Pittsburgh’s Pot Past

As Pittsburgh makes marijuana possession a little less illegal, it is interesting to note that bales of cannabis once came here by the boatloads. A local businesswoman  ordered the bales and processed them downtown for customers who shipped them around the world. Perhaps, I should explain. Mary Irwin made rope. In all likelihood, the hemp that lined the riverbanks would...
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Dead Two Centuries, Mary Irwin Inspires Today’s Women

Are you a feminist? A lover of bodice-ripping romantic novels? Maybe you are a patriot. Or, maybe marijuana turns you on.Everyone of you should get to know Mary Pattison Irwin.She's been dead and forgotten nearly 200 years, but memory of her life is once again flickering  in Pittsburgh.Mary is to be honored March 2 by civic leaders who are holding her up as an example for aspir...
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Pittsburgh Got Schenley Wrong

Sleazy Seducer or Slave Savior? Pittsburgh likes to tell a romantic, shocking tale about one of its wealthy young heiresses. It's been telling the story for 174 years. The story is mostly wrong. Lurid speculation in newspaper accounts of 1842 get passed off as accurate history. I refer to the elopement of Mary Croghan and Edward W.H. Schenley. You know the name from Schenl...
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It Ain’t Easy Saving the Past

Don't mess with these ladies, the Pittsburgh DAR chapter in 1906. So, you want to preserve an old historic building? Of course not. You want someone else do it. Let's look at two examples where people did come forward. First we'll detail the effort, setbacks and determination of a group of women who ensured the Fort Pitt Block House was not broken up and ...
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Dress All 1816 in 2016

One look is all it took for passion to bloom in 1816 Pittsburgh It wasn't a very big city, to be sure; less than 6,000 residents, but still there were balls and plenty of coming-out parties to attend. Then, there was church. What would you wear? We've been looking at 1816, the year Pittsburgh got big enough to become a city Thanks to the Internet and the popularity ...
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