About Us

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society (SHHS) is a membership organization established in 2000. We are committed to gathering, preserving, and celebrating the historical memories of our neighborhood.

The SHHS sponsors a regular lecture series on topics of interest, primarily focused on Squirrel Hill institutions with occasional talks of more general history.

Meetings are FREE and held on the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. -- as of September 2010 -- our new meeting location will be at the Church of the Redeemer 5700 Forbes Avenue.

Goals for the Squirrel Hill Historical Society

Last year's walking tour was a big success and we hope to schedule another tour of “Chatham University”. Additional walking tours of our neighborhoods and parks are in the works.

We are now documenting these historical memories for our archives. Thirty speakers are on DVDs and are available on loan for members and other interested folk. Our next step is to catalog items from these recordings for future access.

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will always be searching for photographic memories of our neighborhood. If you have photos you would like to share, please contact us, and we will work out a method to obtain a copy.

Our Book

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

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

In 4 years, the book has sold over 3,500 copies. The book is available at Arcadia Publishing , at other book stores, or you may also purchase the book through the SHHS.

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last updated September 24, 2010.