The East Liberty Valley Historic Society is a nonprofit that exists to document and share the history of the East Liberty neighborhood and surrounding areas. East Liberty is a particularly interesting area of Pittsburgh when it comes to development as it has many buildings from the time East Liberty became a fashionable suburb for some of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest families who were looking to escape the congestion of Downtown Pittsburgh in the 1850s. East Liberty is also the site of a massive Urban Renewal project in the 1950s.
The East Liberty Valley Historic Society has been documenting and sharing information about… Read the rest
Nowadays we can log on to ye olde Facebooks and keep tabs on our cousin and in many families Grandma and Grandpa are using the Facebooks to keep in touch. But if you want to find out about previous generations – Facebook doesn’t offer much. Just the word Family Tree brings back memories of my mom helping me we a 2nd grad project. She was determined to fill that piece of posterboard out correctly – probably because there was no other written location of the family history.
The Heinz History center is kicking off a new series of events this… Read the rest
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Last week the Nina and the Pinta sailed into Pittsburgh, well okay not the original ships that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue with but the reproductions of The Nina and The Pinta. The two ships are docked next to Heinz field until November 15, 2009.
The website for the ships is – http://www.thenina.com/ – but it doesn’t have any info about their stop in Pittsburgh. From what I have read on the internet the ships are open for tours daily from 9am – 4pm daily. I think the tickets are $7.… Read the rest
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This is a neat event that is another creative way to think about our city, transit and how cars fit into the urban landscape. It fits well into the conversation we have been having about if you need a car in Pittsburgh on the post about Zipcar.
Last year, I posted about Parking Day 2008 and recieved this interesting comment that I wanted to share – which puts some historical perspective of how cars have fit into Pittsburgh over the past centruy or so.
I have a nineteenth century “History of Pittsburg” which lists the… Read the rest
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I saw this event on the Venture Outdoors blog today and I think this will be a really interesting talk about the history of the trails system in Pittsburgh. The parks and trails here are pretty amazing and it is strange to think that these assets are relatively recent to the city.Trails, Riverfronts, Local HistoryWednesday, 11 February 20097:30-9pm, Botany Hall, adjacent to Phipps Conservatory, OaklandSpeakers include: Bob Gangawere, former editor of Carnegie MagazineDirector of Friends of the River Front with Brendan Wiant, Bally DesignThere is a nice article on this talk in today’s… Read the rest