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Descriptions of Pittsburgh Exhibit, Spring 2016 @ Archives & Special Collections

This exhibit brings together writings, quotes, images, and emotions related to the Pittsburgh area from 1750 to the present. It uses a wide selection of the Special Collections materials to illustrate the importance of Pittsburgh through the years.

Descriptions of Pittsburgh in Maps, Words, and Images from 19th Century Accounts of the Ohio to the Present. March through July 2016, Monday through Friday 9 am to 4.45 pm. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

Descriptions of Pittsburgh

Since it's incorporation 200 years ago, Pittsburgh has seen a myriad of social and economic changes. Coupled with this have been visits from people across the globe, and the elevation of Pittsburghers to national and international acclaim. This exhibit brings together their writings, quotes, images, and emotions related to the area from 1750 to the present. It uses a wide selection of materials from Special Collections and the Archive Service Center to illustrate the importance of the Pittsburgh area throughout the years. 

Pittsburgh Bicentennial

Pittsburgh Bicentennial (1816-2016) logo

The Pittsburgh Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of the official 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Pittsburgh as a city, giving citizens the right to vote and the opportunity for self-governance. Mayor William Peduto formed the Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commission to recognize and celebrate the anniversary with unique and collaborative partnerships. Over 200 organizations, companies, nonprofits and individuals are participating in the yearlong celebration. For more information log onto or contact Holly Bulvony at 412-471-4160.


This guide was created by HAA Exhibit Design and Installation Intern, Caris Windhausen in the Spring of 2016.

The page "Visiting Special Collections" was writen by Kiana Gonzalez, 2015-2016 MLIS Diversity Intern.

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A&SC at Hillman Library

3960 Forbes Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-648-8190


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