2019 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.
March 20, 2019
Pittsburgh: Metropolis of Corruption
Rich Gazarik, author of Wicked Pittsburgh, will remind us when the city was an evil, sinful, immoral and corrupt town. Pittsburgh was once dubbed the “Metropolis of Corruption” because of decades of vice, crime, and dirty politics. The colorful cast of characters includes criminals such as “Dicebox Miller” and “Fainting Bertha.”
May 15, 2019
Local historian Jude Wudarczyk explores a forgotten part of the neighborhood’s magical heritage. Learn about Ray S. Sugden — also known as “Tampa the Great” — who rivaled Howard Thurston, Ray Kellar, and other leading magic performers of his era. Sugden even earned the praise of Harry Houdini. As a special treat, magician Joe Geever will demonstrate some slight-of-hand tricks.
July 17, 2019
Elisabeth Roark, Ph.D., of Chatham University, shares her knowledge of the Porter monument in Allegheny Cemetery, a larger-than-life bronze angel backed by a 20-foot granite cross. She explores its origins in Milan, Italy; its sculptor, Enrico Butti; the commission that brought it to Pittsburgh in 1884; the fate of Butti’s marble original; and its reconstruction in bronze in the 1930s.