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Historic Rails to Recreation Trails: How Tracks Come Back

May 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Lecture: Historic Rails to Recreation Trails
How Tracks Come Back
Matthew Hyland
Architectural Historian

Thursday, May 3o, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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

This talk presents an overview of the national rails to trails movement with a particular focus on how the program fosters historic preservation. Through select case studies, Matthew Hyland will present various challenges of utilizing historic railroad alignments for recreational trails. The talk will highlight tensions between memory, heritage, and history that emerges in this development of our usable past.

About the presenter: Matthew G. Hyland is an experienced architectural historian, with expertise in historic preservation practice and public history education. He has completed numerous Section 110 and Section 106 above-ground compliance projects, intensive-level historic resource surveys, National Register eligibility evaluations, criteria of effects determinations, preservation treatments, and mitigation programs. Dr. Hyland has taught historic preservation at the university level and published articles in peer-reviewed journals on aspects of the history of historic preservation. His work experience also includes cultural resource management projects within the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Virginia, and within the States of West Virginia, New York, Ohio, Florida, Maryland, and Delaware.

This lecture is FREE to the public. RSVPs are appreciated: or 412-471-5808 ext. 527.


May 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, 15221 United States
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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