Meaningful, Relevant, Educational Programs
Year-round, PHLF offers a variety of educational programs that bring the Pittsburgh region’s rich history and architecture to life for people of all ages and abilities.
Through guidebooks, illustrated lectures, hands-on workshops, artifact kits, tours, poetry and art, architectural design challenges, career awareness programs, after-school enrichment, an Architecture Apprenticeship, and special events, PHLF involves more than 12,000 people each year in learning about the region’s significant architectural heritage.
In the process, participants develop a sense of hometown pride, learn to value diversity (because it’s the different styles and ages of buildings that make a city distinctive), and have the chance to imagine, inquire,investigate, explore, create, and share.
“We are able to offer a full-range of meaningful, relevant educational programs because of the generous contributions we receive from many foundations and donors,” said Executive Director Louise Sturgess.
“We can do that because we have a terrific group of docents who aid our staff by volunteering more than 2,000 hours each year to lead tours and to present lectures,” she added.
A Pittsburgh Public School teacher summed up the satisfaction that many thousands of people feel after participating in one of PHLF’s award-winning educational programs: “A million thank-yous. The knowledge that my students and I acquired today will last a lifetime.”