Upcoming Events

All evening programs are open to the public and held at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, and begin at 7:30 pm.

Due to COVID-19, our live programs at the Church of Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, have been temporarily suspended until January 2022. Our October through December programs will be held on Zoom.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for future speakers or topics to put on our agenda, please email us at sqhillhist@shhsoc.org.

2021
December 14, 2021 (Tuesday)
“Reflections on Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture”
Speaker: Bill Walter, retired eighth-grade social studies and history teacher who taught at Community Day School (CDS) for 23 years
Bill Walter will talk about his role in creating the Gary and Nancy Tuckfelt Keeping Tabs: A Holocaust Sculpture on the CDS campus. Borrowing an idea from a school in Illinois, he spearheaded students’ efforts to collect 6 million pop-can tabs to represent Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust. Students collected tabs over an 18-year period (1995-2013) at block parties, weddings, churches, synagogues, and beauty salons, surrounding school districts, and people worldwide.  They counted the tabs before placing them in 150 glass aquarium tanks stacked from floor to ceiling in Bill’s classroom. In 2013, through the efforts of Elena Hiatt Houlihan, an artist-in-residence with the Pennsylvania Arts Council, and Alan Dunn, a local architect, the 6 million pop-can tabs were given a permanent place in a Star of David-shaped sculpture made of 960 glass blocks and assembled into a 9-foot-high sculpture, displayed in a park setting on the CDS campus on Forward Avenue at the intersection of Beechwood Boulevard.

2022
January 11, 2022 (Tuesday)
“Welcome in the New Year”
If all goes well, the SHHS will welcome in the New Year with a live gathering at Church of the Redeemer. SHHS Vice-President Helen Wilson will give a short presentation about how Squirrel Hill celebrated the occasion through the years, and maybe we’ll have a Squirrel Hill trivia contest with fun prizes. Light refreshments will be served.

February 8, 2022 (Tuesday)
“The Chinese Laundrymen of Squirrel Hill”
Homestead Jewish historian Tammy Hepps, homesteadhebrews.com, will discuss the traumatic dispersion of Chinese laborers after the transcontinental railroad was built, examining their lives as laundreymen in context the microcosm of Squirrel Hill and Homestead.

March 8, 2022 (Tuesday)
“Perseverance: One Holocaust Survivor’s Journey”
Lee Goldman Kikel, author of Perseverance: One Holocaust Survivor’s Journey, will discuss her book, which one reviewer described as “the testimony of a Holocaust survivor and his daughter to one man’s oruney and spirit.”

April 12, 2022 (Tuesday)
“The Characters of Allderdice”
Roz Sherman;
SHHS member and retired Allderdice teacher, will give a lively presentation about the characters she encountered at legendary Taylor Allderdice High School.

 

 

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