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February 13, 2019

Congressman James Fulton: Strong on Space

Pittsburgh doesn’t seem to be an obvious place to be home to one of the most vocal Congressional boosters of American space research. The region was home to Dormont’s long-time congressman James G. Fulton, an ardent advocate for space. Fulton used his position in Congress to bring the space race to Western Pennsylvania, spending the latter half of his 25-year career trying to generate high-tech jobs related to the space program.

December 26, 2018

Wait For It: Hamilton in Pittsburgh

The last time Hamilton came to Pittsburgh, he wasn’t quite as popular. In fact, he was arguably one of the most hated men in Western Pennsylvania in the late 1700s, thanks to his liquor tax that sparked the Whiskey Rebellion. As Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” lands in Pittsburgh this January, we’re taking a look at some of the historical connections between Western Pennsylvania and the founding fathers portrayed in this wildly popular musical.

November 25, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving, and Happy Birthday Pittsburgh!

On Nov. 25, 1758, the British and provincial army led by Gen. John Forbes arrived at the Forks of the Ohio River. The French, anticipating their arrival and aware of the superiority of the British force, had detonated their stock of gunpowder and abandoned Fort Duquesne the day before. “Without stroke of sword,” Forbes' army took control of the smoldering ruins and the critical land at the Point for Great Britain.