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Streetcar Days in Squirrel Hill
Speaker: George Gula, Port Authority (Retired), and Western Pa. Trolley Museum
From the 1890’s through1967, Squirrel Hill was served by an efficient streetcar system that connected that community not only to downtown and nearby Oakland, but also to communities and neighborhoods as diverse as East Liberty, Homestead, Duquesne, McKeesport, Wilkinsburg, Swissvale, Rankin, Braddock and East Pittsburgh. From horsecars to the streamliners that travel the “T” today, we’ll learn about Pittsburgh transit history and how the streetcars of Squirrel Hill fit into it.
Allegheny Cemetery’s Grandest Angel: The HK Porter Monument, Italian Sculpture, and Art Collecting in Pittsburgh
Speaker: Dr. Elisabeth Roark, Associate Professor of Art History, Chatham University
Incorporated in 1844, the Allegheny Cemetery is the sixth oldest rural cemetery in America and has expanded over the years to now encompass 300 acres.
Historical Memory and Patriotism: Bouquet, the Injun Girtys and two Grants (James and Ulysses)
Speaker: Charles McCollester, Pittsburgh Historian
In 2013 Dr. McCollester spoke to the SHHS on “The Fall and Rise of Pittsburgh Labor”, he now returns to speak to our group about “History of Simon Girty”.
From Post-Gazette May 2017
……this fall, a state historical marker will be erected for Simon Girty in Squirrel Hill. Captured by the Indians as a boy, Girty left American service at Fort Pitt in 1778 and crossed over to the British because he saw them as less of an existential threat to native people’s survival than the land-hungry American colonists. History is complex.
Squirrel Hill Then & Now II
Speaker: Helen Wilson, SHHS Co-Vice President
As Helen Wilson and her fellow researchers continue to study SquirrelHill’s history, they find connections to the past that can be illustrated by comparing old and new images, some from the recently digitized copies of the Squirrel Hill News and other newspapers. The comparisons show not only how Squirrel Hill changed over time, but also why the changes took place.