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Lecture: Heritage Preservation in the City

April 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lecture: Heritage Preservation in the City

Allen Dieterich-Ward
Associate Professor of History
Shippensburg University
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Beginning with the rise of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development in the 1940s, metropolitan Pittsburgh became a laboratory for public policy experimentation that would lay the pragmatic foundations on the municipal level for what would later be termed neoliberalism. The election of Peter Flaherty as mayor in 1969 was generally seen as a retreat from the massive urban renewal of the city’s postwar Renaissance. Even so, the willingness of city officials to work with nonprofit organizations, including the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (Landmarks) offered opportunities for new public-private partnerships based on a nascent vision of community revitalization through rehabilitation rather than the removal of existing infrastructure.

About the Presenter: Dr. Allen Dieterich-Ward is an Associate Professor of History at Shippensburg University. He is a specialist in environmental, economic, and urban history with a research focus on the development of modern Pittsburgh. His book, “Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America,” was recently published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. It is among the first books of its kind to provide readers with a truly metropolitan history that integrates the urban core with its regional hinterland of satellite cities, white-collar suburbs, mill towns, and rural mining areas in an engaging narrative style.

This lecture is free to PHLF Members. Click here for more information about PHLF membership and please join!

Non-members: $5

RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Mary Lu Denny at 412-471-5808 ext. 527


April 14, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, 15221 United States
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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633