Saturday, May 9: Wilkinsburg Vacant Home Tour

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This Saturday, May 9th, is the Vacant Home Tour of Wilkinsburg. Tour takers will spend 45 minutes walking through Wilkinsburg, be shown five vacant historic homes by knowledgeable tour guides, then be able to sit in on a workshop to learn what goes into buying one. If you're thinking "that sounds unique", you're right: it may be the first tour of its kind. And if you're thinking "I should go", then you're not alone: nearly 500 people have RSVP'd on their Facebook page. Best of all, the tour is … [Read more...]

Frank Lenz: Local Adventurer, Avid Photographer, Big-Wheeled Bike Enthusiast

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Last Friday evening, I went searching for Frank Lenz, one of Pittsburgh’s most notable cyclists. To be fair, Lenz went missing almost 120 years ago, in Erzurum, Turkey, so I really didn’t have much hope of finding anything, but I figured I’d give it a shot. I headed over to the Brew House Art Gallery on the South Side, where David Herlihy, the author of The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance, was slated to give a talk about Lenz’s journey by … [Read more...]

Happening This Week

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American Idiot Tuesday - Sunday Heinz Hall, Cultural District An all-new musical based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album. More info/tickets:  http://culturaldistrict.org/venues/heinz-hall   Night Of The Living Dead Friday 5p Senator John Heinz History Center, Strip District This classic, locally-made 1968 horror movie is the terrifying take of a group of people trapped in a rural farmhouse who are attacked by unnamed "living dead" monsters. Ghostly … [Read more...]

Building Your Family Tree – History Center to offer FREE Workshops in on Researching African American and Jewish Family Histories

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Nowadays we can log on to ye olde Facebooks and keep tabs on our cousin and in many families Grandma and Grandpa are using the Facebooks to keep in touch.  But if you want to find out about previous generations - Facebook doesn't offer much.  Just the word Family Tree brings back memories of my mom helping me we a 2nd grad project.  She was determined to fill that piece of posterboard out correctly - probably because there was no other written location of the family history. The Heinz History … [Read more...]

Ghost N’At & Haunted Pittsburgh Tours

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Jim Krenn RAW is a video podcast by Jim Krenn.  In this video series is a kind of behind the scenes look at what happens in Pittsburgh when Jim isn't on the radio.  If you are new to Pittsburgh - these videos are a great way to learn about some of the things that are staples here in Pittsburgh.  Start with this episode on the Primanti Brother's sandwich.  Just in time for Halloween  Jim Krenn checks out one of the Haunted Pittsburgh Tours. Sean Collier has been running Haunted … [Read more...]