2020

September
“DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh”
Speaker: Bonnie Baxter – Founder/Executive Director – DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh
In a live Zoom program at our regularly scheduled meeting time of Tuesday, September 8 at 7:30p.m., Bonnie will give a presentation discussing how and why she opened DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh and what this year’s event will be like.

Excerpt from DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh website
“As a non-profit (501c3), DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh believes that everyone should be able to see and experience the beauty in our city.  Pittsburghers come together with hundreds of volunteers to open dozens of buildings to hear the stories they tell us about our past, present, and future.“

August
SHHS Champion Tree Project  
Squirrel Hill has some huge trees. We’ve found some really BIG ones, measured them, and put the results in the August and September SHHS Newsletters. Can you top them? Measure the circumference of your favorite big tree at the height of 54 inches and send us the data.

July
Our July 14 program, “The Pittsburgh Pirates go to the Movies,” presented by Ron Backer, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.  It has been replaced by the following online program.

Date: Ongoing until further notice
“Taming the Automobile: Pittsburgh’s Boulevard of the Allies.”
Speaker: Justing Greenawalt, East Liberty Valley Historical Society (ELVHA) president and SHHS member.
Note: This video can be viewed at any time during July and can be viewed at your convenience.  Definitely take the time to view it!

June
(CANCELLED)
“Carrie Furnace”
The June Program has been replaced with the SHHS House History Project.

“House History Project Do you have an interesting story about your house? Would you like to find out more about its history? The SHHS is asking both members and nonmembers to submit stories about their Squirrel Hill houses and provides sources to help in their research. The project is ongoing with no deadline. For more information, see the HOUSE HISTORY PROJECT link in the main SHHS menu. Check it out to see the unusual stories submitted by others, then submit your own!

May
(CANCELLED)
“100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die”
Rossilynne Skena Culgan is the author of 100 Things to Do in Pittsburgh Before You Die, a book that promises to become your local “bucket list” and to provide new ideas for your next visitors. Culgan is Food and Culture Editor for The Incline (TheIncline.com), a Pittsburgh news website.

April
(CANCELLED)
“Homewood Cemetery and Smithfield East End Cemetery”
Jennie Benford, Director of Programming at The Homewood Cemetery Historical Fund, has spent almost two decades as an archivist, historian, and docent leading people through the most fascinating details of The Homewood Cemetery’s occupants and their current repositories.

March
“The Convoluted History of Squirrel Hill’s Roads”
Speaker: Helen Wilson, Vice-President of SHHS
Squirrel Hill has more than 200 streets, roads, avenues, places, courts, ways, lanes, bridges, and even a boulevard and interstate highway and tunnel. Some are so old they started out as Indian trails.

February
“The Art Collecting of Pittsburgh’s Gilded-Age Titans”
Speaker: Elizabeth Roark, Professor of Art History, Chatham University
This talk examines the collecting practices of Pittsburgh’s industrial age’s “big three”: Carnegie, Frick, and Mellon, and the impact it had had on the city (and beyond).

January
“Homestead and Squirrel Hill”
Speaker: Tammy Hepps, Founder of HomesteadHebrews.com
This talk will explore the surprisingly symbiotic relationship between the communities of Homestead and Squirrel Hill that began in the 1890s and continues to the present day.

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