Last updated: July 30, 2015
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 email@example.com.
AUGUST -- No Meeting, have a nice summer !!
AUGUST 8, 2015 (Saturday) -- Special Tour
Tour of Braddock's Battlefield History Center
There is limited space, so please call Mike Ehrmann at 412-417-3707 to hold a spot.
Time: 11 am
Cost: $5/person (paid at the Museum)
Location: 609 Sixth Street, North Braddock, PA
Directions: Braddock's Battlefield History Center is located at 609 Sixth Street in North Braddock, Pennsylvania 15104.
It is easily accessed from Ardmore Boulevard (Route 30) in Forest Hills, PA by traveling up Yost Boulevard between the Forest Hills shopping center areas to the top of the hill, then down the other side where the same road is then named Sixth Street .
The History Center is located on the right side, about halfway down the hill and just before an overhead railroad crossing bridge. Parking is available beside the building, which is handicapped accessible.
September 8, 2015 (Tuesday)
"Pittsburgh in World War I: Arsenal of the Allies"
speaker: ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-HERRMAN,
author and College Archivist at La Roche College
From Book: Pittsburgh in World War I: Arsenal of the Allies
When the whole of Europe went to war in 1914, Pittsburgh watched the storm clouds gather at home. Yet Pittsburgh was a city of immigrants--the large Polish community urged leaders to join the side of the Allies, while German immigrants supported the Central powers. By the time the country entered World War I in 1917, Pittsburghers threw their support into the war effort united as Americans. With over 250 mills and factories, the Steel City and Allegheny County produced half of the steel and much of the munitions used by the Allies. Pittsburgh gave more than steel--sixty thousand men went to war, and women flocked to the front lines as nurses. One of the first gas masks on the western front was developed at the Mellon Institute, while the city's large Red Cross provided tireless support on the homefront. Historian Elizabeth Williams traces the remarkable story of Pittsburgh during the Great War.
About the speaker:
Elizabeth is the College Archivist at La Roche College. She earned her Bachelors Degree in history with a minor in marketing from La Roche College in 2007, and her Masters Degree in public history from Duquesne University in 2009. Besides Western Pennsylvania history, areas of interest include twentieth century American history, cultural history, and public history.
October 13, (Tuesday)
"Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition --
History and Current Projects"
Speaker: WAYNE GERHOLD, Treasurer, Sq.Hill Coalition
from the SHUC website
The Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition was founded in 1972. It’s mission, as set forth in the By-Laws is “… to improve the 14th Ward of the City of Pittsburgh through educational and cooperative endeavors of individuals and groups from the area seeking to enhance the physical and social attributes of the community.”
Key milestones in the history of the Coalition cover a range of issues, including but not limited to, Education, Public Safety, Business District Improvements, Land Use, Parks and Recreation, and Long Range Planning.
November 10, 2015 (Tuesday)
"An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman"
Speaker: PAT FARABAUGH,
Assistant Professor of Communications at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA.
About the book: "An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman" "IUP Magazine:
An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman details the life of Stokes, a Saint Francis alumnus and 1950s National Basketball Association star, and the support of Twyman, his teammate and friend. Twyman became Stokes’s legal guardian and worked tirelessly to raise money for his medical bills following an accident in a 1958 NBA game that left Stokes paralyzed and under hospital care until his death in 1970.
The friendship of Stokes, who was African American, and Twyman, who was Caucasian, was especially noteworthy given the racial tensions of the era.
Note of Interest:
When Maurice Stokes was age 8, the family moved from Rankin to nearby Homewood, where he later attended Westinghouse High School.
John Twyman, the son of a steel company foreman, was born in Pittsburgh (Sheraden) and attended Central Catholic High School.
About the Author - Pat Farabaugh
from St. Francis University website:
Pat teaches courses in print and photojournalism, public relations, public speaking and mass communications theory and research. Before joining the communications faculty at Saint Francis, he taught at Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He worked in athletic media relations for 12 years before entering higher education and served as the sports information director at Saint Francis from 1999-2005.
He has written two books - "Carl McIntire's Crusade Against the Fairness Doctrine" (2010) and "An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman" (2014). He has also contributed to "American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols and Ideas" (2013). Pat has served as a peer reviewer for the journal "Critical Studies in Media Communication," and is an active freelance print and broadcast journalist. He has written feature stories and opinion essays for numerous magazines and newspapers and serves as the radio and webstream play-by-play announcer on broadcasts of the Saint Francis football team's games.
When he is not writing, broadcasting or teaching, Pat enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, coaching youth sports, and volunteering. He taught English to students in the Dominican Republic in the spring of 2013 as a member of Saint Francis' Hugs United Education Team. Pat also serves as a trustee at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.
About the author from Amazon website:
Pat Farabaugh is a faculty member in the Communications Department at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. Before entering the teaching profession, he worked in athletic media relations for 12 years. In addition to his work as a teacher and author, he also serves as the play-by-play announcer for the Saint Francis football program. He is currently working on his third book, tentatively titled "Strike Three: The 1977 Johnstown Flood." The book will explore the story of this flood - the third deluge to strike Johnstown, Pennsylvania - and its legacy. He has a stepson and two cats and is waiting patiently for the Pittsburgh Pirates to win another World Series.
December 8, 2015 (Tuesday)
"History of 'Glenn Greene Stained Glass Studio' "
speaker: GLENN GREENE,
Artist and Owner of "Glenn Greene Stained Glass Studio"
from the Glenn Green Art Studio website
"Glenn Greene Stained Glass Studio originally opened its doors in Oakland, a community located in Pittsburgh, PA., and operated there for 12 years. Now located in Regent Square for more than 17 years, Glenn and his unique artwork have become a staple of the neighborhood.
During 35 years in the business, Glenn Greene has accomplished thousands of custom installations and art pieces for residential, institutional and commercial — as well as liturgical — environments. Through decades of working from a rich palette of styles, Glenn’s original works incorporate a mix oftraditional and non- traditional aesthetics in a startlingly original way."
Read more about this studio and other items published in City Paper, Post-Gazette, etc. on the website.
About the speaker:
This self-described “normal Joe artist” is a native of Cleveland, where he apprenticed with glass masters beginning at age 15. He traveled to Pittsburgh in 1984 to do what he expected to be a two-week restoration job, but was amazed at the amount of stained glass in the city and the number of opportunities he could pursue.
January 12, 2016 (Tuesday)
"150 Years of Beer at Penn Brewery "
speaker: LINDA NYMAN,
Co-Owner of "Penn Brewery"
About the Speaker:
Linda Nyman has been a co-owner and Director of Marketing for Penn Brewery since 2009. She has worked in marketing, brand management, and consumer promotions for over twenty years and held positions with HJ Heinz Company, Sara Lee Corporation, and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare prior to acquiring Penn Brewery with her two business partners. During her career she has worked on such well-known brands as Aquafresh toothpaste, Kiwi Shoe Polish, and Weight Watchers food products. A native of Pittsburgh, Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marhsall College and an MBA from University of Chicago.
From Website: Penn Brewery website
“Although the modern-day Penn Brewery was started in 1986, our roots actually lie far back in 1848, with the Eberhart and Ober families, Germans who settled in the Deutschtown neighborhood in the City of Allegheny, now Pittsburgh’s NorthSide. Eberhart and Ober opened three breweries on the site where Penn exists today, and three of the original E&O brewery buildings remain. These buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boast many unique architectural features. Perhaps the most notable of these is a labyrinth of stone caves and tunnels which was constructed to chill, or “lager,” barrels of beer in the days before refrigeration became commonplace. Penn is one of just a handful of remaining US breweries that still has lagering caves.
E&O brewed beer at this location for several decades and eventually merged with a number of other regional breweries to become part of Pittsburgh Brewing Company in 1899. Beer production continued until 1952, under such labels as E&O Pilsner and Dutch Club………..” read more at the pennbrew website.
February 9, 2016 (Tuesday)
"History of the City Theater:
40 Years of New Plays in Pittsburgh"
speakers: Tracy Brigden, Reginald L. Douglas, and Clare Drobot
from CITY THEATER website
Founded in 1975, City Theatre began as the City Players, a touring company that performed in schools, parks, and housing projects. By the end of the decade, the City Players were offered residency at the University of Pittsburgh, and, with an official home, City Theatre was born. read more at their website.
Tracy Brigden (Artistic Director): The 2015-2016 season will mark Tracy’s fifteenth year as City Theatre’s Artistic Director. Most recently at City Theatre, she directed Midsummer by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre and Elemeno Pea by Molly Smith Metzler. Past City Theatre directing credits include the world premiere of Hope and Gravity, the American premiere of The Monster in the Hall, the world premiere of Louder Faster, and productions of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,Abigail/1702, Seminar, Time Stands Still, Precious Little, The 39 Steps, Shooting Star, The Clockmaker, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Other City Theatre directing credits include the premieres of plays by Christopher Durang, Adam Rapp, Keith Reddin, Eve Ensler, and Helen Edmondson, among others. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Tracy was Associate Artistic Director of Hartford Stage in Connecticut and Artistic Associate for Manhattan Theatre Club. Other directing credits include productions at both regional and New York theatres, including Atlantic Theater Company, TheatreWorks Palo Alto, Westport Playhouse, the Hangar, CATF, and Pittsburgh Public Theater. Awards and honors include Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40″ and the Connecticut Critics Circle Award for Best Production and Best Director.
Reginald L. Douglas is the Artistic Producer of the City Theatre Company, and a director with a passion for new play development. Reginald has worked extensively throughout the country at venues including the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the Playwrights Center, McCarter Theatre, Luna Stage, the Wild Project, Pershing Square Signature Center, Drama League, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Culture Project, Theater Row, BRIC Arts Media, DR2, Soho Playhouse, Billie Holiday Theatre, Horse Trade, Baruch College, and many others. Reginald has developed and directed plays by many acclaimed writers including Jerome Fellow Josh Wilder, Obie Award-winner Nikkole Salter, Laura Brienza, Amy Evans, Angelica Chéri, James MacLindon, Natalia Naman, Bil Wright, and several others. In addition, Reginald has received fellowships from New York Theater Workshop and the Lark Play Development Center; is a member of the Actors Studio’s Playwrights and Directors Unit; and has assistant directed for several leading players in the field on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally. His work has been hailed by The New York Times, The Village Voice, Talkin' Broadway, Stage Buddy, and other leading publications, and his production of Master Harold…and the boys was named one of the Top 10 shows of 2014 by The Star Ledger.
Clare Drobot (Director of New Play Development): Clare has worked in theater as a dramaturg, literary manager, and casting associate since 2005. Prior to joining City Theatre she was the resident dramaturg/producing associate at Premiere Stages, the professional theatre in residence at Kean University. Clare was also a literary associate for Passage Theatre in Trenton and ran the reading series Untitled at Happy Ending in New York. Clare has worked in various capacities at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The McCarter Theatre, The BE Company, Two River Theater, Theater for the New City, Laura Stanczyk Casting, and New Dramatists. She has helped to develop works by Dominique Morisseau, James McManus, Chisa Hutchinson, Tammy Ryan, Kathryn Grant, Tom Matthew Wolfe, Erik Gernand, and Darren Canady among others. She is a Carnegie Mellon graduate and a member of LMDA and the WGA.
March 8, 2016 (Tuesday)
Getting to Know Our Neighbors: "Shootin' the Breeze: A Neighborhood Evolution and Pictorial Process of Pittsburgh's Point Breeze"
speaker: SARAH LAW, Author, fellow Breezer, and SHHS Member
Shootin' the Breeze: A Neighborhood Evolution and Pictorial Process of Pittsburgh's Point Breeze
Join author, fellow Breezer, and SHHS member, Sarah Law on a Point Breeze journey from General George Washington and "The Great Road to the West" to the electricity of Pittsburgh's Gilded Age. Discover the five Point Breeze authors of the 20th century and return to Bakery Square - steps from the now infamous Point Breeze Hotel.
About Pittsburgh's Point Breeze:
Named for the famous early-19th-century Point Breeze Hotel that stood at the corner of what is now Fifth and Penn Avenues, Point Breeze has been home to some of the wealthiest families in Pittsburgh and the country. Moguls such as Carnegie, Westinghouse, Frick, Mellon, and Thaw all resided in Point Breeze, thus christened “Pittsburgh’s Most Opulent Neighborhood.” H.J. Heinz owned the first car in Pittsburgh, which was garaged at his estate in North Point Breeze, and present-day Wilkins Avenue was originally the private road to the 650-acre estate of senator, ambassador to Russia, and judge William Wilkins. However, many of these prestigious estates were later razed and divided to become smaller residential lots, driving the real estate market to create more homes to accommodate 20th-century families. In later years, the Point Breeze neighborhood became the home of several well-known authors, including Annie Dillard, Albert French, and David McCullough, as well as professional athletes Willie Stargell of the Pirates and L.C. Greenwood of the Steelers and everyone’s favorite neighbor, Mr. Rogers.
Sarah L. Law has been a Point Breeze resident for over a decade. A member of the Frick Art & Historical Center and an alumna of Carnegie Mellon University, she is indebted to the vast archival collections, personal interviews, and cherished individual photographs used to compile this heartfelt snapshot of Pittsburgh’s Point Breeze. Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto has also graciously contributed a foreword to the book.
April 12, 2016 (Tuesday)
"White Indians (Captives) on the Western Pennsylvania Frontier"
speaker: ROLAND VENDELAND,
Author, Historical Researcher, and SHHS Member
Join historical researcher, published author, and professional storyteller Roland Vendeland to discover the fates of white settlers forced to live among Native Americans. War and disease depleted populations among 18th century Native Americans who captured frontier white settlers to “adopt” into their families and tribes. Listen to these authentic stories: two white women killing their captors to escape; bare-footed escape into “Fox Chapel;” young white man adopted by the Caughnewagas who became a missionary to Native Americans; Pennsylvania women who chose to live among the Seneca; The Girty's, Squirrel Hill Brothers who fought with Native Americans against whites.
May 10, 2016 (Tuesday)
"The Evolution of Bridges in Pittsburgh"
speaker: TODD WILSON,
Engineer and Author
Todd Wilson, P.E., is a civil engineer whose passion for bridges has spanned his whole life and led him on quests to photograph bridges in all 50 states and four continents. He is especially interested in the history of bridge building in Pittsburgh, with its cast of monumental engineers such as John A. Roebling, Gustav Lindenthal, and George S. Richardson.
In his presentation, Mr. Wilson will talk about the large and diverse collection of bridge types that is a necessity in a city with hilly topography intersected by three mighty rivers—the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio—and deep valleys and ravines. He will explain how engineers, architects, and contractors conquered the challenging terrain and how the resulting bridges were carefully designed not just for function but also for aesthetics, covering the planning, construction, and sometimes, demolition, of bridges that defined Pittsburgh, ranging from its first covered bridges to today’s skyline-defining spans.
About Todd Wilson:
Todd M. Wilson, P.E., is a Project Engineer at Homestead-based GAI Consultants, Inc. He currently serves as a Trustee of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and the History and Heritage Committee Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section.
Growing up in Squirrel Hill, as the son of an art teacher and a photographer, Mr. Wilson has been interested in bridges his whole life. Even in kindergarten at St. Philomena's, he was already drawing and photographing bridges. After graduating as a valedictorian of Taylor Allderdice High School, his love of bridges led him to pursue a degree in civil engineering, graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an additional major in Engineering and Public Policy.
In 2007, he co-created bridgemapper.com , one of the largest bridge websites on the Internet. In 2009, Mr. Wilson founded the Historic Bridge Weekend, an annual event in which historic bridge enthusiasts—engineers, historians, photographers and hobbyists—gather to attend presentations and visit historic bridges. In 2010, Mr. Wilson was named one of the ASCE's Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering. In 2011, Mr. Wilson was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40, and in the same year he received the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Civil Engineering’s Recent Alumnus Achievement Award.
Mr. Wilson is the co-author of an upcoming book, Pittsburgh's Bridges, part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2015.
June 14, 2016 (Tuesday)
"Marketing the Presidency"
speaker: STEVE MIHALY,
Retired Vice-President of the H.J. Heinz Co., and Political Historian
When you hear the word”marketing”, most folks think of it as a relatively modern day term. Using political memorabilia to tell history as it relates to politicians and elections, particularly Presidential elections, candidates have been marketing themselves and their ideas since the beginning of Presidential campaigns. The presentation takes the audience through a visual tour of various artifacts that Presidential candidates or their committees have produced to aid in their election from the late 1800’s through the present day. Specifically, the focuses is on the odd, unusual, or whimsical pieces of campaign memoriabilia. There are approximately 300 items, all of which are from Mr. Mihaly's private collection of approx. 25,000 pieces. Examples of some of the pieces are:
* A mid 1800’s snuff box picturing James Monroe urging citizens to support the Monroe Doctrine
* A small soap baby doll, with a paper tag, asking the child to remind their dad to vote for William McKinley
* A large beer tray, picturing Teddy Roosevelt, advertising a liquor store in Beaver Falls, Pa.
* A pair of nylon stockings embossed on the sides that say “I Like Ike”
* A Richard Nixon caricature shower head, where the water comes gushing from his mouth."
About the Speaker:
Mr. Mihaly has been collecting political memorabilia for over 50 years, and is considered as much a “Political Historian” as a “Political Collector.” As previously stated , the collection encompasses approx. 25,000 different items. Over the years, because of the collection and Mr. Mihaly's interest in political memorabilia, he has been on morning TV talk shows, interviewed on national TV, and been featured in this area by such publications as the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, and Pittsburgh Magazine.
July 12, 2016 -- TBA
AUGUST - No Meeting
September 13, 2016 (Tuesday)
speaker: BARBARA BURSTIN,
SHHS Member and faculty member of both Pitt and CMU
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.
About the Author:
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.
For more information about Pittsburgh’s Jewish history and to order Dr. Burstin’s books online, go to her website:
Pittsburgh Jewish History . com.
October 11, 2016 (Tuesday)
"Historical Overview of Carnegie Mellon University"
Speaker: HOLLY HIPPENSTEEL,
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University
Ms. Hippensteel will present a historical overview of the university from its beginnings to its present-day prominence.
From CMU website
The story of Carnegie Mellon University is unique and remarkable. After its founding in 1900 as the Carnegie Technical Schools, serving the workers and young men and women of the Pittsburgh area, it quickly became the degree-granting Carnegie Institute of Technology (now called College of Engineering) in 1912.
"Carnegie Tech," as it was known, merged with the Mellon Institute to become Carnegie Mellon University in 1967. Carnegie Mellon has since soared to national and international leadership in higher education-and it continues to be known for solving real-world problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation...........read more at the CMU website.
About The Speaker (From CMU website):
Holly currently serves as an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the Office of the Dean. Through this role, Holly stewards cross-functional divisional efforts in the areas of graduate student support, academic integrity, assessment, risk management and functions that guide the strategic planning of the division. She is also a Housefellow for students that live in the graduate student housing pilot in Tartan House as well as the Doherty Apartments community. Additionally, Holly serves as a College Liaison with the College of Engineering (CIT), a role that allows Holly to support specific students and departments within CIT namely INI, BME and all incoming students prior to declaring their major. Holly is also a deputy Title IX coordinator specifically supporting students with questions and/or concerns related to the university policy against sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Holly has been an integral member of the CMU community for thirteen years in a variety of roles. She was born in Chambersburg, PA but grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida before returning to Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in Sociology from La Roche College, her M.A .in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University
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