A History of Pittsburgh’s Chinese Community

Lydia Ott, a doctoral student in occupational therapy at the University of Pittsburgh and producer of the documentary Pittsburgh’s Lost Chinatown, will discuss the origins of Pittsburgh’s Chinese community, the changes the community has undergone through the years, and its contributions to Squirrel Hill and other East End neighborhoods.

Discovering Pittsburgh’s City Seals
Amateur historian Marc Virostek has had an interest in and has been keeping track of Pittsburgh’s art and architecture for many years.

Turner Cemetery History Walk
Turner Cemetery, located at 3424 Beechwood Boulevard, contains the remains of early settlers, military veterans, Native Americans, and people who lived in the area until the early 1900s. This year’s walk featured information about the new tombstones that have appeared in the cemetery over the last year. SHHS Vice-President Helen Wilson and her fellow Turner Cemetery Researcher Mark Pearson was on hand to discuss the graveyard and how it relates to the growth of Squirrel Hill in the early 1800s.

The Allegheny Arsenal Handbook
Lawrenceville historians and SHHS members Tom Powers and Jim Wudarczyk will discuss their book about the Allegheny Arsenal. It has 340 pages of detailed information on the facility, with plenty of maps and photographs.

Squirrel Hill Celebrates the Life and Art of Henry Koerner
Three days of events in October celebrating the life and art of Henry Koerner. All proceeds benefited the Neill Log House Restoration. Click HERE for details.

Overview of Hazelwood’s Past, Present, and Future
JaQuay Carter, Founder and President, Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh will present a program focusing on the history of the former J&L mill site and its connection to Homestead and the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

The Family Clubs of Squirrel Hill
Eric Lidji, director of the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center, has been researching the family clubs that were a defining and unique feature of the Ashkenazi Jewish experience in the United States in the 20th century.

Report on the Restoration Effort of the Neill Log House
Tony Indovina, president of the Friends of Neill Log House, and others will report on the history and progress being made on restoring Pittsburgh’s oldest domestic structure to preserve it for future generations.

Neighborhoods of the Alle-Kiski Valley
George Guido, author of Neighborhoods of the Alle-Kiski Valley: 30 Communities Full of Unique History, will talk about the rich history of 30 Alle-Kiski Valley neighborhoods, some dating back to the time when the rivers were the main mode of transportation.

The Characters of Allderdice
Speaker: Roz Sherman, SHHS member and retired Allderdice teacher will give a lively presentation about the characters she encountered at legendary Taylor Allderdice High School. 

Perseverance: One Holocaust Survivor’s Journey
Lee Goldman Kikel, author of Perseverance: One Holocaust Survivor’s Journey.

The Chinese Laundrymen of Homestead and Squirrel Hill
Speaker: Tammy Hepps, homesteadhebrews.com, Homestead Jewish historian

Welcome in the New Year
Speaker: Helen Wilson, SHHS Vice-President
The SHHS will welcome in the New Year with a Zoom presentation by Helen Wilson, SHHS Vice-President, who will take a look at the activities and projects undertaken by the SHHS over the years and some that are taking place currently.

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