Last updated: October 11, 2017
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 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 5, 2017 (Tuesday)
This date changed from original Dec. 12 due to scheduling conflict.
"Refugees and Resettlement in Pittsburgh"
Barbara Burstin, SHHS Member and faculty member of both Pitt and CMU
and Michael Ehrmann, SHHS President
This talk will include a personal story of flight by Squirrel Hill Historical Society president Michael Ehrmann and some perspective on resettlement in Pittsburgh by refugees and World War II survivors by historian Barbara Burstin
About Dr. Burstin:
SHHS Member 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, published in 2015, looks at the community in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. She has also produced a film, A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh.
About Michael Ehrmann:
Michael Ehrmann has been President of the SHHS since 2003. He was a real estate appraiser for nearly 30 years before his retirement in 2013. His specialty was historic properties, and he has appraised historical buildings throughout the country. Michael will talk about his family’s experience in fleeing the Nazis from Germany.
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