Upcoming Events

Our programs will continue to be held both on Zoom and live at the Church of the Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, Squirrel Hill, on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Although pre-registration for our live programs is no longer required, we ask that you not attend if you are not vaccinated. We recommend that all attendees wear masks and will continue to space chairs apart to allow for social distancing. 

If you cannot attend our live programs, we offer a hybrid Zoom version. SHHS members will be sent a link to the Zoom program no later than the weekend before the program. If you are not a SHHS and would like the link to the program, please contact the SHHS at sqhillhist@shhsoc.org.

NOTE for Zoom participants: Our programs are recorded and archived on our website using YouTube, so please turn off your video if you do not want to appear on the recording. YouTube guidelines do not permit sending pictures of people to others without their permission.

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

December 13, 2022 (Tuesday), 7:30pm
“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 neighborhood

January 10, 2023
“Squirrel Hill by the Numbers”

David Rotenstein, a public historian and folklorist, will speak about Squirrel Hill by the Numbers, exploring the world of Pittsburgh’s Jewish numbers syndicate from the 1930s through the 1960s. David earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has worked in public history and historic preservation for more than 35 years.

February 14, 2023
“The Frick Pittsburgh Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow”
Lizzie Barker
, executive director of The Frick Pittsburgh, will provide an overview of the organization’s history, how The Frick achieved its current status as a leading art and historical center, and what the future holds. Lizzie has been
leading The Frick since 2019. Prior to arriving in Pittsburgh, she directed Colgate University’s Picker Art Gallery, Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum, and the Boston Athenaeum. A graduate of Yale College, she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.

March 14, 2023
“A History of the Bridges Over Fern Hollow”

Todd Wilson is an award-winning professional engineer in Pittsburgh who has been photographing and writing about bridges his whole life. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in Civil Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy. He serves as a trustee of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation.

April 11, 2023
“Good Questions About Pittsburgh”

Katie Blackley, a digital editor/producer for 90.5 WESA, writes, edits and generates both web and on-air content for features and daily broadcasts. She is the producer and host of WESA’s Good Question! series and podcast and will base her presentation on inquiries from curious listeners, with a focus on things related to the East End.

May 9, 2023
“An Overview of Doors Open Pittsburgh”

Bonnie Baxter is executive director of DOORS OPEN Pittsburgh, which celebrates Pittsburgh’s unique architecture and history by providing historical tours inside iconic buildings. She founded the organization in 2016, inspired by a similar event while living in Chicago. Bonnie will discuss Pittsburgh’s unique architecture and history, including that of some buildings in the East End.

June 4, 2023 (Sunday)
1:00–3:00 p.m.
TENTATIVE SPECIAL PROGRAM at Congregation Beth Shalom (5915 Beacon Street)
“A History of the Stained Glass Windows at Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS)”

Barbara Oleinick, a member of CBS and expert on the history and themes in the main sanctuary’s stained-glass
windows, will share her knowledge with us.

June 13, 2023
To be determined.

July 11, 2023
“A History of the Steps of Pittsburgh”
Laura Zurowski,
Pittsburgh-based writer/photographer and technical writer at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Pharmacy, has studied the public steps of Pittsburgh extensively and will discuss her findings. Her forthcoming book on the subject will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press. It builds upon the content of Bob Regan’s 2004 book, Pittsburgh Steps: The Story of the City’s Public Stairways

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