Squirrel-Hill-Book

Last updated: July 18, 2017

Our NEW Book is available at all of our meetings, or you can purchase one at the Squirrel Hill Night Markets on Saturday, August 26 or Saturday, September 23. If you are interested in getting the book, you can also email and we will handle it.



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Our NEW Book !!

Squirrel Hill - A Neighborhood History, as outlined by Helen Wilson, editor and author, on July 11, 2017, after a regular meeting of the Squirrel Hill Historical Society.



from History Press

Squirrel Hill a Neighborhood History (2017) is a new book by SHHS members Helen Wilson, Michael Ehrmann, Wayne Bossinger, Betty Connelly, and Dr. Barbara Burstin, published by "The History Press".

Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood began on the frontier of western Pennsylvania 250 years ago and developed into a vibrant urban community. Early settler John Turner, half brother of renegade Simon Girty, survived capture by Native Americans and experienced firsthand the change from dangerous wilderness to established farming community. Wealthy landowners Henry Clay Frick and Mary Schenley bestowed Squirrel Hill its grand public parks. Hyman Little, Herman Kamin and countless others moved to the hill and made it Pittsburgh’s premier Jewish community, with a tightknit cluster of synagogues, temples and a thriving business district. The Squirrel Hill Historical Society and editor Helen Wilson explore the fascinating history of one of Pittsburgh’s historic neighborhoods.

















Squirrel Hill (Images of America Series)

We have had wonderful feedback on our first book, Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series).

The idea of a book grew out of our Historical Society’s “reminiscing sessions”. Lots of people knew bits and pieces, and a few volunteers pieced together vignettes that would tell a tale of Squirrel Hill.

The result was a book, (published by Arcadia Publishing in 2005) of neighborhood photographs and historical text researched and written by the SHHS. The book primarily covers development of the neighborhood from the mid-19th century through the 1930s.

The book can be purchased online at Arcadia Publishing.