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Monthly Archive for February, 2010

Midwestern Roots

Although I have never lived in southwestern Pennsylvania myself, I feel very much at home there. Many of these small towns south of Pittsburgh are now bedroom communities for workers that commute to the big city. These towns saw their best days in the early part of the 20th century when the coke and coal [...]

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South Greensburg

I came across an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as I was leaving southwestern Pennsylvania. It caught my eye because South Greensburg is one of the little towns in Westmoreland County that is very much like Whitney. The article is titled Our Towns: South Greensburg and goes on to describe the location and history.
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This past week, I managed to build in a few days’ visit to southwestern Pennsylvania on my travel itinerary. I have family in the region, and I have been wanting to visit the Coal and Coke Heritage Center which is part of the Eberly Campus of the Penn State University extension located in Fayette County, [...]

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The city of Arles in the south of France has long been a place where the Gypsy people have gathered. Serge, the author, invokes images of Gypsies and torredors under a pagan sky through which the sounds of flutes and Spanish tambourines resonate. He describes their yearly pilgrimage to Saints-Marie [...]

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