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November 8, 2022
Generous and powerful philanthropists, the Kaufmanns left an indelible mark on the city and Western Pennsylvania. Starting with the four brothers in the 1870s and the creation of a “business palace” in downtown Pittsburgh – to the famous residence called Fallingwater – to a foundation that built Pittsburgh cultural and community institutions, the Kaufmann family was one of the greatest royal families in Western Pennsylvania. Far less known are the personal tragedies and fateful ambitions that forever shaped the family, their business, and the place they called home. A new book pulls back the curtain to reveal the hardships, triumphs, and complicated legacy of the prominent family behind its success.
Marilynne Pitz is an award-winning journalist covering art, architecture, books and history. She has one five Golden Quills, and Inland Press Association award for investigative reporting and a Matrix Award. She was a receipient of the Pulitzer Prize with a journalist team in 2018 for her coverage of Tree of Life shooting.
Laura Malt Schneiderman is a journalist and web developer in Pittsburgh. She has won seven Golden Quills and won the Scripps Howard Edward J. Meeman Awared as part of a team of journalists in 2011.
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