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Celebrating Pittsburgh: Its Character and Significance

Signals, March 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:30 p.m., at the Old Sewickley Post Office

A PowerPoint Presentation by Louise Sturgess, Executive Director Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation


This presentation of 72 images was created in 2008 for the Frick Art & Historical Center’s exhibition, “A Panorama of Pittsburgh: Nineteenth Century Printed Views.” Following an overview of Pittsburgh’s physical development, the program concentrates on a series of 19th-century lithographs, watercolors, prints, and even a letter, that were used to describe, publicize and promote the city. It concludes with a fast-paced tour of 21st century Pittsburgh, showing how the 19th century lives on in notable landmarks. Memorable quotations from David McCullough (author/historian), Walter C. Kidney (author), David Lewis (urban planner) and Clyde Hare (photographer), among others, help define Pittsburgh’s unique character and significance.

A fifth-generation Pittsburgher, Louise Sturgess has worked for the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) since 1981. As executive director, she is primarily responsible for PHLF’s educational programs, which serve more than 12,000 people each year. On any given day, Louise is a fundraiser, editor, program organizer, lecturer and tour guide. Through her work, she promotes the value of historic preservation and reveals the national importance of Pittsburgh’s history and architecture. The History Channel, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies, Preservation Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission and Pittsburgh City Council are among those who have recognized PHLF for its innovative education programs.

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