Work on your New Year's Resolution and Register Today!
Due to icy conditions on Saturday, January 3, an additional kick-off training run ("2.0") has been scheduled for this Saturday, January 10. Thanks to everyone for all of the updates via social media, and for your patience and caution given the conditions we were all facing last Saturday.
We have not confirmed participation from all vendors and sponsors who participated last week yet, but here is the info we have so far:
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Time: Check-in opens at 7:30 AM, Runs begin at 8:00 AM
Location: 810 River Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Distance: Runs will be available in 3-6 and 7-11 mile distances. Pacers will be provided.
GAMES, PRIZES AND MORE FUN STUFF
Did you receive our Holiday Postcard? Save it and bring it with you to the Kick-Off Training Run 2.0, where we'll be giving away more great prizes in a drawing using the holiday cards! If you didn't receive a card don't worry - we'll have extra available for those who didn't receive one.
Our friends from DICK'S Sporting Goods will be back, and there will be food, drinks and prizes!
RSVP for the Training Run today! Click here for more information, and to reserve your spot.
MORE TRAINING RUNS!
Can't make this week's training run? Check out our Steel City Road Runners Club
which offers three group training runs each and every week. The Steel City Road Runners Club (SCRR) is Pittsburgh's premier running organization dedicated to providing events, services, and programs that are aimed to keep runners doing what they love to do - RUN.
SCRR caters to a wide variety of fitness levels, from the walker to the avid runner. Our coaches and ambassadors are here to help with any questions you might have along the way. Let's run together! To learn more about SCRR, click here.
DON'T BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD - PRICES INCREASE JANUARY 14
Our rate increase is taking a snow week! Current prices are extended through next week. Rate increases (for the Full, Half and Relay) will now go into effect on January 14. (Previously scheduled to increase on Jan. 7) So get in now before 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Registration is filling quickly and you don't want to get locked out! Click here to register!
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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
Jan. 1, 2015
Happy New Year!
As we look to 2015, I want to highlight some of the areas where we are working in the preservation real estate development of Downtown Pittsburgh.
We’re completing the façade restoration of the last two buildings—the John M. Roberts & Son and the Skinny Building at Forbes Avenue and Wood Street—among the 10 building facades, which were selected for restoration through a $4 million grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the City of Pittsburgh.
We will complete the restoration of the Thompson’s Building, which will see the launch of a new gourmet grocery store and wine bar at 435 Market Street.
We’re seeking funds for the full restoration of 413-415 Wood Street, which housed Weldin’s Bookstore for many years. Across the street at 422 Wood Street, our new tenant Katie’s Kandy—leasing 2,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space—is doing very well in the recently restored cast-iron building.
We will continue to consult with valued partners who are working to revitalize Downtown, including Point Park University, McKnight Realty Partners, the Davis Companies, and Millcraft Investments, among others.
As we enter 2015, I hope you will also join us for our various educational events, walking tours, and programs at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg.
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation
At PHLF’s Board of Trustees meeting on December 24, the following new trustees were elected to the Boards of PHLF and its subsidiaries.
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation:Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chief Urban Affairs Officer, City of Pittsburgh; Curtiss Porter, PhD, Chief Education and Neighborhood Reinvestment Officer, City of Pittsburgh
Landmarks Community Capital Corporation:C. William (Bill) Griffin, Executive Vice President, Lender Processing Services, Inc., President, Fownes Foundation; Jim Ferlo,
Board Member, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh
Landmarks Development Corporation: Sola Talabi, Product and Project Delivery Risk Manager, Westinghouse; Annette Ganassi, Realtor, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Give to Historic Religious Properties in 2015
"Historic religious properties not only represent significant cultural and architectural values, butthey anchor neighborhoods by providing free space for social service agencies and community organizations.
––Arthur Ziegler, President, PHLF
Your contributions this month will aid applicants in 2015. Please click here to contribute and designate your gift to historic religious properties. "If every reader of this E-news contributed $25.00 or more, we would have a sizeable pool of funds to award as matching grants to congregations in Allegheny County who are undertaking critical exterior building repairs in 2015," said David Vater, chair of PHLF's Historic Religious Properties (HRP) committee. "I encourage people to give generously so we can help others."
"Since PHLF underwrites the staff and operating costs of the HRP program, 100% of each donation is awarded in the form of matching grants to directly fund restoration work," noted Kathy Testoni, Vice-Chair of the HRP Committee.
Since 1997, PHLF has awarded 247 matching grants totaling more than $1 million to help restore key historic religious properties in Allegheny County. Your support will help us continue this valuable program of financial and technical assistance that has produced significant preservation results.
PHLF's HRP program is the only grant program in Allegheny County dedicated to restoring historic religious buildings that are active places of worship and centers for community services.
Please donate today!
Preservation Easement on Penn Garrison Building
PHLF has accepted a donation of a historic preservation easement on 900 Penn Avenue, a mixed-use building at the corner of Ninth Street and Penn Avenue, in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District, Downtown.
The donation by 900 Penn Avenue, L.P., which transpired on December 31, 2014, is a legal agreement between the property owner and PHLF, and it places permanent, mutually agreed to restrictions on this historic property to protect it from inappropriate alteration, development, and destruction.
“We’re excited to have secured the future of this important contributing structure to the Penn-Liberty National Register Historic District,” said PHLF President Arthur Ziegler.
The six-story red-brick building, built in 1885, is the former W.G. Johnston and Company Building, which was converted into upper-floor apartments and also houses the renowned restaurant, Nine on Nine.
Lending for Community Development in 2014
Landmarks Community Capital Corporation (LCCC), the lending arm of PHLF and a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), provided capital to numerous projects throughout the Pittsburgh region in 2014. Whether your organization is planning on acquiring a historic building, or restoring an existing one, LCCC wants to work with you. For information, please contact Rob Wagner at 412-471-5808 ext. 538.
The loans that closed in 2014 are:
1109 Liverpool St. and 1401 Columbus Ave, Manchester: $373,000 in financing to Manchester Citizens Corporation for the rehabilitation of these two important buildings in historic Manchester. Each building has three stories with optional live/work space on the first floor and residential spaces on the upper floors.
Centennial Building, Fourth Ave., Downtown: $295,000 loan to Tesla Real Estate Holdings, LLC, for interior renovations of this 1876 building. LCCC also provided a $50,000 loan and technical support for restoration of the building's facade.
Bloomfield-Garfield Community Activity Center: $99,000 construction loan to Bloomfield Garfield Corporation for interior and exterior building improvements to this community asset in Garfield. The building is a former Methodist church built in 1898 and located at 113 North Pacific Avenue.
143 S. Main St., Washington, PA: $142,000 loan to Market House Holdings, LLC, for the purchase and facade restoration of this 1860 building which houses first-floor retail tenants along with apartments on two upper floors. LCCC will also supply technical advice for the facade restoration.
Thompson's Building Grocery Store at Market Square: $150,000 loan to Falbo Vallozzi, LLC, to fund permanent building improvements to the architecturally significant Thompson's Building owned by PHLF. The first-floor space will be converted into a much-needed specialty grocery store to open in 2015.
Join PHLF and Receive the Annual Newsletter
"What I really recommend is joining PHLF. Membership is extremely reasonable. You'll receive a yearly (terrific!) printed newsletter and discounts on tours, books, etc." ––Angela Marvin, PHLF member
Join PHLF so you can receive the 24-page annual newsletter that will be mailed to members by the end of this month.
Illustrated with more than 150 photos, PHLF News documents recent work and announces new tours, workshops, and priorities. It is one of many benefits that make membership worthwhile. "If all our E-news readers joined PHLF, we would triple our membership," said Executive Director Louise Sturgess.
EITC Donors Fund Educational Programs for PPS
Between January and June, PHLF will involve students from 14 Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) in a series of field trips and presentations connecting classroom curricula to the built environment through its "Building Pride/Building Character" program.
"We are grateful to the following corporations whose contributions to PHLF, through the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program, will underwrite school participation," said Executive Director Louise Sturgess. Lead donors are: BNY Mellon; First National Bank of Pennsylvania; Huntington Bank; and PNC Bank. Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company is a major donor. Patrons are: Allegheny Technologies, Inc.; American Eagle Outfitters; Eat'n Park Hospitality Group; ESB Bank; Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.; Maher Duessel CPA; Pickands Mather; and UPMC. Thank you all!
Landmarks Preservation Resource Center Events
Join us for in January at the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg (744 Rebecca Avenue, 15221) for workshops, seminars, and lectures on historic preservation and restoration topics.
All workshops/seminars are free and open to PHLF members. If you are not a member, please join.
Lecture: National Register and Local Historic District Designations
Thursday, January 15, 2015
DIY Workshop: Basics of Carpentry
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Cost: Free to PHLF members; $5 non-members
Workshop: Painting Your Old House
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Cost: Free to PHLF members; $5 non-members
Preservation Advocacy Update
Allegheny County Courthouse
Allegheny County has selected the firm of Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel to assist in the development of a master plan for the renovation and restoration of the Allegheny County Courthouse.
The county’s Courthouse Restoration Committee—of which PHLF is a member—met in December to consult with the selected firm, which will begin work this year in a three-stage process of fact gathering, identification and weighing of options, and production of a facilities plan for the restoration of the courthouse.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel was established in 1975 and is experienced in restoring significant architectural landmarks. Among the firm’s portfolio is the restoration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Capitol Building.
The Allegheny County Courthouse (1884-1888), designed by Boston Architect Henry Hobson Richardson, is a National Historic Landmark.
The New York State Historic Preservation Office is the latest institution to join the chorus of voices of preservationists calling upon the leadership of the Chautauqua Institution to revise its design plan that would essentially demolish and ruin the historic meeting space that is the Chautauqua Amphitheater.
“I am writing to express my deep concern with the recently announced plan to substantially demolish and reconstruct the Chautauqua Amphitheater. The 1893 building is nationally recognized as the physical, functional and spiritual heart of the Chautauqua Institution,” wrote Ruth Pierpont, New York State’s deputy commissioner for historic preservation, in a December 4, 2014, letter to the leadership of Chautauqua Institution.
Noting that the Amp was the recipient of federal funding for preservation efforts in the 1980s, Ms. Pierpont encouraged the leadership of Chautauqua to consult widely and explore other alternatives before proceeding with its plan.
More than 1500 individuals have signed on to a petition of The Committee to Preserve Historic Chautauqua Amphitheater, which PHLF has already joined as a preservation partner. For more information, visit www.savetheamp.org
Apprentices Propose Plans for Homestead Lot
"The Apprenticeship Program is very rich in knowledge, learning, and experience. It really gives you a good look into the field and how it integrates in society." ––High School Participant, Fall 2014
Eighteen high school students completed PHLF's Architectural Apprenticeship on December 11, 2014, and presented their plans for the vacant lot at 307-09 East Eighth Avenue, Homestead. The five-session course, sponsored by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, is designed to help high school students decide if they want to study architecture in college/university.
Click hereto see photographs of some of the student designs for the vacant lot. They envisioned restaurants, art galleries, a video-game house, coffee shop and yoga studio with a rooftop garden, music hall, apartments, multi-purpose workspace, counseling center and therapy office, frozen yogurt shop and Kabob House, Juice Bar and outdoor garden, pottery studio and cafe, and a music and comic book store, among other concepts.
Are you eager to learn about Pittsburgh? Do you enjoy walking and exploring outdoors? Do you enjoy being with people and sharing information? If you answered YES to all three questions, then consider becoming a PHLF docent.
PHLF docents participate in training and continuing education, lead a variety of walking tours throughout the year, and present lectures throughout the Pittsburgh region. A great sense of camaraderie develops among the group. Please join us!
The Hutchinson Farm in Elizabeth Township, PA, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 19, 1986.
The National Register nomination, prepared by PHLF, stated in part:
“The Hutchinson Farm is one of Allegheny County's few remaining nineteenth-century farms which possesses a good integrity, both in its individual buildings and in its site as a whole. Unlike most of the county's farmhouses of its era, this one has not been absorbed by suburban tract development and maintains a rural environment. Its individual buildings and structures—a farmhouse of c. 1865 with intact Victorian detailing, a canning kitchen/ smokehouse, stone springhouse, and a c. 1930 dairy barn—are excellent examples of their types in Allegheny County. The farm was owned by the Hutchinson family for over 150 years.”
The current owners of Hutchinson Farm have listed it for sale and are interested in buyers who will continue to be stewards of this historic property as they have been over the years. Click here for more information.
If you know where this mystery photo detail is from, then contact Mary Lu Denny(412-471-5808, ext. 527) with the currentbuilding name. Hint: Designed in 1907-08 by Rutan & Russell for a department store, this South Side building now houses loft apartments and has a new name that rhymes.
Congratulations to 2 people who correctly identified last month's mystery photo showing a detail of the former Engine Company No. 25 at 3343 Penn Avenue in Lawrenceville, housing the Roberto Clemente Museum (No. 21). The corbeled brick on the 1896 building façade is exquisite.
Register Early for our best rates and a chance to win great prizes!
Registration opens Tuesday, September 30th at 12:00pm EST for the 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon or the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon. The earlier you register, the bigger the discount!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm - REGISTRATION OPENS with our deepest discount available: $77 for the Marathon, and $70 for the Half Marathon. (Compared to $85/$75 last year!!) During these first 7 hours, all registrants will be entered into the LUCKY 7 DRAWING with winners being selected every hour.
7:01 pm - 11:59 pm - Prices will increase, but will still be discounted: $87 for the Marathon and $77 for the Half Marathon. Register before midnight and you will be entered to win additional prizes!
This Weekend Only: Don't forget to stop by booth 507 at the Great Race Expo. We'll have games and prizes available - including a flat screen TV. Special registration discounts are available only at the Great Race Expo - before open registration begins.
Don't procrastinate - register early for the best rate!
These discounts are availableonline only.
Start your adventure now. 30,000 competitors, $25,000 in prizes and 1 incredible adventure.
Charity Registration for the 2015 Marathon Opens September 22
Commit to a cause and register before the public on September 22, 2014.
The 2015 Run for a Reason charity program will launch the next season of fun and fundraising with an opportunity to register before the public starting on September 22. Commit to charity and receive a guaranteed race entry!
Be a part of a community that has raised over $6 million to date for local and national organizations. No matter your cause, anyone can run for a reason. View our list of Run for a Reason charities, and mark your calendars for registration opening.
Summer Photo Contest Winner Announced
Congratulations to Doug Schunk on winning the "Show Us Your Pittsburgh Selfie" contest. We received so many great entries, and you voted for the winner!
We asked you to take your race shirt from the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon with you on vacation and share a photo with us. If you missed the contest, you won't want to miss the fabulous pictures that were submitted. Click here to see them all and thanks to everyone that participated.
My running coach after a run on the beach. He's the reason why I run. When he was born four years ago, I knew it was time to get serious about my health. I was 330 lbs. and would get winded from walking up the stairs. Now I am under 200 lbs. and ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May in 1:56:07! I can't wait to run it (or the full marathon) again next year!
Show Us Your Favorite Place to Run In the Fall and Enter to Win a North Face Gift Card
Ah, there's nothing like running in the fall. The vibrant oranges and yellows of the leaves brighten every trail and roadway and the crunch, crunch, crunch of the leaves with every footfall keeps the cadence of your run.
Snap a pic of your favorite place to run in the fall and post it with #RunFallFavs. Click on the picture below to find out more about the contest and how to submit your photo.
Register to Run and Volunteer Today!
Registration is booming for the 2nd annual EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. Register now and secure your spot at the starting line.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, November 9. The course will start near Station Square and take you on a scenic tour of some of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods including the West End, North Side, Strip District and Downtown.
If you don't want to run, try volunteering! It's a great way to give back to the community.
Volunteer positions for the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler are now available online - everything from race number distribution to finish line support is needed. Every registered volunteer will receive an official volunteer shirt. Click here for more information and to volunteer.
The Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk is Back for a Second Running
Save BIG for the 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon with special registration rates and compete for over $1,000 in prizes by entering the Let the Games Begin Challenge.
Visit the "Tasting Room" and sample foods from throughout Pittsburgh.
Support small and local businesses while shopping for great deals on fitness apparel and accessories.
Learn about the latest trends, products and services in health, fitness and more.
Pick up your Great Race participant shirt, race number and other materials you will need for race day.
This event is free and open to the public.
Charity Registration Opens - September 22 - Be the first to register for the 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon through the Run for a Reason charity program.
Shadyside House Tour - Sunday, September 21, 11 AM - 5 PM. The Shadyside House Tour is hosted by the Shadyside Action Coalition.
Great Race/Expo - September 26 - 28. Visit the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Great Race Expo at the David L. Lawerence Convention Center on Friday and Saturday. Then join the City in celebrating the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race on Sunday, September 28.
Louis Prima Jr & The Witnesses perform a tribute to his father
Simona De Rosa from Naples, Italy performs with Dr Zoot
Plus MUCH More! See the website for the full Entertainment Schedule.
Proudly celebrating our 13th year, Bloomfield Little Italy Days is a festival you don't want to miss! We'll have cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, Exotic Italian cars, hundreds of vendors and, of course, the BEST entertainment in the city!
Registration Rates Increase on Thursday - Register Now and Save $10
Registration rates for the 2nd annual EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler increase on Thursday, August 14 at 12:01 AM EST.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, November 9 and will start near Station Square and take you on a scenic tour of five neighborhoods including the West End, North Side, Lawrenceville, Strip District and Downtown.
Only a Few Weeks Left to Enter the Annual Summertime Photo Contest
It's hard to believe that Summer is almost over and so is our summertime photo contest. Don't wait any longer to submit your vacation pics donning your DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend shirt. Check out the challenge and the great prizes too.
The challenge: take your race shirt from the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend with you on vacation. Snap a picture while you're out with your shirt, and then send it to us through this link or on Twitter/Instagram using #PghMarathonSelfie. Our fans' favorite picture, the one with the most votes by September 1, 2014, will win a Pittsburgh Prize Pack.
The prize: the picture with the most votes will win a Pittsburgh Prize Pack, which features:
2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon or UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon race registration
One-night stay at a local hotel for 2015 race weekend
Two Race Weekend VIP Experience passes for runners and/or spectators
Click here to submit your photo or cast a vote for your favorite!
Thrilling Finish for Athletes in the Third Annual GNC Live Well Liberty Mile
If you missed the August 1st 1-mile run, it was a close race with a thrilling conclusion in both the men's and women's American Development Program pro races. Jordan McNamara of Eugene, OR and Gabriele Grunewald of Minneapolis, MN put on closing bursts to edge their respective fields. Click here to read the full article.
Direct Energy, Federated Investors and Incline Equity Partners rounded out the top three spots in the Team Challenge heat, which is designed to give corporations a fun and active way to encourage team work and build camaraderie.
Overall, the third edition, with more than 1,000 participants, hosted runners of all ages and abilities and finished with a post-race celebration in Market Square.
Bloomfield's Italian heritage dates back to the early 1900s and Little Italy Days celebrates that tradition. Started in 2002, the festival has grown into a four-day award-winning event with an estimated attendance over 50,000!
UCan2 5K Training Program - August, 2014. SCRR launches it's next "couch to 5K" training program which begins in August. It's never too late. You CAN do it too!
There's no telling what treasures will turn up at Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures.
Landmarks Preservation Resource Center Events
Join us in August for events 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
Film Screening: “The Greenest Building: The Role of Historic Buildings in Creating a Sustainable Culture”
Thursday, August 7, 2014
6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Restoring old and historic houses is "green building" because repurposing our built environment helps reduce our impact on the natural environment.
Join us for a screening of “The Greenest Building,” by Jane Turville, a preservationist, writer, and producer of this important documentary that examines the cost of tearing down our historic built environment.
Following the film, Ms. Turville will discuss the connection between built heritage and natural heritage, and their important role in creating sustainable societies.
Jane Turville, writer, producer and director of "The Greenest Building," received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and interned with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in London, England. She has worked for several architectural firms in the Portland area and more recently as non-profit development director/program manager for the Northwest Earth Institute. With over 12 years experience in historic preservation, architectural design and construction administration, Ms. Turville has given presentations on Portland, Oregon's Old Town historic district and has organized and presented various sustainability conference workshops for teenagers and adults.
Lecture: Pittsburgh—Quirks and All Thursday, August 14, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
Join us for an illustrated lecture about Pittsburgh—quirks and all, by PHLF Executive Director Louise Sturgess, as she reveals the quirks of fate and quirky physical characteristics that have made—and make—Pittsburgh the unique city that it is.
A brief historical introduction about “getting here” is followed by a brief section on “getting around.” This fast-paced visual tour focuses on quirky places in Downtown Pittsburgh and in several city neighborhoods.
RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.
Workshop: House Exterior Woodwork Restoration Saturday, August 16, 2014
10:00 a.m.— 11:30 a.m.
Pittsburgh woodworker and craftsman Regis Will returns to the Preservation Resource Center to give a hands-on presentation and discussion on the maintenance and repair of exterior woodwork to old and historic houses.
RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.
Lecture: Memorable Places and Recent Changes in Pittsburgh Thursday, August 21, 2014
6:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
In this visual feast, which includes more than 310 images, PHLF Executive Director Louise Sturgess shows memorable places in the Golden Triangle, and in areas north, east, and south of downtown, that have undergone recent changes as a result of restorations, adaptive-use projects, and new construction.
The interactive presentation draws on participants’ memories and knowledge of Pittsburgh and reveals how historic preservation efforts have helped create a city of great beauty and character.
RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.
Growing Heirloom Vegetables Saturday, August 30, 2014
10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
Growing your own food is one of the most satisfying forms of gardening. In today’s economy, many are now turning to their backyard vegetable plots to help lessen high grocery bills. Vegetable gardening, especially heirloom vegetables, provides the opportunity to select the varieties you like; plus it provides your family with fresh produce that is free from harmful pesticides.
This lecture, by the Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, will cover the basics of growing heirloom vegetables, preparing the soil, selecting plant and seed varieties (including hybrids and heirlooms), starting plants from seed, planting, tending your plants, troubleshooting problems, harvesting, extending the season, getting the most out of small plots, and putting the garden to bed for the winter.
RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny: 412-471-5808 ext. 527.
"Downtown's Best" on Wednesdays in August
Exciting, fun, and made me realize what a rich history Pittsburgh has.
––Ursula Moeller, July 7, 2014
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 August, 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.
Advance paid reservations are required: $18 (for PHLF members) and $20 for non-members. For reservations and tour details, please contact Mary Lu Denny (412-471-5808, ext. 527).
Free Friday Walking Tours, Noon to 1:00 P.M.
Love these tours. Your work is much appreciated.
––Michael Chester, July 11, 2014
On any Friday in August, meet our PHLF docent at Noon in front of the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel (107 Sixth Street) and enjoy our "Bridges and River Shores" walking tour. You'll walk across the Roberto Clemente and Andy Warhol bridges, explore one of the first urban sculpture gardens in the country, and hear about the significant historic and modern landmarks bordering the river shores.
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 contributing to its free public walking tours.
PHLF's Free Friday Walking Tours in Downtown Pittsburgh continue every Friday through September. Each month a different area of downtown Pittsburgh is featured. Close to 500 people have participated in these walking tours since May. Each walking tour group of about 10 people often includes an interesting mix of business people on their lunch break and first-time visitors.
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.
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 )
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.
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
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.
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).