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Collecting Art Through the Ages

Signals, September 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Held at 7:30 p.m. Old Sewickley Post Office

An Illustrated Presentation by Robert J. Trombetta

The vast majority of the world’s great art museums owe their existence to the efforts of a small number of individual collectors. Through the ages, starting in antiquity, collecting beautiful and thought-provoking objects has been a part of human nature.

Mr. Robert Trombetta will join us to discuss the great movements in art history and the collectors who controlled the art market. We will learn how many of the decisions of these past collectors influenced the art world and museums of today. Included in the discussion, will be prominent Pittsburgh collectors of the past.

Robert J. Trombetta, retired director of the Fort Pitt Museum, has participated in the quest for rare art and artifacts for over fifty years. A native of Washington County, Mr. Trombetta began collecting Native American artifacts at the age of seven. He quickly became a devoted collector of art and artifacts from around the world. He has spent years studying other collectors and the institutions they helped to create. His recently published book, David Michael Bowers, the Evolution of an Artist, explores the career of a Pittsburgh artist who is quickly gaining international recognition.


North Hills Genealogists To Hold Conference

North Hills Genealogists of Pittsburgh is hosting an all-day conference on Saturday, October 20, 2012, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., at the Wildwood Golf Club, 2195 Sample Road, Allison Park (Pittsburgh), PA 15101 (just south of North Park and about 2 miles from either McKnight Road or Rt. 8). Registration by September 18 is $35 for members and $45 for non-members; after September 18, $40 for members and $50 for non-members; walk-ins are welcome for $55. Continental breakfast (beginning at 8:00 a.m.) and a buffet lunch will be provided. The conference speaker will be D. Joshua Talor, MA, MLS, a featured genealogist on the NBC television series Who Do You Think You Are? His subjects will include “Discovering USGenWeb,” “Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the U. S. Between 1780 and 1830,” “Mapping Your Success: Employing Maps for Genealogical Research,” and “Putting It Together: A Case Study.” For further information, contact North Hills Genealogists at P. O. Box 169, Wexford, PA 15090, or




Changes at Headquarters!

As you can see from the photo at right, there have been some major modifications made to the office at Historical Society headquarters. Over the summer, we have not only had high shelving constructed over the file cabinets to accommodate large archival boxes, but have also acquired a handsome second-hand card catalog to house the Dorothy Moore Collection of genealogical material. A sturdy “stocking” ladder gives us access to the shelves, and large labels make identifying the contents of the boxes quite easy.

These changes have freed up space in our storage room in the Old Sewickley Post Office, where we now have a complete run of the Sewckley Herald. All of this helps us answer the many questions we receive from our membership and the public on the history of the Sewickley Valley, its architecture and its inhabitants.

We invite you to visit and see the changes for yourselves!

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