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The NAFF Sunday Digest: Fiddlers, the Flood City, and More

Here's a roundup of some intersting things we've found this week.

For the 135th anniversary, WJAC TV in Johnstown has begun a series on the historic Johnstown Flood of 1889.

"In the early 1800’s, advancements in transportation lead to a boom in the industrialization of the country, and, in turn, the personal fortunes of the railroading, iron and steel magnates that owned the respective operations.

As fortunes grew, so did the desire to seek the periodic abandonment of the hustle and bustle of the big cities, which were soiled with the sediment of industry.

In the early 1880’s, their gaze landed upon a tract of land in modern day South Fork.

There, they built an exclusive resort that served the tastes of the privileged class.

It also served as the foundation for what would become one of the largest manmade disasters in American history."

Check out the article and watch a video here.


Back in April, NAFF, Inc. shared the Wikipedia page about "Pittsburghese," the local dialect of Western Pennsylvania. Well something a little nebby must be in the air, because on May 22 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an article in their Health section about a mom in Colorado (Colorado-by-way-of-the-'Burgh) who wrote a children's book called Y Is for Yinz: Learn Your ABCs n'at, which teaches foundational elements of early childhood education with a Pittsburgh twist.

The article goes on to cover the ongoing parental debate as to whether such linguistic oddities should be preserved or eradicated for future generations. Read the whole thing here!


Finally, we are so excited to be offering a Beginner Fiddle Course at the NAFF Center. We just can't get enough of that old time music, and it turns out we're not the only ones - there's a whole Old Time Fiddlers Association with an outpost in Western PA! Check out this great video from their Facebook page and give them a follow.

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