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Archives & Special Collections Exhibits

Guide on Past and Current Archives & Special Collections Exhibits @ the University of Pittsburgh Library System - Oakland (2020-present)

Get to the Point! Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Merge to Form Pittsburgh's Point

Date of Exhibition: Spring 2020-Spring 2022

Curator: David Grinnell (Coordinator of Archives and Manuscripts)

Location: Digital Interactive Wall, Archives & Special Collections exhibit gallery, 3rd floor Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh 3960 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Description: The converging Allegheny and Monongahela rivers form a low-lying, 225-acre triangle of land which slopes gently westward, ending in a point. Here the Ohio River begins its nearly 1000 mile long journey to its junction with the Mississippi River. This "point" and its accompanying triangular land parcel have long been a significant geographical and historical landmark in North America. They have also been the functional and symbolic heart of the City of Pittsburgh and its region.