Last updated: May 28, 2013
Events are held on the second Tuesday of each month,
FREE at 7:30 p.m.,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE 1, 2013 - Saturday
"WALKING TOUR of Chatham University"
This tour was held in 2009 and 2010 and was quite successful.
Chatham University Website
Chatham University dates its beginnings back to 1869 where it was first housed in the Berry Mansion on Woodland Road. Today’s campus consists of buildings and grounds from former Mansions of such Pittsburgh notables as Andrew Mellon, Edward Stanton Fickes, George M Laughlin Jr. and James Rea.
Elements designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers for the original Andrew Mellon estates are included in the present campus. Chatham’s campus was designated an Arboretum by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta.
TOUR TIME: 10 am to Noon
Starting Location: Chatham University Mellon Center on Woodland Road
Cost: $5 ($3 Members)
Maximum group size 25
June 11, 2013 (Tuesday)
"The Formation of Temple Sinai"
Speaker: Jackie Braslawsce
Director of Informal Education at Temple Sinai
Information from Temple Sinai Website
Temple Sinai comes from humble beginnings: a tiny room at Forbes and Murray housed our offices; two neighboring churches opened their hearts and their doors to us for our worship and Religious School. Dr. Burton E. Levinson, our first rabbi, accepted the challenge of molding a new congregation in Liberal Judaism from a small group of unaffiliated families who knew neither each other nor what Reform Judaism had to offer them.
Temple Sinai’s growth was phenomenal. In August 1947 we purchased the Worthington Mansion and converted it into a magnificent house of worship and learning, creating the Barnett Chapel from what was originally the dining room. Within a few short years, we had grown so large in number that High Holiday services were held at the YM&WHA building in Oakland. Outgrowing that, in 1949, services were moved to Carnegie Music Hall, where they remained for a number of years. Then in 1955 came the campaign to buy the property next door and build a sanctuary that could hold everyone who wanted to belong.
“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you are interested in doing something it is only when convenient, when you are committed, accept no excuses – ONLY RESULTS!”
July 9,2013 (Tuesday)
"History of Duquesne University"
Speaker: TOM WHITE, University Archivist
from Duquesne University website
Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by a group of Catholic missionaries also known as the Spiritans. From humble beginnings as a school for the children of Pittsburgh's poor immigrants, Duquesne today is an educational and economic powerhouse comprising ten schools of study that serve more than 10,000 students.
About our speaker (from The History Press) --
Thomas White is the university archivist and curator of special collections in the Gumberg Library at Duquesne University. He is also an adjunct lecturer in Duquesne's History Department and an adjunct professor of history at La Roche College. White received a master's degree in public history from Duquesne University. Besides the folklore and history of Pennsylvania, his areas of interest include public history and American cultural history. He is the author of Legends and Lore of Western Pennsylvania, Forgotten Tales of Pennsylvania, Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Forgotten Tales of Pittsburgh and Forgotten Tales of Philadelphia (coauthored with Edward White), all published by The History Press.
August 2013 (Tuesday)
No Meeting -- have a great summer month
September 10, 2013 (Tuesday)
"Remembering Walter Forward"
(of Forward Avenue and Forward Townships in
Washington and Butler Counties)
Speaker: DR. MILES S. RICHARDS, Historian
Walter Forward was bornin East Granby, Connecticut, he attended the common schools. After moving with his father to Aurora, Ohio, he settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1803. There he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1806. He practiced in Pittsburgh and also served for
several years as editor of the Tree of Liberty. He also served in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
In 1822, he was elected to the 17th Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Henry Baldwin, and was reelected to the 18th Congress.
Read more at Wikipedia
Walter Forward died in Pittsburgh and is interred in Allegheny Cemetery.
October 8, 2013 (Tuesday)
Getting to Know our Neighbors --
"Tales From Our Towns-People, Places & Events Forgotten By the History Books"
Speaker: GARY ROGERS,
President of the Oakmont Historical Society
From Gary Rogers: My program will include stories from my book Tales From Our Towns-People, Places & Events Forgotten By the History Books. The book is a collection of true stories from the past that have been lost to time. The stories all took place in Allegheny County. My specialty is uncovering those events that most people do not know about.
Read March 29,2012 Post-Gazette Article
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