P. O. Box 4015 Arsenal Station
Pittsburgh, PA 15201-0015


2020 Lecture Series

Lectures are on the third Wednesday of the month (except when noted) in Lawrenceville’s Carnegie Library at 279 Fisk Street. Starting time is 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact us at our e-mail address: Foster15201@gmail.com.

January 15, 2020

The Life and Legacy of Henry Phipps
Rose Hydeman, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens docent and local historian, will discuss the life and legacy of Henry Phipps. From his childhood years to his business relationships with Pittsburgh industrialists and to his grand gift of the conservatory and gardens to the city of Pittsburgh.

March 18, 2020

Breaking Protocol: America’s First Female Ambassadors, 1933-64
Philip Nash, Associate Professor of History at Penn State Shenango, examines the careers of the first six women to run U.S. embassies overseas. The lecture will explain the challenges they faced, their successes and failures, and their long-term legacy. It will also pay particular attention to the colorful Perle Mesta, US Minister to Luxembourg (1949-53), who had a strong Pittsburgh connection.

May 20, 2020

A Tour of Vandergrift in Photos and Stories
Vandergrift, PA is a historic community and unique in many ways. From its layout by the design firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, to its story as the first worker-owned, planned factory community in the United States. Historic and present-day photographs will take you on a tour through Vandergrift and its history in a presentation by Sara McGuire, a Vandergrift native and author of “Vandergrift Then and Now” from Arcadia Publishing.