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The Strange Tale of Liberace, Pittsburgh, and St. Francis Hospital

It’s a bizarre story that has ties to both Monroeville as well as Lawrenceville’s former St. Francis Hospital. The story starts on November 23, 1963 when legendary pianist and entertainer Liberace was planning on performing a show at the now-gone Holiday House supper club in Monroeville.  The morning of November 23, Liberace felt that he …

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Burke Glen: Monroeville’s Defunct Amusement Park

I have a special interest in amusement parks, particularly ones that no longer exist or those that feature vintage rides. From the late 19th century until the 1950s, there were almost two dozen amusement parks of varying sizes located throughout the Pittsburgh area. One of these was the Burke Glen Park in Monroeville.  Located alongside …

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