Last updated: April 14, 2016
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 email@example.com.
May 10, 2016 (Tuesday)
"The Evolution of Bridges in Pittsburgh"
speaker: TODD WILSON,
Engineer and Author
Todd Wilson, P.E., is a civil engineer whose passion for bridges has spanned his whole life and led him on quests to photograph bridges in all 50 states and four continents. He is especially interested in the history of bridge building in Pittsburgh, with its cast of monumental engineers such as John A. Roebling, Gustav Lindenthal, and George S. Richardson.
In his presentation, Mr. Wilson will talk about the large and diverse collection of bridge types that is a necessity in a city with hilly topography intersected by three mighty rivers—the Monongahela, Allegheny, and Ohio—and deep valleys and ravines. He will explain how engineers, architects, and contractors conquered the challenging terrain and how the resulting bridges were carefully designed not just for function but also for aesthetics, covering the planning, construction, and sometimes, demolition, of bridges that defined Pittsburgh, ranging from its first covered bridges to today’s skyline-defining spans.
About Todd Wilson:
Todd M. Wilson, P.E., is a Project Engineer at Homestead-based GAI Consultants, Inc. He currently serves as a Trustee of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and the History and Heritage Committee Chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pittsburgh Section.
Growing up in Squirrel Hill, as the son of an art teacher and a photographer, Mr. Wilson has been interested in bridges his whole life. Even in kindergarten at St. Philomena's, he was already drawing and photographing bridges. After graduating as a valedictorian of Taylor Allderdice High School, his love of bridges led him to pursue a degree in civil engineering, graduating from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an additional major in Engineering and Public Policy.
In 2007, he co-created bridgemapper.com , one of the largest bridge websites on the Internet. In 2009, Mr. Wilson founded the Historic Bridge Weekend, an annual event in which historic bridge enthusiasts—engineers, historians, photographers and hobbyists—gather to attend presentations and visit historic bridges. In 2010, Mr. Wilson was named one of the ASCE's Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering. In 2011, Mr. Wilson was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40, and in the same year he received the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Civil Engineering’s Recent Alumnus Achievement Award.
NOTE: SHHS Members Helen and Todd Wilson are coauthors of Pittsburgh Bridges, a recently released book in Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series. The book has photographs, diagrams and descriptions of more than 140 of Pittsburgh's past and present bridges, including the wide variety of bridges in the Squirrel Hill and East End area. The book can be purchased at local bookstores and at amazon.com and other online booksellers.
June 4, 2016 (Saturday)
Tour of "FRICK PARK" held in conjunction with the
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Tour Guide: Susan Rademacher, Parks Curator for Pgh. Parks Conservancy
SHHS last toured Frick Park in 2011 and we will visit other areas of this large and beautiful park in 2016.
TOUR TIME: 9:45 am to Noon
COST: $ 5 for Members, $8 for Non-Members
Maximum group size limited to 25
STARTING LOCATION: Reynolds Street Gate House
map to starting location
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
"The largest of Pittsburgh’s regional parks at 561 acres, Frick Park is also the youngest. Although Henry Clay Frick bequeathed the original 151 acres to the city in 1919, the park did not open until 1927 after additional land had been acquired. Most recently, 106 acres were annexed to the park as part of the process that created the Summerset at Frick Park housing development and restored the Nine Mile Run stream valley. Now Frick Park stretches from its northern borders in Point Breeze down to the Monongahela River."
June 14, 2016 (Tuesday)
"Marketing the Presidency"
speaker: STEVE MIHALY,
Retired Vice-President of the H.J. Heinz Co., and Political Historian"
Bio from Steve Mihaly:
I am the recently retired Vice President of the HJ Heinz Co., Pittsburgh. My wife Kathy is a substitute school nurse in the North Allegheny and Deer Lakes School Systems, and we have lived in Gibsonia for over the past 20 years. We have one daughter, Katie, who currently lives in Hot Springs Virginia where she is a Guidance Counselor at Valley Elementary.
I began collecting political americana at the age of 10, and have now been collecting for over 50 years, with a collection that now encompasses over 20,000 items. However, this journey started out very humbly and simply. As a young kid, my parents loved to go to antique shops, garage sales, and flea markets.....travels that I did not particularly enjoy. However, I did enjoy American History and one day my dad bought a handful of old political buttons at one of these garage sales and gave them to me. Thus, it gave me something to do and seek out as I was dragged around to these events. From this, I’ve met hundreds of interesting people, including 4 US Presidents. I’ve been featured in numerous newspapers and magazines across the country, including in this area, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, the Beaver County Times, The Butler Eagle, and Pittsburgh Magazine. For February, my wife daughter and I are on the front cover of Pine Township Neighbors, which has 10 pictures and a 3 page article on our latest adventures. In the article it mentions that I will be speaking at a couple of local historical societies in the near future, as well as that I’ll have a display of Penna. Presidential memoriabilia this July in Harrisburg. In March I spoke at the Beaver County Historical Society, and later on in that same month I spoke at the Westmoreland County Historical Society. I believe if you Google “Stephen Mihaly-Political Buttons” you’ll also find several articles about me and my political collection from newspapers around the country. Today, I still enjoy the thrill of “the hunt” and in particularly, sharing my love of political history.
About the Presentation From Steve Mihaly:
I developed the “Marketing The Presidency” presentation 2 years ago in response to a friend’s request that I speak at the Joan Crawford Distinguished Speakers Series in Maryland. Most folks, when they hear the word”marketing” think of it as a relatively modern day term, but in terms of presidential candidates, from George Washington to today, candidates have been marketing themselves, their ideas, or marketing against their opponent, from the beginning. In particular, the presentation focuses on the array of “odd” artifacts that candidates have produced to get the candidate’s name and ideas in front of the electorate. Thus, some of the items in the presentation include a James Monroe snuff box promoting the Monroe Doctrine, a Teddy Roosevelt cast iron door stop, an Eisenhower bar of soap with Ike’s image on it and the words “Clean Up With Ike” and a Richard Nixon shower head where the water comes squirting out of his mouth, just to name a few.
Thus, the presentation tends to focus on the whimsical, while at the same time, explaining to the audience why the candidate would actually produce such an oddity and what is the historical significance behind it.
Pictures of a few of the items in my “Marketing The Presidency” presentation.
-- 1961 game of “Bluff” picturing caricatures of John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev; a Nixon shower head (water flows out of his mouth); a wind-up Jimmy Carter peanut toy; a bar of soap that pictures Eisenhower and the phrase “Clean Up With Ike” and a Goldwater “Fan Club” fan and a Goldwater wooded ruler that says “Goldwater-A Leader Not A Ruler.”
-- A group of Beaver County and Penna. presidential items. The Teddy Roosevelt tray is a 1904 campaign and advertising piece from a liquor store in Beaver Falls.
-- Some Allegheny County political items that I'll be showing at the presentation.
July 12, 2016 (Tuesday)
"Auto Dealership and Service Stations in Squirrel Hill over the Years"
speaker: MORRY SABLE,
Member of Family that Owned "Sable Motors" and "Sable Chevrolet" in Sq. Hill
July 26, 2016 (Tuesday)
This is Rescheduled -- January date was canceled because of weather.
"150 Years of Beer at Penn Brewery "
speaker: LINDA NYMAN,
Co-Owner of "Penn Brewery"
About the Speaker:
Linda Nyman has been a co-owner and Director of Marketing for Penn Brewery since 2009. She has worked in marketing, brand management, and consumer promotions for over twenty years and held positions with HJ Heinz Company, Sara Lee Corporation, and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare prior to acquiring Penn Brewery with her two business partners. During her career she has worked on such well-known brands as Aquafresh toothpaste, Kiwi Shoe Polish, and Weight Watchers food products. A native of Pittsburgh, Linda holds a bachelor’s degree from Franklin & Marhsall College and an MBA from University of Chicago.
From Website: Penn Brewery website
“Although the modern-day Penn Brewery was started in 1986, our roots actually lie far back in 1848, with the Eberhart and Ober families, Germans who settled in the Deutschtown neighborhood in the City of Allegheny, now Pittsburgh’s NorthSide. Eberhart and Ober opened three breweries on the site where Penn exists today, and three of the original E&O brewery buildings remain. These buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and boast many unique architectural features. Perhaps the most notable of these is a labyrinth of stone caves and tunnels which was constructed to chill, or “lager,” barrels of beer in the days before refrigeration became commonplace. Penn is one of just a handful of remaining US breweries that still has lagering caves.
E&O brewed beer at this location for several decades and eventually merged with a number of other regional breweries to become part of Pittsburgh Brewing Company in 1899. Beer production continued until 1952, under such labels as E&O Pilsner and Dutch Club………..” read more at the pennbrew website.
AUGUST - No Meeting
September 13, 2016 (Tuesday)
speaker: BARBARA BURSTIN,
SHHS Member and faculty member of both Pitt and CMU
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
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 will share his recent visit to Assisi, Italy and information on St. Francis.
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
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.
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