Upcoming Events

Last updated: August 21,2016

Events are held on the second Tuesday of each month,
FREE at 7:30 p.m.,

Meeting location:
The Church of the Redeemer,
located at 5700 Forbes Avenue

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


YEAR 2016


AUGUST - No Meeting have a great summer month



September 13, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Jewish Pittsburgh"

speaker: BARBARA BURSTIN,
SHHS Member and faculty member of both Pitt and CMU Dr. Burstin

SHHS member Barbara Burstin, Ph.D., is the author of a new book that will be of great interest to many Squirrel Hill residents: Jewish Pittsburgh, part of the Images of America series produced by Arcadia Press. The book contains more than 200 vintage photos, some of which have never been published before. Through these pictures and accompanying text and captions, Dr. Burstin chronicles the development of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community from the 1840s to the present. Chapters include “Who are the Jews?,” “Destination Pittsburgh,” “Making a Living,“ Community Institutions,” “Jews in Social Justice, Civic Reform, Politics and Education,” “Jews in America’s Wars,” “The Struggle for Israel,” and “Jews in the Arts, Medicine, and Sports.” The book highlights noted Jews who have made significant contributions to both the Jewish and general Pittsburgh community, ranging from Rabbi Aaron Ashinsky to Myron Cope.

About the Author:
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, to be published late in 2015, which looks at the community in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. She has also produced a film, A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh.

For more information about Pittsburgh’s Jewish history and to order Dr. Burstin’s books online, go to her website: Pittsburgh Jewish History . com.



Date has been changed -- Oct. 11 is the observance of Yom Kippur, therefore, we will hold our meeting on Oct. 18.

October 18, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Historical Overview of Carnegie Mellon University"

Speaker: HOLLY HIPPENSTEEL, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Carnegie Mellon University
Holly Heppensteel

Ms. Hippensteel will present a historical overview of the university from its beginnings to its present-day prominence.

From CMU website

The story of Carnegie Mellon University is unique and remarkable. After its founding in 1900 as the Carnegie Technical Schools, serving the workers and young men and women of the Pittsburgh area, it quickly became the degree-granting Carnegie Institute of Technology (now called College of Engineering) in 1912.

"Carnegie Tech," as it was known, merged with the Mellon Institute to become Carnegie Mellon University in 1967. Carnegie Mellon has since soared to national and international leadership in higher education-and it continues to be known for solving real-world problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation...........read more at the CMU website.

About The Speaker (From CMU website):

Holly currently serves as an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the Office of the Dean. Through this role, Holly stewards cross-functional divisional efforts in the areas of graduate student support, academic integrity, assessment, risk management and functions that guide the strategic planning of the division. She is also a Housefellow for students that live in the graduate student housing pilot in Tartan House as well as the Doherty Apartments community. Additionally, Holly serves as a College Liaison with the College of Engineering (CIT), a role that allows Holly to support specific students and departments within CIT namely INI, BME and all incoming students prior to declaring their major. Holly is also a deputy Title IX coordinator specifically supporting students with questions and/or concerns related to the university policy against sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Holly has been an integral member of the CMU community for thirteen years in a variety of roles. She was born in Chambersburg, PA but grew up on the Gulf Coast of Florida before returning to Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. in Sociology from La Roche College, her M.A .in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University



November 8, 2016 (Tuesday)

Special Lecture: "The Story of St. Francis of Assisi"

Speaker: MICHAEL FOLEY, Rector
Church of the Redeemer (our church)
Rev. Foley

Rev. Foley will share his recent visit to Assisi, Italy and information on St. Francis.

from wickipedia:
St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis has taken his name, captures the spirit of many Catholics because church history regards him as the pre-eminent figure passionate about imitating Christ's life.

He is known also as a patron saint of Italy, the founder of the Franciscan order of the Friars Minor, an admirer of nature and a servant to poor and destitute. The brown robe of the Franciscans is iconic.

"Who doesn't know Francis of Assisi, who abandoned everything from wealth and prestige and who became poor himself," Vatican deputy spokesman the Rev. Thomas Rosica said, explaining how the saint inspired Pope Francis' name.

"Francis of Assisi is a great, great figure in the church but known especially for connecting with fellow Christians and many people outside the Christian family," Rosica said.

For more information on history of Church of the Redeemer visit Church of the Redeemer website



December 13, 2016 (Tuesday)

"Pittsburgh Holocaust Center"

Speaker: LAUREN BAIRNSFATHER, PhD., Director


Lauren Bairnsfather

Website:Pittsburgh Holocaust Center.

In 2015, Lauren Apter Bairnsfather was appointed director of the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, an affiliate organization of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Bairnsfather oversees a staff of five. The center, established in 1981, relocated to new space at Squirrel Hill Plaza, 826 Hazelwood Ave., in Pittsburgh’s East End where it will offer exhibits and education programs. The grand opening occurred on Oct. 18, 2015.

A McKeesport native, Bairnsfather’s career spans working at the photo archives office of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Spertus Museum in Chicago and Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation in Dallas. She most recently worked in the dean’s office at the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas, where she had earned her undergraduate degree and as well as her Ph.D. in history. She also earned a master’s degree in social sciences at the University of Chicago.


YEAR 2017


January 10, 2017 (Tuesday)

"The Map in the Image -- A 50 Year Effort to Combine Pictures and Maps"

Speaker: DOUG COOPER, Andrew Mellon Professor at Carnegie Mellon University


Doug Cooper

About Doug Cooper from CMU Website: CMU Mural .

Combining story, history and memory into panoramic murals has become the theme of Doug Cooper's work. He typically works with local residents and incorporates their lives into the works. He developed his first mural, now at Pittsburgh's Heinz History Center, with a Pittsburgh senior center (1992). In 1994 he completed another with elderly for the Philadelphia Courthouse. The 200 ft-long mural for Carnegie Mellon Center (1996) shows the campus and Pittsburgh in three time periods. The mural series for Seattle's King County Courthouse (2005) depicts the geography, history and land-use patterns of that region. On two occasions, Cooper has used mural projects as vehicles for foreign language instruction. In 1996, assisted by CMU students, a German professor and Frankfurt elderly, he created a 9m x 6m mural for Frankfurt's central market. A similar process was used for the University of Rome mural (2005).

Cooper's recent murals have used the constraints and opportunities of the architectural setting as a source of content. The height, sight lines and circulation in lobbies at corporate headquarters Mascaro (1999) and Michael Baker (2003) and the University of California San Francisco were used as opportunities to depict the histories and aspirations of each institution. The 200 foot-long University of Rome mural in Esquilino (2005) uses ventilator grates as an element to transform a lecture hall into a piazza filled with people enacting the history of the district.

Cooper has authored two books on drawing: Steel Shadows (University of Pittsburgh) and Drawing and Perceiving (Wiley).



February 14, 2017 (Tuesday)

To Be Announced



March 14, 2017 (Tuesday)

"The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh"

Speaker: JO ELLEN PARKER, President of the Carnegie Museums


Jo Ellen Parker



Carnegie Museums website

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh are a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.28 million people annually through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.


About the Speaker from Press Releases: In August 2014, Jo Ellen Parker arrived in Pittsburgh and became the 10th president of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and the first woman to lead the nonprofit consortium.

A Midwesterner from Olathe, Kan., outside of Kansas City, the 61-year-old academic was previously president of Sweet Briar College, a private school for women in central Virginia.

Jo Ellen Parker, the first woman to serve as president and chief executive officer of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, said the city was a big reason she’s leaving Virginia, where she is president of Sweet Briar College.

“Frankly, one of the many attractions of this position was the chance to come to Pittsburgh,” the 59-year-old said Tuesday shortly before she was hired at a meeting of Carnegie Institute trustees.

The city’s vibrant cultural offerings, diverse neighborhoods, large urban parks and wide variety of restaurants impressed her and her husband, Richard G. Manasa, a native of Detroit.



April 11, 2017 (Tuesday)

"Congregation Beth Shalom, Celebrating 100 Years"

Speaker: HONEY FORMAN, Centennial Coordinator, Beth Shalom



May 9, 2017 (Tuesday)

"Community Day School: Preserving Tradition, Securing the Future"

Speaker: AVI BARAN MUNRO, Head of the School


Avi Baran Munro


Jewish Community Day School website
Community Day School is a nurturing, academically excellent Jewish day school for the 21st century. From Early Childhood through Middle School, we inspire our students to love learning through innovative teaching methods and hands-on discovery. CDS is a welcoming community where Pittsburgh families who span the spectrum of Jewish belief and practice can learn and connect along with their children. As our students grow in knowledge from preschool through 8th Grade, they grow as people — finding their passions, embracing their Jewish identities, and preparing for successful and meaningful lives.


About the speaker --
Prior to becoming CDS Head of School in 2004, Avi Baran Munro spent six years as Curriculum Coordinator and Head of Lower School at Community Day School and 10 years teaching and supervising student-teachers at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. At Pittsburgh’s Jewish Education Institute, she coordinated and offered professional development for Pittsburgh’s Jewish educators.

Avi Munro is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the University of California, San Diego. She also holds Pennsylvania state certification in Secondary English.

As a graduate of the very first Solomon Schechter Day School and parent of four Community Day School graduates, she is deeply committed to high quality, Jewish day school education.



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