Superstition

GOT MILK? ----- CURSES! ----- NOT ANYMORE! Where Uncertainty and Fear Reign If superstition thrives amid uncertainty and fear, there was no better place for that than Southwestern Pennsylvania in the mid to late 1700s. Our ancestors were ruled by beliefs we find childish and strange today. It was not a good place to be if you were a woman, and managed to stay alive...
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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 likelih...
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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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