All Aboard for PHLF’s “People & Places” Trolley Tour
For the first time, PHLF will be offering a trolley tour for fourth-grade students in two Pittsburgh Public Schools that will help them learn about the person for whom a Pittsburgh place is named. Then, students will draw a building, bridge, or park that they imagine could be designed, or restored, and named for them in the future, based on what they hope to accomplish in life.
“Our fieldtrip begins in the Dollar Bank Heritage Center,” said Louise Sturgess, executive director of PHLF, “where so much biographical information is presented about a diverse group of early Pittsburgh immigrants who opened accounts at Dollar Bank. The trolley route also includes several buildings and a park in the Cultural District and three bridges leading to the North Shore, as well as the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, August Wilson House, and Freedom Corner.”
“This fourth-grade tour builds upon our third-grade trolley tour to five historic Pittsburgh places,” added Karen Cahall, education coordinator at PHLF. Ten schools will be participating in PHLF’s “Building Pride/Building Character” trolley tour this spring. Over the years, many third-grade students have called the full-day tour to the City-County Building, Allegheny County Courthouse, Fort Pitt Museum, Fort Pitt Block House, Duquesne Incline, and Points of View statue on Mt. Washington “the best fieldtrip ever.”
With Molly’s Trolleys back in business, PHLF is happy to be expanding its trolley tour opportunities.