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In the summer of 1930, a handful of Pittsburgh gambling racketeers went into the dog racing business. They financed and opened a greyhound racing track near the intersection of Freeport and Fox Chapel roads. Lawsuits and criminal investigations kept the Guyasuta Kennel Club in the headlines for six weeks. The track closed permanently and left in its wake political controversy that contributed to the founding of Fox Chapel Borough.

On Wednesday, May 13, the Rauh Jewish Archives will host an illustrated online program about the Guyasuta Kennel Club by public historian and preservation expert David Rotenstein. He’ll introduce participants to some of Pittsburgh’s most influential Jewish racketeers and gamblers and the lasting mark they left on Pittsburgh’s history.

This program is free and will be conducted via the Zoom platform. To register, please contact mobsburgh@gmail.com.

To learn more about David Rotenstein and his research into the world of organized crime in Pittsburgh, visit his blog Mobsburgh.

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Guyasuta Gangsters

Wednesday, May 13 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives