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Youghiogheny
Bags of flour
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Around the turn of the 6th century, a young student of law and philosophy went in search of God. When Benedict of Nursia finally emerged from his solitude, prayer, and penance, he established a monastery near Cassino, Italy. As word of Saint Benedict’s exploits began to grow, so did his following.

Centuries later, one follower was Boniface Wimmer. A monk from the Benedictine Abbey of Metten, Bavaria,...
Youghiogheny
Westoverton
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Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine an icon of industry as a child. That’s because history often brushes over those early years as it rushes to paint a portrait of power.

But everyone starts his or her journey in diapers — even Henry Clay Frick. By the time this coal and coke baron died in 1919, he had amassed a fortune and had earned a reputation as a ruthless businessman. But his story started...
Youghiogheny
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The Westmoreland Museum of American Art presides over Greensburg like a duchess—an elegant, columned building situated on a hill overlooking the city’s main street. Opened in 1959, its focus from the beginning was to collect and exhibit American and southwestern Pennsylvania art. It quickly acquired works by world-renowned American artists such as Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and Winslow Homer. But it is two...
Monongahela
Murray Kline in the foundry.
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When Rices Landing was incorporated as a borough in 1903, its streets were lined with shops, taverns, and trading posts. Its abundant natural resources — clay, sand, coal, and lumber — helped local businesses prosper. Its proximity to the Monongahela River made it an ideal industrial and transportation hub.

More than 100 years later, the stores, coal mines, and lock and dam that once defined this...
Ohio-Beaver
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At the intersection of Mercer and Main streets sits the Harmony Museum, which interprets the history of the Harmony Society and that of the other groups that have made Harmony a National Register Historical District: the Lenape Indians who lived here before the Harmonists arrived; George Washington’s famous journey through the area; and the Mennonites who followed the Harmonists. The Museum’s main room, kitchen and...
Ohio-Beaver
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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