University of Pittsburgh
October 17, 2014

Historic Pittsburgh Fair Presented at Pitt

Oct. 21 event offers chance for public to learn tips on preserving family history, meet curators of region's finest archives
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PITTSBURGH—A celebration of the University of Pittsburgh’s Historic Pittsburgh online archive will take place at a fair from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 21 at the University Club Ballroom B, 123 University Place, Oakland. 

Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of texts, maps, images, and videos that supports personal and scholarly research of theA view of Downtown Pittsburgh in 1943 from the Pittsburgh City Photographer Collection, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh. Western Pennsylvania area. The University Library System operates the online archive in partnership with more than a dozen local institutions, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Monroeville Historical Society, Northland Public Library, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Rodef Shalom Congregation, and Senator John Heinz History Center, among others.

Attendees at the Oct. 21 fair will be able to meet representatives from all of the Historic Pittsburgh partnering institutions. Individuals knowledgeable about genealogical and house history research will be on hand to explain how people can preserve their own family papers, digital archives, and photographs.

The event will include presentations from two professionals who utilize Historic Pittsburgh in their work: 

1:30 p.m., Steve Mellon, a multimedia producer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who came to Pittsburgh in 1989 to work as a photographer at the Pittsburgh Press. While there, he was a runner-up in the National Photographer of the Year competition. He joined the Post-Gazette as a staff photographer in 1997.

2:30 p.m., Angelique Bamberg, an instructor in Pitt's Department of History of Art and Architecture who teaches Introduction to Historic Preservation Art. Bamberg is using the Historic Pittsburgh site in her research project at Chatham Village, a community of townhomes on Mt. Washington built in the 1930s that went on to receive international acclaim and a 2005 designation of a National Historic Landmark.

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