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 programs at the Church of Redeemer, 5700 Forbes Avenue, have been temporarily suspended.

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

October Doubleheader: Walking Tour and Program about Pittsburgh’s Second Oldest Burial Ground—Turner Cemetery

Saturday, October 10, 1-3 p.m. “Self-Guided Walking Tour of Turner Cemetery”

Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 p.m. Zoom Program: “Turner Cemetery’s History and Significance”

Vice-President Helen Wilson and other researchers continue to discover new information about Pittsburgh’s second-oldest graveyard, Turner Cemetery, and the people buried there. It is the final resting place of many of the earliest inhabitants of Squirrel Hill, including military veterans from the Revolutionary War to the Spanish-American War. Many of those interred were related to each other by birth or marriage, and researchers have been studying those relationships to see how they fit in with the early development of Squirrel Hill. 

Reservations are required for this program. To make a reservation, email the SHHS at sqhillhist@shhsoc.org no later than October 12.

Saturday, October 10, 2020
“Self-Guided Walking Tour of Turner Cemetery”
1-3 p.m.
SHHS and The Friends of Turner Cemetery at Mary S. Brown Memorial-Ames UM Church will present a self-guided walking tour of the cemetery. The tour will be self-guided, and all COVID-19 precautions will be in force. Wearing masks and social distancing will be required. No restrooms or refreshments will be available. Visitors can come and go at any time during the event. Researchers and the MSBA church members who maintain the cemetery will be on hand to discuss the history of the site and update attendees about future plans for the church. Visitors are asked not to touch or make rubbings of the fragile tombstones in order to preserve their carvings. For more information, go to the Turner Cemetery/MSBA Historical and Genealogical website, turnercemetery.org.

Walking Tour Details
Turner Cemetery is located at located at 3424 Beechwood Boulevard. Parking is available along Beechwood Boulevard and Saline Street. 

Entry to the cemetery will be through the gate at the upper end of Federal Hill Street beside the cemetery between Beechwood and Saline. There is no entry from Beechwood Boulevard because the area has been fenced off due to deconstruction of Mary S. Brown-Ames Church. 

The cemetery is on a sloped lawn with some uneven footing, so attendees must assume their own liability when they enter the cemetery.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
7:30 p.m.
“Turner Cemetery’s History and Significance”
The SHHS will offer a Zoom program at its usual 7:30 meeting time, “Turner Cemetery’s History and Significance,” presented by SHHS vice-president and Turner Cemetery researcher Helen Wilson. She will explain how the cemetery relates to the early development of Squirrel Hill and talk about new discoveries being made there. 

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