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Merrick Gallery
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Edward Dempster Merrick was born of a certain time and circumstance. The time was the mid-1800s and the circumstance was a successful family business.

After serving in the Civil War and exploring the still-wild West, Dempster (as future generations affectionately called him) did what was expected. He returned home to New Brighton, and joined his brothers, Charles, Frederick, and Franklin, in running the...
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The quiet of Old Economy Village is interrupted by the rush of nearby 21st-century traffic. The buildings stand full of everyday objects, as if the occupants might yet return. The clock on the church steeple shows no minute hand. Minutes, after all, seemed insignificant when the promise of Heaven on Earth was so near.

Old Economy exists today much as it did back in 1824. Founded by the Harmony...
Alle-Kiski
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Would you believe that China is only an hour away from Pittsburgh? Hidden in Butler City is the Maridon Museum, built by Mary Hulton Phillips to display her priceless collection of Asian art.

The Maridon’s first two galleries offer a study in contrasts: ancient jade and ivory sculptures (some up to 4 feet tall!), silk wall-hangings of Chinese landscapes painted in the mid-17th century, and...
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Exterior of Mount St. Peter's
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There is a presence in Mount Saint Peter Roman Catholic Church. That’s not surprising — after all, churches are built on spiritual foundations that reach beyond the here and now. With a wide-open sanctuary that allows plenty of room for prayerful reflection, Mt. St. Peter is no exception to that rule. But there’s another presence felt in this New Kensington church, one grounded in earthly trappings.

As...
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There is a tone of familiarity in Mary Beth Trout’s voice as she tells the story of environmentalist Rachel Carson’s childhood.

Leading a tour through the family’s home in Springdale, Trout talks about Rachel, the little girl born in 1907 who could see the Allegheny River from her bedroom window; Rachel, the pre-teen whose article about her brother’s experiences in World War I was pub-lished in a...
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If the walls and tunnels of the Tour-Ed Mine could talk, they would tell stories that date back more than 150 years. They would remember the miners who came armed with nothing more than candles on their helmets and picks in their hands. They would remember generation after generation of fathers and sons who labored inside the long horizontal shafts. They would remember so we wouldn’t forget.

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