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December 30, 2020

MGM’s “Words and Music,” 1948: A Holiday Turning Point

During the holiday season of 1948, three well-known performing artists with Western Pennsylvania connections all appeared in the same motion picture: MGM’s movie musical “Words and Music." For each of the performers—Gene Kelly, Perry Como, and Lena Horne­—the film marked a turning point.

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December 22, 2020

Why Women’s History Initiatives Matter

An October post featuring Pittsburgh businesswomen garnered such great response that it deserved a follow up. These efforts remind us why celebrations like the 19th Amendment Centennial need to go forward despite pandemic challenges and why projects such as the History Center’s “Women Forging the Way” initiative and the Smithsonian’s “Because of Her Story” are crucial.

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December 17, 2020

Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine

Sixty-five years ago, Dr. Jonas Salk saved countless lives around the world with the development of an effective vaccine for polio.

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