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A splendid pictorial history of

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Bloomfield Little Italy Days 
Thursday August 21 through Sunday August 24 2014!  
13th Annual 
 
Applications are online!
  
  • Over 40,000 people attended last year!
  • Awarded first place for best special event in Pittsburgh
  • Extensive advertising promoting the festival (TV, Radio, Billboards, Newspaper) 
  • Spectacular line up of entertainment including Louis Prima Jr and his 10 piece band! See website for full lineup.  

 

 

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Little Italy Days 2013 - Pittsburgh Italian Festival
Go to littleitalydays.com and click 'Become a Vendor' for an application!

 Strip District World Festival now accepting applications!
September 12-14, 2014 
Officially sponsored By:
   

 

Call Sal Richetti for more information:

  412-377-2923 

Or Email: info@littleitalydays.com

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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center Events

Join us in July for hands-on workshops at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg. All workshops/seminars are free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, Pa 15221


Restoration and Green Building Materials

Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m.


Restoring old and historic houses is "green building" because repurposing our built environment helps reduce our impact on the natural environment. To that end, if you're concerned about the materials you're putting into your house, come to this workshop by Ian Miller, who will discuss leading construction products for green building, chemical sensitivity, and sustainability.

Millvale Walking Tour: Vanka Murals and Main Street

Saturday, July 26, 2014
2:00 p.m.— 4:30 p.m.


$10 members; $35 non-members
Meeting location: 1:45 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 24 Maryland Avenue, Millvale


Come see the progress that is being made in restoring and illuminating the world-famous murals by Maxo Vanka inside St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Millvale––and tour Kelly Art Glass, the newly formed Millvale Community Library, two urban gardens by Allegheny Grows, and the one-of-a-kind businesses in Millvale's historic main street district. Community leaders and residents will join PHLF's Louise Sturgess in leading this tour.

Reservations are required by Wednesday, July 23: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.

I enjoyed the walking tour. I work downtown and walk the streets every day and wonder about the history of the buildings. I really enjoyed seeing the artifacts in Three PNC. I would really love to tour all of the oldest buildings in downtown Pittsburgh and thank you for putting this program together.
––Joan Brennfleck, June 20, 2014

PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured. Click here to read comments from recent participants.

On any Friday in July (except July 4), meet our PHLF docent at Noon on Grant Street near Sixth Avenue (at the Omni William Penn Hotel entrance) and enjoy our "Gems of Grant Street" walking tour. You'll see several historic interior spaces well-deserving of a "Wow," plus fountains, green spaces, and skyscrapers.

Advance reservations are appreciated: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

PHLF thanks VisitPITTSBURGH and the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for helping underwrite its free public walking tours.

"Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in July

Bring your friends and make reservations for PHLF's ultimate downtown walking tour, "Downtown's Best." Staff and docents are offering the two-hour walking tour every Wednesday in July, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, for groups of about 10 people.

You'll see more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spaces––and receive Whirlwind Walk, a handsomely illustrated 100-page guidebook.

The tour is $20 per person and advance paid reservations are required. For reservations and tour details, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).


 





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Save the Date: Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures
Sun., Aug. 17 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Ever wonder what your family heirloom is really worth? Come to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures and find out!
 
Bring your prized possessions to the History Center on Sun., Aug. 17 to learn the historical significance and monetary value of your items from nearly 30 professional appraisers. During the event, KDKA-TV cameras will roam the museum and the most unique items will be featured on the "Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures" television program hosted by KDKA-TV's Ken Rice and History Center President and CEO Andy Masich beginning this fall. 
 
Admission to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures is included with regular museum admission and is free for History Center members. History Center members also receive special access from 9-10 a.m.
 
Visitors may bring up to two items in to be appraised. Experts from the History Center's new Museum Conservation Center, including an expert from the Smithsonian Institution, will also be on hand to discuss the best conservation tips for your treasures.  
 
Click here for more information
 
Steamboat Arabia Artifact of the Week
 
This iron household tool, produced by the Pittsburgh Novelty Works circa 1856, was found on the Steamboat Arabia. A three-in-one tool, it can help remove boots, tighten a wagon bolt, and 
pull a nail from the wall. Talk about useful! 
 
The tool is one of over a million objects unearthed from the Steamboat Arabia 150 years after it hit a tree snag and sank in the Missouri River. See it and many more sunken treasures as part of the Pittsburgh's Lost Steamboat: Treasures of the Arabia exhibition.
From the Library & Archives

Enjoy your summer with these vintage Pittsburgh postcards from the Detre Library & Archives. (c. 1910s & 1930s )
 

Upcoming Events
 
Fri., Aug. 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a high-energy performance of authentic live Italian music from DisCanto, a group of Italian conservatory-trained musicians and Italian folk scene veterans specializing in the music of the Abruzzo region's farmers and shepherds.
Fort Pitt Museum | Sat., Aug. 9 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
Join Dr. Holly Mayer, associate professor of history at Duquesne University, as she speaks on community building and cultural integration in the militia during the American Revolution. This event is free and open to the public. 
 
Fort Pitt Museum | Sat., Aug. 9 and Sun. Aug. 10 
Celebrate the anniversary of the oldest building in Pittsburgh - the Fort Pitt Block House - at the Fort Pitt Museum. Learn how the Block House was built and experience a blacksmith's forge. At 12 p.m., the cannon crew will fire the cannon. 
Become a Member
Join the Heinz History Center as a member and enjoy all the benefits, including FREE admission to Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures on Sun., Aug. 17.
 

Plan a Visit
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA,15222
412-454-6000
Hours & Admission
 
 


A proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Senator John Heinz History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, and presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. 


 
 
 
 

 





 


 

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center Events

Join us in July for hands-on workshops at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg. All workshops/seminars are free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, Pa 15221

Workbenches, Design and Construction
Saturday, July 12, 2014
10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.


Regis Will, a member of Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers Association and historic preservation enthusiast, will give a hands-on presentation on the design and construction of a workbench. A workbench is a necessary tool for anyone involved in Do-It-Yourself projects. Come learn how to construct one and help us as we build a workbench for the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center.

Home Buying by Dollar Bank
Monday, July 14, 2014
6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m.


Come for this free credit-counseling and credit-repair workshop given by Dollar Bank. This seminar will include instruction on how to save for your first house; how to monitor your credit, and how to access grant money for closing costs associated with mortgage financing. Come ready to access your free credit report and to go through an evaluation of your credit profile.

Film Screening: The Rise and Fall of Penn Station
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
6:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.


In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world.

But just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that heralded and represented the American Empire was slated to be destroyed. The destruction of this important landmark was one of the defining moments in American history that gave birth to the modern preservation movement in America. Join us for a screening of this documentary for a comprehensive look back at this defining moment in historic preservation.

Restoration and Green Building Materials
Thursday, July 24, 2014
6:00 p.m.— 7:30 p.m.


Restoring old and historic houses is "green building" because repurposing our built environment helps reduce our impact on the natural environment. To that end, if you're concerned about the materials you're putting into your house, come to this workshop by Ian Miller, who will discuss leading construction products for green building, chemical sensitivity, and sustainability.

Grow Pittsburgh and PHLF Host Urban Gardens Bus Tour

Saturday, July 19, 2014
2:00 p.m.— 5:00 p.m.
$35 members; $60 non-members


Meeting location: 1:45 p.m., Landmarks Preservation Resource Center (LPRC), 744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg
Free parking is available across from the LPRC


We'll board a 24-passenger bus in Wilkinsburg and tour three urban gardens with Julie Pezzino, Executive Director of Grow Pittsburgh. All three gardens are connected with major community revitalization efforts.

The first stop, Braddock Farms, is Grow Pittsburgh's largest production site. All the produce is grown according to organic standards. Fresh produce of the day will be available for us to purchase (bring cash!). In Homewood, we'll visit a school garden created at the Helen Faison Arts Academy, and in Wilkinsburg we'll see "Piano Place," a community garden inspired by a Pittsburgh Public School student's design! The Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, the starting and ending point for the tour, is just a short walk from "Piano Place." The center will be open––and lemonade and cookies will be served.

Reservations are required by Monday, July 14: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

Millvale Walking Tour: Vanka Murals and Main Street

Saturday, July 26, 2014
2:00 p.m.— 4:30 p.m.


$10 members; $35 non-members
Meeting location: 1:45 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 24 Maryland Avenue, Millvale


Come see the progress that is being made in restoring and illuminating the world-famous murals by Maxo Vanka inside St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Millvale––and tour Kelly Art Glass, the newly formed Millvale Community Library, two urban gardens by Allegheny Grows, and the one-of-a-kind businesses in Millvale's historic main street district. Community leaders and residents will join PHLF's Louise Sturgess in leading this tour.

Reservations are required by Wednesday, July 23: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.

I enjoyed the walking tour. I work downtown and walk the streets every day and wonder about the history of the buildings. I really enjoyed seeing the artifacts in Three PNC. I would really love to tour all of the oldest buildings in downtown Pittsburgh and thank you for putting this program together.
––Joan Brennfleck, June 20, 2014

PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured. Click here to read comments from recent participants.

On any Friday in July (except July 4), meet our PHLF docent at Noon on Grant Street near Sixth Avenue (at the Omni William Penn Hotel entrance) and enjoy our "Gems of Grant Street" walking tour. You'll see several historic interior spaces well-deserving of a "Wow," plus fountains, green spaces, and skyscrapers.

Advance reservations are appreciated: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

PHLF thanks VisitPITTSBURGH and the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for helping underwrite its free public walking tours.

"Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in July

Bring your friends and make reservations for PHLF's ultimate downtown walking tour, "Downtown's Best." Staff and docents are offering the two-hour walking tour every Wednesday in July, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, for groups of about 10 people.

You'll see more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spaces––and receive Whirlwind Walk, a handsomely illustrated 100-page guidebook.

The tour is $20 per person and advance paid reservations are required. For reservations and tour details, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).
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Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.

Our guide was extremely personable and knowledgeable. His enthusiasm was apparent. The time flew by and the tour gave me a sense of the city that I only had a glancing knowledge of before.
––Maggie Balsley, July 14, 2013

PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured.

On any Friday in June, meet our PHLF docent at Noon in PNC Triangle Park (Fifth and Liberty avenues, across from the Fairmont) and enjoy a guided walk of the Market Square area. You'll see architectural details that delight the eye, new skyscrapers under construction, a living wall, and three LEED-Gold certified developments––all in a walk around a few blocks.  

Advance reservations are appreciated: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527), Director of Membership Services.

PHLF thanks VisitPITTSBURGH and the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for helping underwrite its free public walking tours.

"Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in June and July

Bring your friends and make reservations for PHLF's ultimate downtown walking tour, "Downtown's Best."

Staff and docents are offering the two-hour walking tour every Wednesday in June and July, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, for groups of about 10 people.

You'll see more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spaces––and receive Whirlwind Walk, a handsomely illustrated 100-page guidebook.

Please meet at 9:45 a.m. in the plaza outside One Oxford Center, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Grant Street. The tour is $20 per person and advance paid reservations are required. For reservations, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

Preservation Resource Center Workshops

Join us in June for hands-on workshops at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg. All workshops/seminars are free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, Pa 15221


Michael Wetmiller— DIY PIttsburgh

At some point, and regardless of economic conditions, your home will need repairs or improvements. Don’t pay for professional services when you can Do-It-Yourself and save money. In this workshop, students will learn essential repairs and improvements through hands-on experience in basic home improvement skills.

Basic Home Improvement and Repair (part three)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.


Basic Home Improvement and Repair (part four)
Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m
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Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.

Our guide was extremely personable and knowledgeable. His enthusiasm was apparent. The time flew by and the tour gave me a sense of the city that I only had a glancing knowledge of before.
––Maggie Balsley, July 14, 2013

PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured.

On any Friday in June, meet our PHLF docent at Noon in PNC Triangle Park (Fifth and Liberty avenues, across from the Fairmont) and enjoy a guided walk of the Market Square area. You'll see architectural details that delight the eye, new skyscrapers under construction, a living wall, and three LEED-Gold certified developments––all in a walk around a few blocks.  

Advance reservations are appreciated: please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527), Director of Membership Services.

PHLF thanks VisitPITTSBURGH and the Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation for helping underwrite its free public walking tours.

"Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in June and July

Bring your friends and make reservations for PHLF's ultimate downtown walking tour, "Downtown's Best."

Staff and docents are offering the two-hour walking tour every Wednesday in June and July, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon, for groups of about 10 people.

You'll see more than 25 architectural landmarks, spectacular interiors, and significant urban spaces––and receive Whirlwind Walk, a handsomely illustrated 100-page guidebook.

Please meet at 9:45 a.m. in the plaza outside One Oxford Center, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Grant Street. The tour is $20 per person and advance paid reservations are required. For reservations, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).

Preservation Resource Center Workshops

Join us in June for hands-on workshops at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg. All workshops/seminars are free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, Pa 15221

Michael Wetmiller— DIY PIttsburgh
At some point, and regardless of economic conditions, your home will need repairs or improvements. Don’t pay for professional services when you can Do-It-Yourself and save money. In this workshop, students will learn essential repairs and improvements through hands-on experience in basic home improvement skills.

Basic Home Improvement and Repair (part three)
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.


Basic Home Improvement and Repair (part four)
Thursday, June 26, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m
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  http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/updates.htm  
 
MAYOR & THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE $200,000 GRANT TO HELP VETERAN HOMEOWNERS IN PITTSBURGH
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will receive funds in support of servePGH's Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP)
Sent 06/11/2014 @ 1:07 pm

PITTSBURGH, PA  (June 11, 2014)  -  Mayor William Peduto today announced that The Home Depot Foundation will provide $200,000 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, a partner with the city’s Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP), to expand services to support 28 veterans’ home repairs in the Pittsburgh region.  

Mayor Peduto was joined by Councilman Corey O’Connor to kick-off this round of funding at a local veteran’s home in the Hazelwood neighborhood. The event included representatives from The Home Depot, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, SHIP’s partner organizations and local volunteers.

“The Home Depot Foundation has been a key partner of this program, and I’m excited to continue this collaborative home repair work to support our residents,” Peduto said. “We place a high value on serving our city’s veterans, and we’re ready work hand-in-hand with our partners to ensure we’re meeting their most critical needs.“

As part of the City’s servePGH initiative, SHIP began serving City of Pittsburgh residents in January 2012, after receiving a $500,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. SHIP has also been funded by the RK Mellon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation. To date, SHIP has engaged over 2,000 volunteers, leveraged over $1M of monetary and in-kind donations, and repaired and weatherized nearly 150 homes.

“We’re putting our funds and the time and talents of our Team Depot volunteers to work across the country to help address the housing needs of our veterans – from providing safe housing for homeless veterans to ensuring disabled veterans can maneuver throughout their homes,” said Fred Wacker, director and COO of The Home Depot Foundation. “Through our efforts, we’ve seen that the greatest impact is made when public and private partners work together to make a difference, and we’re glad to be a part of that here with Rebuilding Together and the City of Pittsburgh.”

SHIP repairs and weatherizes the homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents in collaboration with local nonprofits and citizen volunteers and is built on the Cities of Service Sustainable Home Makeover Blueprint. The first-ever collaboration of its kind, SHIP allows low-income homeowners access to a variety of services at once. SHIP is a joint effort of the City’s servePGH initiative, the City’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the following organizations: Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Allies, ACTION-Housing Inc., Nazareth Housing Services, and The Pittsburgh Project. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is the fiscal agent for this Home Depot Foundation grant. SHIP’s supporting agencies are Neighborworks of Southwestern PA and Pittsburgh Community Services. Community partners a re Operation Better Block and The Birmingham Foundation. Find more information at pittsburghpa.gov/SHIP

 

ABOUT SERVEPGH

servePGH was launched in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh’s citizens in service and answer President Obama’s national call to volunteerism. Through innovative servePGH initiatives, citizens have been engaged in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life’s challenges, and more. More than 8,700 volunteers have committed nearly 57,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available atpittsburghpa.gov/servepgh.

 

ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA

The Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership, based on the Cities of Service Blueprint, is supported by The Home Depot Foundation, Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA.  AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.

 

ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE

Founded in September 2009 in New York City by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 16 other mayors from across the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. American cities face serious challenges and many mayors want to take advantage of every resource available to them – including the time and energy of public-spirited residents – to address those challenges. But in cities across America today, citizen service is often an underutilized or inefficiently utilized strategy by municipal governments. By leveraging citizen service strategies, Cities of Service helps mayors address local needs and make government more effective. To learn more, visit citiesofservice.org or follow us on Twitter @CitiesofServ ice.

 


Italian American Bollettino
Ciao Amici!
 
The winter months were busy for the Italian American Program. While Mother Nature turned down the thermostat, we stayed warm by working in the archives, researching the collection, and conducting new oral histories. If you were not aware, the History Center has a fantastic assortment of oral history interviews with first, second, and third generation Italian Americans. These audio recordings are unique primary source materials that provide insight into the community not found anywhere else. Like our artifact and archival holdings, we continue to grow this area of our collection. Currently, we are looking to meet local Italian Americans that were a part of the second wave of Italian emigration after 1945. If you have family or friends who immigrated to Western Pennsylvania during this period that might be interested in talking to the History Center, please contact me at memarinaro@heinzhistorycenter.org to learn more.
 
Until the next bollettino, you may keep up-to-date with the Italian American Collection here.      
 
Distinti saluti,
Melissa Marinaro
Curator, Italian American Program
 
 

Preserving Your Italian Heritage
 
Upcoming Programming 
Sat., June 28 | 10 a.m. - noon
 
A continuation of last summer's program "Preserving Your Italian Heritage through Artifacts," visitors will receive a behind the scenes tour of the History Center and learn how the museum catalogs and conserves artifacts, as well as best practices for handling and storing your own family heirlooms and keepsakes.
 
The morning will begin with light refreshments and a lecture by Melissa Marinaro, curator of the Italian American Program. Next, the group will tour the Grace M. Compton Conservation Lab and the future Visible Storage Area in the Sigo Falk Collections Center. The workshop will continue in the History Center's new Museum Conservation Center with Paula Andras, museum collections technician, and Barb Antel, conservation services manager, who will offer instruction on how to properly handle and store three-dimensional objects, textiles, photographs, and paper materials. After the workshop, attendees are encouraged to explore the History Center.
 
The Preserving Your Italian Heritage: Parte Seconda workshop is $15, which includes admission to all History Center exhibitions, and is free for History Center members. No special admission discounts apply. Space is limited, so reservations are highly recommended. Please RSVP to Melissa Marinaro at 412-454-6426 or memarinaro@heinzhistorycenter.org.


DisCanto
Fri., Aug, 8 | 7:30 p.m. 
 
Enjoy ethnic Abruzzese and Mediterranean music performed by Italian folk musicians DisCanto, in town from Italy for their U.S. summer tour.
 
DisCanto, a group of Italian conservatory-trained musicians and Italian folk scene veterans, specialize in the music of the Abruzzo region's farmers and shepherds. Their leader, Michele Avolio, is perhaps the foremost living performer and researcher of authentic Abruzzese song. DisCanto's music reinterprets traditional Abruzzese and ethnic southern Italian music through contemporary and traditional instrumentation. The songs evoke the wild Apennines that have defined Abruzzo's culture and cover historical themes of celebration, mourning, struggle - against nature, injustice, and poverty - and defiance.
 
Come to the History Center's Mueller Center ready for a high-energy performance of live music!
 
Event partners are Michaelangelo Productions and Monaca Sons of Italy Lodge.
 
The DisCanto performance is $10 and $5 for History Center members.
 

Boccee Tournament  
Sat., Aug.16, 2014 | noon - 7 p.m.
 
Save the date for the Fifth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival on Sat., Aug. 16, 2014. This all-day event, organized by Jack Mascaro of Mascaro Construction Company, features live entertainment, delicious Italian food and drinks, and most importantly, bocce! All proceeds from the event benefit the History Center's Italian American Program, which is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of Italian Americans in Western Pennsylvania.
 
Bocce courts will be set up in the parking lot under the Veterans Bridge overpass, adjacent to the Hampton Inn at 13th & Smallman Streets. This event is free and open to the public, so come show your support for the History Center's Italian American Program!
 
 
For questions about sponsoring a bocce team, please contact Angela Ford at 412-454-6405 or agford@heinzhistorycenter.org
 


Past Programming
Scholar-in-Residence, Poet Laureate of North Carolina Joseph Bathanti
  
This winter, the Italian American Program hosted its first Scholar-in-Residence, Poet Laureate of North Carolina Joseph Bathanti.
 
We had a fantastic time with Mr. Bathanti during his two week stay at the History Center. Together, we visited K-12 schools, colleges, and universities where Mr. Bathanti talked to students about the value of education and how his Italian heritage influenced his writing career. He also read excerpts from his publications "East Liberty," "This Metal," "Restoring Sacred Art," and "The High Heart" at engagements with 90.5 WESA's "Essential Pittsburgh," KDKA's "Pittsburgh Today Live," Robert Morris University Radio, and the Dante Alighieri Society.
 
When Mr. Bathanti wasn't busy with community outreach, he was working studiously in the History Center's Detre Library & Archives. He focused his research on archival records and oral histories in the Italian American Collection that concerned the history of East Liberty's Larimer Ave. and Italian American WWII veterans. He also managed to find time to host a memoir writing workshop. As we receive updates from Mr. Bathanti, we will fill you in on the progress of his scholarship.
 
To hear Mr. Bathanti's interview on "Essential Pittsburgh," please click here
   
Shawl belonging to Providenza Rinella Crisanti
Italian American Collection Highlight
Shawl belonging to Providenza Rinella Crisanti  
  
This shawl belonged to Providenza Rinella Crisanti, an immigrant from Termini Imerese, Sicily. Mrs. Crisanti immigrated to Pittsburgh in 1927 shortly after she married. Her husband Giovanni, also from Termini Imerese, came to Pittsburgh in 1908 as a teenager to meet his brothers; orphaned as children, the Crisanti boys lived with paternal uncles in America and peddled fruits and vegetables in Mount Oliver and Mount Washington to earn a living. They eventually grew their small business and established Crisanti Produce Company in the Strip.
Giovanni & Providenza Crisanti, 1931
Giovanni & Providenza Crisanti, 1931
 
Like many immigrants, Mrs. Cristanti had vivid memories of her journey to America. In her oral history, which is housed in the Detre Library & Archives, she recalled what she knew of Pittsburgh at the time: "I had no idea [laughs]. Everybody was there. And people was returning from America. They brought their daughter, they change. They had no property, they were buying property. They were buying things. You know, they were in bad condition when they left. And, well, I was hoping things were much better..." As a young bride pregnant with her first child, Mrs. Crisanti traveled by ships from Palermo to Naples and Naples to New York, and suffered from frequent sea sickness. After a few years in Pittsburgh, the Cristanti's returned to Sicily for three years with their children to fulfill a promise made to Providenza's mother. It was on the return trip that Mr. Crisanti wore this beautiful tan fringed shawl made from rough silk with painted flowers. 
 
 
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New Happenings!

Transit riders and local citizens are invited to share their vision for the future of public transportation in our region by visiting Port Authority’s new community engagement website, Forward Thinking, located at
 
 
The site presents a variety of questions on topics including capital projects, barriers to transit use, and accessibility for seniors and riders with disabilities. Participants can share their thoughts or weigh in on ideas submitted by others.  Also participating in the site discussion are local officials and Port Authority leadership, including CEO Ellen McLean, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Port Authority Board members Sen. Jim Brewster, Rep. Dom Costa and John Tague.  The site will be active through June 13 at minimum.
 
The website launch also coincides with last week’s Urban Land Institute (ULI) advisory panel on public transportation. The ULI panel focused on strategies for improving transit, interviewing local officials and stakeholders, and presenting its recommendations at the end of the week.
 
Riders and community members who do not have internet access are invited to share their vision of a modern public transportation system by mailing their ideas to:
 
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345 Sixth Avenue, Floor 3
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Save the Date: Hometown Homegrown™
Sat., June 21 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate the region's passion for food at the third annual Hometown Homegrown™.


At this fun and flavorful food expo, sample a variety of foods from nearly 40 vendors representing the best of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with Pittsburgh's top chefs, including Kevin Sousa, Bill Fuller, and Chris Fennimore.

Vendors for this year's Hometown Homegrown™ include: 5 Generation Bakers, BBQ Stu's, Common Plea Catering, East End Food Co-Op, Green County Soap Co., John the Craftist, McGinnis Sisters Special Food Stores, Moe's Southwest Grill, Narcisi Winery, PA Preferred Program (Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture), Pet Bakery of Oakmont,  Pittsburgh Public Market, PittsBurgher Highland Farms, Robyn's Nest Pottery, S&D Polish Deli, Soergel Orchards, Snowey Eats and Treats, Steel City Farm, Stone House Mixes, The Olive Tap, The Pop Stop, Twirly Girl Baking Co., Uncle Charley's Sausage Co., Wholey's, Wild Purveyors, special guest Yelp, and more to come. 

 

Activities are free with museum admission and free for History Center members. The regular admission price includes free food samples. Select vendors will also have additional items available for purchase.   

 

Hometown Homegrown™ is presented in partnership with GoodTaste! Pittsburgh.   

 

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Raymond Fern, Loved by Family and Friends, Respected by Peers



Raymond Fern was a veteran’s veteran.  He served in the United States Air Force, doing a tour of duty in Korea through 1953.  After his service in Korea, Ray received an honorable discharge from the Air Force as a Sergeant.  He always would tell anyone who would listen that Korea was the “coldest place he had ever been to”.  For fifty-nine years his loyalty and dedication to his fellow comrades continued.  A great portion of his time was spent at the local Veteran’s Administration Hospitals, where he amassed over 15,000 volunteer hours.  In a relentless manner, he served those who had lost their health – the hospitalized veteran – with the motto “Keep ‘em smiling in beds of white”. 

In 2006, Ray Fern became the International Supreme Commander of the United States Military Order of the Cootie (MOC), which is the Honor Degree of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and was honored at a banquet in a room packed full of dignitaries and colleagues from twenty-two states across America as well as having speakers such as Past Commander-in-Chief Jim Goldsmith, Major Ronald Dickens, USAF (RET), and Jim Dykes representing Senator Jane Orie.  He was the only Pittsburgher ever to achieve this status in the then Cootie 87-year history. 

Ray became a member of the Jene-Mager VFW Post 278 in Bloomfield in 1984.  He amassed exceptional achievements attained by hard work and personal sacrifice that resulted in Fern’s prestigious rise through the ranks, including being named as Outstanding Commander and All American Commander for each of the offices he held.  He was also awarded the distinction of being 100% as Post Commander, County Commander, and District Commander.

                        Ray was invited to join the MOC in 1989 and became a Life Member in 1993.  Again, his support of all fellow veterans became the most important factor while he rose through the ranks culminating in being elected as International Supreme Commander, MOC in 2006.  He was named as the All*Star Grand Commander of Pennsylvania in 2000 and was awarded the coveted Pennsylvania Cootie of the Year Award in 2002.  From 2000 to 2012 Fern was the Editor of the MOC newspaper, Cootie Courier

Ray held membership as Chairman/Commissioner of the Keystone Kops Program, Commissioner in the National Home Fire Department, Life Member in the Texas Horny Toads, Life Member in the Department of Europe Bier Busters, Life Member in the Pacific Areas Paddy Daddy Program, and was a very proud recipient of the 2004 Legion of Honor Award received from The Chapel of Four Chaplains.  He was also a member of the Korean War Veterans (Life Member), American Legion, Merchant Marines, Knights of Equity, Loyal Order of the Eagles, Catholic War Veterans, and a 32nd Degree Mason.

Ray served on the Board of Directors of the Bloomfield Preservation & Heritage Society, served on several committees of the Bloomfield Citizens Council, and has received Distinguished Service Awards from them for his patriotism.  From 1997 to 2006, he also served on the Board of Directors for Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall.  He previously served as Hospital Chairman for Sharing and Caring, Pittsburgh.

Ray was also honored by his home town by having City Council Member Bill Peduto and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl declare October 31, 2006 as “Ray Fern Day in Pittsburgh”.  Ray served the City of Pittsburgh as a Constable from 1995-1998.  He belonged to St. Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church Parish (formerly Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish), where he served as an usher.

In all of America, Fern’s brightest light shines in the eyes of the Veterans he served and the family he loved so very dearly, his wife Patti Donatelli Fern, his daughter Ilona Fern Grenzig, and son-in-law Bill Grenzig, and grandson Matthew.  Ray was the son of the late Winifred Fern and was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Wednesday and Thursday, November 14-15, 2012 at Zalewski’s Funeral Home, 216 Forty-fourth Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15201.  Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Fr. Doug Boyd, will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 16, 2012 at St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Campus (formerly Immaculate Conception Church).

 


 

 


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