newborn baby Jesus. And a rarely aired cartoon from 1978, “The Stingiest Man in Town,” marks its 40th anniversary. In theme and content, both shows connected to the earliest years of the TV holiday special, a history that involved multiple Pittsburgh companies.

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