Last updated: October 19,2016
Events are held on the second Tuesday of each month,
FREE at 7:30 p.m.,
The Church of the Redeemer,
located at 5700 Forbes Avenue
If you have any suggestions or ideas for speakers or topics to put on our agenda, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 8, 2016 (Tuesday)
Special Lecture: "The Story of St. Francis of Assisi"
Speaker: MICHAEL FOLEY, Rector
Church of the Redeemer (our church)
Rev. Foley will share his recent visit to Assisi, Italy and information on St. Francis.
St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis has taken his name, captures the spirit of many Catholics because church history regards him as the pre-eminent figure passionate about imitating Christ's life.
He is known also as a patron saint of Italy, the founder of the Franciscan order of the Friars Minor, an admirer of nature and a servant to poor and destitute. The brown robe of the Franciscans is iconic.
"Who doesn't know Francis of Assisi, who abandoned everything from wealth and prestige and who became poor himself," Vatican deputy spokesman the Rev. Thomas Rosica said, explaining how the saint inspired Pope Francis' name.
"Francis of Assisi is a great, great figure in the church but known especially for connecting with fellow Christians and many people outside the Christian family," Rosica said.
For more information on history of Church of the Redeemer visit Church of the Redeemer website
December 13, 2016 (Tuesday)
"Pittsburgh Holocaust Center"
Speaker: LAUREN BAIRNSFATHER, PhD., Director
Website:Pittsburgh Holocaust Center.
In 2015, Lauren Apter Bairnsfather was appointed director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, an affiliate organization of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.
Bairnsfather oversees a staff of five. The center, established in 1981, relocated to new space at Squirrel Hill Plaza, 826 Hazelwood Ave., in Pittsburgh’s East End where it will offer exhibits and education programs. The grand opening occurred on Oct. 18, 2015.
A McKeesport native, Bairnsfather’s career spans working at the photo archives office of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Spertus Museum in Chicago and Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation in Dallas. She most recently worked in the dean’s office at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, where she had earned her undergraduate degree and as well as her Ph.D. in history. She also earned a master’s degree in social sciences at the University of Chicago.
January 10, 2017 (Tuesday)
"The Map in the Image -- A 50 Year Effort to Combine Pictures and Maps"
Speaker: DOUG COOPER, Andrew Mellon Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
About Doug Cooper from CMU Website: CMU Mural .
Combining story, history and memory into panoramic murals has become the theme of Doug Cooper's work. He typically works with local residents and incorporates their lives into the works. He developed his first mural, now at Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center, with a Pittsburgh senior center (1992). In 1994 he completed another with elderly for the Philadelphia Courthouse. The 200 ft-long mural for Carnegie Mellon Center (1996) shows the campus and Pittsburgh in three time periods. The mural series for Seattle's King County Courthouse (2005) depicts the geography, history and land-use patterns of that region. On two occasions, Cooper has used mural projects as vehicles for foreign language instruction. In 1996, assisted by CMU students, a German professor and Frankfurt elderly, he created a 9m x 6m mural for Frankfurt's central market. A similar process was used for the University of Rome mural (2005).
Cooper's recent murals have used the constraints and opportunities of the architectural setting as a source of content. The height, sight lines and circulation in lobbies at corporate headquarters Mascaro (1999) and Michael Baker (2003) and the University of California San Francisco were used as opportunities to depict the histories and aspirations of each institution. The 200 foot-long University of Rome mural in Esquilino (2005) uses ventilator grates as an element to transform a lecture hall into a piazza filled with people enacting the history of the district.
Cooper has authored two books on drawing: Steel Shadows (University of Pittsburgh) and Drawing and Perceiving (Wiley).
February 14, 2017 (Tuesday)
"Examining the History of Squirrel Hill through its Buildings: How to Research the History of Your Own Building"
Speaker: KELLEY STROUP, Founder of House History
Using maps and other historical documents to track the history of development in Squirrel Hill lends both historical and local context to the vibrant community we all appreciate today. Development patterns, building materials and historical records of residency provide an insight into Squirrel Hill's history that is not only intriguing but also deeply personal. Gain insight into your community while learning how to get get started with your own architectural research.
About the speaker:
Kelly Stroup holds a BA in historic preservation from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA., as well as an MFA in architectural history and MA in historic preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. As founder of "House/Story", she parlays her love of historical research and synthesis into the creation of house histories focused on telling the inseparable stories of buildings and their builders, owners, and inhabitants.
March 14, 2017 (Tuesday)
"The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh"
Speaker: JO ELLEN PARKER, President of the Carnegie Museums
Carnegie Museums website
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.28 million people annually through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.
About the Speaker from Press Releases:
In August 2014, Jo Ellen Parker arrived in Pittsburgh and became the 10th president of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the first woman to lead the nonprofit consortium.
A Midwesterner from Olathe, Kan., outside of Kansas City, the 61-year-old academic was previously president of Sweet Briar College, a private school for women in central Virginia.
Jo Ellen Parker, the first woman to serve as president and chief executive officer of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, said the city was a big reason she’s leaving Virginia, where she is president of Sweet Briar College.
“Frankly, one of the many attractions of this position was the chance to come to Pittsburgh,” the 59-year-old said Tuesday shortly before she was hired at a meeting of Carnegie Institute trustees.
The city’s vibrant cultural offerings, diverse neighborhoods, large urban parks and wide variety of restaurants impressed her and her husband, Richard G. Manasa, a native of Detroit.
April 4, 2017 (Tuesday)
Date has been changed -- April 11 is the observance of Passover, therefore, we will hold our meeting on April 4.
"Congregation Beth Shalom, Celebrating 100 Years"
Speaker: HONEY FORMAN, Centennial Coordinator, Beth Shalom
May 9, 2017 (Tuesday)
"Community Day School: Preserving Tradition, Securing the Future"
Speaker: AVI BARAN MUNRO, Head of the School
Jewish Community Day School website
Community Day School is a nurturing, academically excellent Jewish day school for the 21st century. From Early Childhood through Middle School, we inspire our students to love learning through innovative teaching methods and hands-on discovery. CDS is a welcoming community where Pittsburgh families who span the spectrum of Jewish belief and practice can learn and connect along with their children. As our students grow in knowledge from preschool through 8th Grade, they grow as people — finding their passions, embracing their Jewish identities, and preparing for successful and meaningful lives.
About the speaker --
Prior to becoming CDS Head of School in 2004, Avi Baran Munro spent six years as Curriculum Coordinator and Head of Lower School at Community Day School and 10 years teaching and supervising student-teachers at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. At Pittsburgh’s Jewish Education Institute, she coordinated and offered professional development for Pittsburgh’s Jewish educators.
Avi Munro is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the University of California, San Diego. She also holds Pennsylvania state certification in Secondary English.
As a graduate of the very first Solomon Schechter Day School and parent of four Community Day School graduates, she is deeply committed to high quality, Jewish day school education.
June 3, 2017 (Saturday)
Tour of "Schenley Park" held in conjunction with the
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Details will be provided later.
TOUR TIME: 9:45 am to Noon
COST: $ 5 for Members, $8 for Non-Members
Maximum group size limited to 25
STARTING LOCATION: TBA
Reservation Form will be provided at later date.
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Situated in the heart of Oakland, Schenley Park has come to be Pittsburgh’s civic park. Created in 1889 with land donated by heiress Mary Schenley, the park now contains 456 acres of trails, woods, and attractions.
From wickipedia Schenley Park
Schenley Park features a grand entrance, Schenley Plaza, and several miles of hiking trails and a large lake in Panther Hollow. Across from the Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is Flagstaff Hill, a popular place to watch outdoor movies in the summer.
In the early days of Schenley Park, the area known as "The Oval" was used for horse racing. Today, it has 13 tennis courts, an all weather running track, and a soccer field. There is also an ice skating rink, public swimming pool, and an 18-hole disc golf course nearby.
Schenley Park also contains the Schenley Park Golf Course. The golf course includes an indoor practice facility where golfers can play a "virtual" round on Pebble Beach and other famous courses.
June 13, 2017 (Tuesday)
“History of Giant Eagle”
Speaker: Josh Shapira,
Member of One of the Giant Eagle Founding Families
Manager, City of Pittsburgh Stores
See History of Giant Eagle on their website for more information.
Following from Wikipedia.
After World War I, three Pittsburgh-area families--the Goldsteins, Porters, and Chaits--built a grocery chain called Eagle Grocery. In 1928, Eagle, now 125 stores strong, merged withKroger Company. The three families agreed to stay out of the grocery business for at least three years.
Meanwhile, the Moravitz and Weizenbaum families built their own successful chain of grocery stores named OK Grocery. In 1931, OK Grocery merged with Eagle Grocery to form Giant Eagle, which was incorporated two years later. Giant Eagle quickly expanded across western Pennsylvania, weathering the Great Depression and World War II.
July 11, 2017 (Tuesday)
August, 2017 (Tuesday)
"NO MEETING - Enjoy the Summer"
September 12, 2017 (Tuesday)
"KDKA and the History of Radio"
Speaker: Michael Young, Senior Vice President and Pittsburgh Market Manager, KDKA Radio.
From: Explore PA History
RADIO STATION KDKA Marker -- Marker Location:
KDKA Headquarters, 1 Gateway Center, Pittsburgh
"World's First commercial station began operating November 2, 1920, when KDKA reported Harding Cox election returns from a makeshift studio at the East Pittsburgh Works of Westinghouse. Music, sports, talks, and special events were soon being regularly aired."
"On the afternoon of Friday, August 5, 1921, Harold Arlin sat down in a box seat behind home plate to watch the Pirates defeat the Phillies, 8-5. He wasn't there just to watch, though; he was also there to tell fans beyond the ballpark what he was seeing. When he opened his mouth to speak into the telephone he was holding, Arlin changed the way Americans would enjoy baseball, and indeed, every other sport, forever."
About the Speaker: Michael Young -- from KDKA Radio website
Michael Young currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Pittsburgh Market Manager for CBS Radio Pittsburgh, where he oversees all facets of the four CBS Pittsburgh radio stations; News Radio 1020 KDKA, KDKA-FM/Sports Radio 93-7 The Fan, WBZZ-FM/100.7 Star, & WDSY-FM/Y-108.
Young has spent his entire professional career (nearly 33 years) in radio, and has been with CBS for over 28 years. He joined CBS in 1985, where he was a part of CBS Radio Representatives in New York City, the company’s in-house national sales firm. Young held various sales and sales management positions at CBS Radio Representative before he moved to the CBS Radio Network as Eastern Sales Manager.
In 1996, CBS moved Young to Pittsburgh where he has spent the past 17 years; first serving as General Sales Manager for KDKA-AM, then Vice-President & General Manager of KDKA-AM, and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President & Pittsburgh Market Manager for all of CBS Radio’s Pittsburgh properties and operations.
Prior to joining CBS, Young worked in sales as an Account Executive at two radio stations (WGRQ-FM & WKBW-AM) in Buffalo/New York.
Young is a native of Western Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in Bradford, and attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in communications media and worked at the University’s radio station (WIUP-FM).
Young, his wife Barbara, and three sons reside in Pine Township, north of Pittsburgh.
October 10, 2017 (Tuesday)
"Homestead Steel Strike" by Frick Art & Historical Center"
A seminal event of the era, the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892 changed the face of labor for decades. Examine the events and the players in this drama of American industrial history: Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie and the union laborers of the Carnegie Steel Company.
See more information on Frick Art & Historical Center website.
The Frick Art and Historical Center is a fascinating complex of museums and historical buildings located on over five acres of lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh's residential East End. The Center is devoted to the interpretation of the life and times of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick. Exhibitions of fine and decorative art are also presented at the Center.
Visitors will enjoy the Frick Art Museum; the Car and Carriage Museum; Clayton, the restored 19th-Century Victorian home of Henry Clay Frick; the Cafe at the Frick; the Greenhouse; and the Visitors' Center which once served as the Frick children's playhouse.
.....from VISIT PITTSBURGH website.
November 14, 2017 (Tuesday)
"History of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust"
Speaker: J. Kevin McMahon,
President and CEO The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
From: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website:
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has helped to transform a downtrodden section of Downtown into a world-class Cultural District that stands as a national model of urban revitalization through the arts. Touring Broadway, contemporary dance, family events, education and community engagement programs, and cutting-edge visual arts are among the variety of arts and entertainment the Trust presents and exhibits. Hundreds of artists, thousands of students, and millions of people expand their horizons in our theaters, galleries, and public art environments.
For over three decades, the Trust has led the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District by:
•presenting high-quality performing arts events and visual arts exhibitions
•providing comprehensive education and community engagement opportunities
•supporting and collaborating with Cultural District resident companies and hundreds of local arts organizations and artists
•maintaining superior venues for resident companies, community organizations and promoters
•attracting 2 million people to the Cultural District annually to over 2000 annual events and activities
•managing over 1 million square feet of real estate
•creating and curating public art parks and gallery spaces
•and by cultivating the city’s largest arts neighborhood
Lauded as “the single greatest creative force in Pittsburgh because of its spirit of reinvention” by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Trust is the catalyst behind Pittsburgh’s thriving Cultural District that continues to enrich the region’s vibrancy and prosperity.
December 12, 2017 (Tuesday)
"Pittsburgh Refugees, Rescuers, and Responses"
Barbara Burstin, SHHS Member and faculty member of both Pitt and CMU
and Michael Ehrmann, SHHS President
About Dr. Burstin:
SHHS member Barbara Burstin, Ph.D., is the author of a new book that will be of great interest to many Squirrel Hill residents: Jewish Pittsburgh, part of the Images of America series produced by Arcadia Press. The book contains more than 200 vintage photos, some of which have never been published before. Through these pictures and accompanying text and captions, Dr. Burstin chronicles the development of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community from the 1840s to the present. Chapters include “Who are the Jews?,” “Destination Pittsburgh,” “Making a Living,“ Community Institutions,” “Jews in Social Justice, Civic Reform, Politics and Education,” “Jews in America’s Wars,” “The Struggle for Israel,” and “Jews in the Arts, Medicine, and Sports.” The book highlights noted Jews who have made significant contributions to both the Jewish and general Pittsburgh community, ranging from Rabbi Aaron Ashinsky to Myron Cope.
Dr. Burstin teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, including Osher classes. Her courses deal with the American Jewish experience, the U.S. and the Holocaust, and now a new course on the history of Pittsburgh. In addition to Jewish Pittsburgh, Dr. Burstin is the author of Steel City Jews, a history of Pittsburgh and its Jewish community from 1840 to 1915, and its sequel, Steel City Jews in Prosperity, Depression and War, to be published late in 2015, which looks at the community in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. She has also produced a film, A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh.
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