Upcoming Events

Last updated: August 5, 2017

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 2017

September 12, 2017 (Tuesday)

"KDKA and the History of Radio"


Speaker: Michael Young, Senior Vice President and Pittsburgh Market Manager, KDKA Radio.

From: Explore PA History
RADIO STATION KDKA Marker -- Marker Location: KDKA Headquarters, 1 Gateway Center, Pittsburgh

"World's First commercial station began operating November 2, 1920, when KDKA reported Harding Cox election returns from a makeshift studio at the East Pittsburgh Works of Westinghouse. Music, sports, talks, and special events were soon being regularly aired."

"On the afternoon of Friday, August 5, 1921, Harold Arlin sat down in a box seat behind home plate to watch the Pirates defeat the Phillies, 8-5. He wasn't there just to watch, though; he was also there to tell fans beyond the ballpark what he was seeing. When he opened his mouth to speak into the telephone he was holding, Arlin changed the way Americans would enjoy baseball, and indeed, every other sport, forever."

About the Speaker: Michael Young -- from KDKA Radio website

Michael Young currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Pittsburgh Market Manager for CBS Radio Pittsburgh, where he oversees all facets of the four CBS Pittsburgh radio stations; News Radio 1020 KDKA, KDKA-FM/Sports Radio 93-7 The Fan, WBZZ-FM/100.7 Star, & WDSY-FM/Y-108.

Young has spent his entire professional career (nearly 33 years) in radio, and has been with CBS for over 28 years. He joined CBS in 1985, where he was a part of CBS Radio Representatives in New York City, the company’s in-house national sales firm. Young held various sales and sales management positions at CBS Radio Representative before he moved to the CBS Radio Network as Eastern Sales Manager.

In 1996, CBS moved Young to Pittsburgh where he has spent the past 17 years; first serving as General Sales Manager for KDKA-AM, then Vice-President & General Manager of KDKA-AM, and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President & Pittsburgh Market Manager for all of CBS Radio’s Pittsburgh properties and operations.

Prior to joining CBS, Young worked in sales as an Account Executive at two radio stations (WGRQ-FM & WKBW-AM) in Buffalo/New York.

Young is a native of Western Pennsylvania. He was born and raised in Bradford, and attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in communications media and worked at the University’s radio station (WIUP-FM).

Young, his wife Barbara, and three sons reside in Pine Township, north of Pittsburgh.

October 10, 2017 (Tuesday)

"Homestead Steel Strike" by Frick Art & Historical Center"

A seminal event of the era, the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892 changed the face of labor for decades. Examine the events and the players in this drama of American industrial history: Henry Clay Frick, Andrew Carnegie and the union laborers of the Carnegie Steel Company.

See more information on Frick Art & Historical Center website.

The Frick Art and Historical Center is a fascinating complex of museums and historical buildings located on over five acres of lawns and gardens in Pittsburgh's residential East End. The Center is devoted to the interpretation of the life and times of industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick. Exhibitions of fine and decorative art are also presented at the Center.

Visitors will enjoy the Frick Art Museum; the Car and Carriage Museum; Clayton, the restored 19th-Century Victorian home of Henry Clay Frick; the Cafe at the Frick; the Greenhouse; and the Visitors' Center which once served as the Frick children's playhouse. .....from VISIT PITTSBURGH website.

November 14, 2017 (Tuesday)

"History of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust"

Speaker: J. Kevin McMahon,
President and CEO The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

From: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust website:

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has helped to transform a downtrodden section of Downtown into a world-class Cultural District that stands as a national model of urban revitalization through the arts. Touring Broadway, contemporary dance, family events, education and community engagement programs, and cutting-edge visual arts are among the variety of arts and entertainment the Trust presents and exhibits. Hundreds of artists, thousands of students, and millions of people expand their horizons in our theaters, galleries, and public art environments.

For over three decades, the Trust has led the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s Cultural District by:

•presenting high-quality performing arts events and visual arts exhibitions
•providing comprehensive education and community engagement opportunities
•supporting and collaborating with Cultural District resident companies and hundreds of local arts organizations and artists
•maintaining superior venues for resident companies, community organizations and promoters
•attracting 2 million people to the Cultural District annually to over 2000 annual events and activities
•managing over 1 million square feet of real estate
•creating and curating public art parks and gallery spaces
•and by cultivating the city’s largest arts neighborhood

Lauded as “the single greatest creative force in Pittsburgh because of its spirit of reinvention” by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Trust is the catalyst behind Pittsburgh’s thriving Cultural District that continues to enrich the region’s vibrancy and prosperity.

December 5, 2017 (Tuesday)

This date changed from original Dec. 12 due to scheduling conflict.

"Refugees and Resettlement in Pittsburgh"


Barbara Burstin, SHHS Member and faculty member of both Pitt and CMU

and Michael Ehrmann, SHHS President

This talk will include a personal story of flight by Squirrel Hill Historical Society president Michael Ehrmann and some perspective on resettlement in Pittsburgh by refugees and World War II survivors by historian Barbara Burstin

About Dr. Burstin:
SHHS Member 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, published in 2015, looks at the community in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s. She has also produced a film, A Jewish Legacy: Pittsburgh.

About Michael Ehrmann:
Michael Ehrmann has been President of the SHHS since 2003. He was a real estate appraiser for nearly 30 years before his retirement in 2013. His specialty was historic properties, and he has appraised historical buildings throughout the country. Michael will talk about his family’s experience in fleeing the Nazis from Germany.

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