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.

If you have any suggestions or ideas for future speakers or topics to put on our agenda, please email us at historysqhill@hotmail.com.

YEAR 2019
September 10, 2019 (Tuesday)
“Getting To Know Our Neighbors: The History of Hazelwood”
Speaker: JaQuay Edward Carter, Founding President, Greater Hazelwood Historical Society of Pittsburgh

History of Hazelwood (Wikipedia)
In 1758 a large tract of woodland was purchased for $10,000 under the Stanwix Treaty made with the Native-Americans. This area would include Hazelwood and Greenfield of the 15th ward.

Hazelwood takes its name from the hazelnut trees which once flourished along the Monongahela river. The first settlers were of Scottish descent and settled what was known as Scotch Bottom. This area ran from Four Mile Run (lower Greenfield) to Six Mile Ferry, four and six miles (10 km) from the Point (where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers merge) respectively. Among the first settlers was John Woods, a politician who built his ‘Hazel Hill’ estate in 1784. That house still stands, the second oldest stone building in Pittsburgh after The Fort Pitt Blockhouse. Eventually, large farms were cut out of the wooded hills, attracting more residents and supplying the area with further wealth.

October 15, 2019 (Tuesday)
“Prohibition Pittsburgh”
Speaker: Richard Gazarik, Journalist
Richard was a journalist for four decades and the author of four books, Black Valley: The Life and Death of Fannie Sellins; Prohibition Pittsburgh; Wicked Pittsburgh; and the Mayor of Shantytown coming out in November.  He is currently working on books on jazz and McCarthyism.

November 12, 2019 (Tuesday)
“The New Pittsburgh City Archives: Highlights of the Collection”
Speaker:  Nick Hartley, Pittsburgh City Archivist
Nick Hartley is the City Archivist for the City of Pittsburgh. Previously, Mr. Hartley was an archivist at the Library and Archives of the Heinz History Center, where he processed record collections of industrial corporations from Western Pennsylvania. He is a founding Steering Committee Member of the Three Rivers Archivists. He received a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. He holds a Certified Records Manager designation from the Institute of Certified Records Managers and a Certified Archivist designation from the Academy of Certified Archivists.

December 10, 2019 (Tuesday)
“The Irrepressible Sophie Masloff”
Speaker: Barbara Burstin, SHHS Member and on the faculty of CMU and Pitt

About the Speaker:
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 produced a film, A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh. Barbara Burstin has just completed a book on Sophie Masloff, The Mayor from Squirrel Hill, which will be the subject of this talk.

Year 2020

January 14, 2020 (Tuesday)
“Homestead and Squirrel Hill”
Speaker: Tammy Hepps, Founder of HomestadHebrews.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.  Originally linked by long-forgotten urban infrastructure, Homestead and Squirrel Hill have since traded community and commerce for generations.  Everything you think you understand about about Squirrel Hill will look quite different when contextualized within the longer history and strikingly different social fabric of its neighbor to south.

About the Speaker:
Tammy Hepps is a local historian who focuses on topics within American Jewish history, especially small towns and synagogues. Her projects combine research techniques from genealogy and history and draw heavily upon her technology expertise to break new ground in data gathering and interpretation. She is best known for her research into the Jewish community of Homestead, PA.  Please see her project website HomesteadHebrews.com for more information.

February 11, 2020 (Tuesday)
“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). Focusing primarily on their desire to advance Pittsburgh’s cultural profile, it explores their collecting philosophies and early purchases, the formation and character of their collections, and the art institutions they founded. It also provides insight more broadly into Pittsburgh’s art taste and period art installations.

About the Speaker:
Elizabeth (Beth) Roark is a Professor of Art History at Chatham University, where she has taught for 22 years.  She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and B.A. from Allegheny College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Other awards include a Mellon Fellowship and a Smithsonian Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.  Beth has published and presented widely on colonial and nineteenth-century American art.  She has worked with the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Frick Pittsburgh, and wrote the entry on Andrew Mellon for the Grove Dictionary of Art.

Professor Roark has been a major friend of the SHHS.  This will be her fourth lecture to the Society and she has also either run or supported five of our walking tours over the years.


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