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  1. Apply for a Landmarks Scholarship in April

    For the twenty-second year, thanks to funding support from PHLF’s Brashear Family Named Fund, the McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Dollar Bank Foundation, and others, PHLF is offering a scholarship program for high-achieving, community-minded, high-school seniors in Allegheny County who will be attending college or university in the fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is April 21, 2020. Applications can be downloaded HERE, and applicants can learn more about the eligibility requirements and criteria by clicking here.

    Since 1999, PHLF has awarded scholarships to 76 high school seniors who care deeply about the Pittsburgh region. The scholarship award of $6,000, payable over four years to the recipient’s college or university, is for book and tuition expenses only. In addition, PHLF has awarded Honorable Mentions (a one-time gift of $250) to 14 students since 2016. Thirty-five of these 90 recipients attended Pittsburgh Public High Schools and 55 attended other schools within Allegheny County.

    As part of the Landmarks Scholarship application, students are asked to describe in an essay a place in Allegheny County especially important in their life; these essays­–all archived at PHLF–show how our scholarship has helped future preservationists, architects, designers, and planners realize their career dreams and remain connected to the Pittsburgh region. If you would like to donate to our Landmarks Scholarship Program to help it grow and to ensure that it continues, please click here or contact Mary Lu Denny at PHLF. Thank you!

  2. Celebrating Our Homes: Digital and At-Home Resources for All Learners

    What better place to start learning about the value of community than at home? Through the many educational resources available on our website, learners of any age can continue to engage with the world, learning more about architecture, math, art, and science through the historic buildings that are the fabric of our neighborhoods. To jumpstart students’ creativity, we are challenging all students to share their own artistic interpretation of their home. Using pencils, crayons, markers, charcoal, paint––or whatever materials students may prefer ––students can observe the features of their own home, and then draw their home. Once finished, be sure to share a picture of the final masterpiece on Facebook or Instagram tagging us and using the hashtag #renewingcommunities or #PHLF. Together, we can create a virtual quilt, a digital community!

    Creating an artistic interpretation of home can be a great starting point for learning and discussion, because children are familiar with the place where they live. Ask children questions about their house or apartment and encourage them to think, remember details, and express their thoughts through drawing. What shape is their house? Is it attached to another house or does it stand alone? How many windows and doors does it have? Talk about the rooms, spaces, and activities that go on inside and outside. Initial your artwork, and write the name of your neighborhood, if you like. And remember––share the final product with PHLF on social media tagging us and using the hashtag #renewingcommunities or #PHLF.

    More of our resources for at-home learners are listed below:

    Architecture and Body-building

    DRAW your neighborhood as you learn English and Spanish!

    STEAM materials: at-home trivia cards, word problems based on Pittsburgh’s historic bridges and buildings, historic Pittsburgh images, timelines, French and Indian War geography, Kennywood simple art activities, and more can be found here.

    Architecture Bingo (In Spanish/En espanol!) for the more advanced Spanish student.

    Historic Preservation Word Search ((In Spanish/En espanol!)

    Architecture, the Building Art

    Go on a Downtown Dragons VIRTUAL TOUR!

    Learn all about MAIN STREETS through fact sheets, fun quizzes, and more.

    The more advanced learner can take in Architectural Historian Albert Tannler’s thought-provoking articles on significant architectural topics relevant to anyone living in the Pittsburgh region HERE.

    Visit our ONLINE GALLERY of past education programs to see examples of some of these resources and for more inspiration.

    Connecting people to the built environment has been our mission for many years; when people know a place, they care more about it and work to see it thrive. While immediate physical connection to our city and neighborhoods is not possible right now, all of us can still connect to the built environment around us through these resources. If you have questions about how to implement these ideas, feel free to contact Sarah Greenwald, PHLF’s co-director of education at sarahg@phlf.org, and share your stories of connection with us on social media!

  3. Pittsburgh Banksville Participates in PHLF’s “People & Places” Trolley Tour

    For the second year, PHLF is offering its People & Places trolley tour to fourth-grade students in three Pittsburgh Public Schools as part of its EITC Building Pride; Building Character program. PHLF’s People & Places tour introduces students to the important people in Pittsburgh’s past, through the buildings, bridges, and parks named after them. This trolley tour builds upon students’ prior learning experience on PHLF’s third-grade trolley tour, which uses visits to the City-County Building, Courthouse, Fort Pitt Museum, Fort Pitt Blockhouse, and Incline to teach students about the importance of caring for Pittsburgh’s historic places––and the importance of building their character in the process.

    The adventure begins when students board a modern interpretation of a historic transportation form––a trolley! The first stop is Dollar Bank’s Heritage Center, where students learn firsthand about Pittsburgh’s history of diversity through generations of deposit accounts interpreted through the Heritage Center’s historic exhibits.

    The exploration continues as students ride the trolley through Downtown and across three bridges, pointing out the places named for various people: Stanwix Street—General John Stanwix; Forbes Avenue—General John Forbes; Heinz Hall—the Heinz family; Fort Duquesne Boulevard—Marquis Duquesne; the Roberto Clemente, Andy Warhol, and Rachel Carson bridges; and the Convention Center—David L. Lawrence. Stopping at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, one of our cooperating partners for this program, students learn all about the man for whom this vibrant and creative building is named, while reading some of the playwright’s own words about his city.

    Visits to August Wilson’s house and Freedom Corner round out the day. Along the way, students are given time to fill in their trip book with reflections on their journey. Most importantly, students are asked to imagine a place in Pittsburgh that––either adapted, created, or restored, they would want named for them in the future, and why. All of these valuable tours and explorations are possible only through the support of our donors. To view highlighted pictures from past EITC program years, click here.

    These successful programs are always in need of corporate support! To contribute to PHLF’s “Building Pride, Building Character” (BPBC) EITC program, please click here.

  4. PHLF’s “Building Pride, Building Character” Program Continues to Inspire

    At the top of the school
    Watching the students
    Make sure they’re safe
    Protecting the students
    Covered in copper
    Watching the students
    The sun to their world
    Lighting their future
    To protect the students

    ––Fifth grade poet,
    Whittier Elementary School

    PHLF’s “Building Pride; Building Character” program gives elementary and middle school students in twelve Pittsburgh Public Schools the opportunity to become explorers, artists, poets, and people who work to improve our communities. This academic year, we have successfully completed Poetry & Art workshops with four Pittsburgh Public Schools, and presented three Portable Pittsburgh in-school presentations.

    This March, our “Building Pride; Building Character” program continues, with our in-school career awareness exploration, our full-day, trolley tour to five historic sites in cooperation with Council representatives, the Mayor’s Office, Fort Pitt Museum, Fort Pitt Block House, and Duquesne Incline, and our Pittsburgh People & Places trolley tour in cooperation with the August Wilson African American Cultural Center.

    In PHLF’s career awareness exploration, “People Who Work to Improve Our Communities,” students begin to understand how the skills and knowledge they are acquiring in school will help them become engineers, bankers, architects, lawyers, HVAC technicians, electricians, contractors, public officials, etc. Through colorful posters, tools of the trade, maps, and discussions about their school and community, students have the chance to discover how their future career choices can help improve their community.

    On PHLF’s all-day trolley tour, students learn about Pittsburgh’s history and architecture in order to understand the importance of caring for its historic places––and build their character in the process. PHLF’s Pittsburgh People & Places trolley tour, in cooperation with the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, introduces students to some of the people for whom our buildings, bridges, and parks are named. All of these valuable tours and explorations are possible only through the support of our donors. To view highlighted pictures from past EITC program years, click here.

    These successful programs are always in need of corporate support! To contribute to PHLF’s “Building Pride, Building Character” (BPBC) EITC program, please click here.

  5. PHLF Awards $93,717 for Renovation of Historic Religious Structures.

    The Historic Religious Properties Grant Program of PHLF has awarded a total of $93,717 in matching grants and technical assistance to 11 congregations in Allegheny County as part of its 2020 funding cycle. The monies, which will leverage over $1.5 million raised by the congregations, will be used to fund restoration, renovation, and maintenance projects on the historic structures utilized by religious organizations. The work ranges from slate roof repairs to stained glass window restoration, and masonry repointing, among other needs.

    PHLF is the only nonprofit organization in Allegheny County offering a continuing program of financial and technical assistance to historic religious property owners. Since 1997, we have awarded more than 250 such grants totaling more than $1 million and provided more than 60 technical assistance consultations.

    Our effort is made possible through individual donations, private foundations, and our Donor Advised Funds. For more information about this program, contact David Farkas: david@phlf.org or 412-471-5808 ext. 516.

     

    2020 Grant Recipients

    $10,000– Church of The Ascension, Shadyside—masonry repairs and pointing

    $7,950– Church of the Redeemer, Squirrel Hill— Restoration of stained glass in narthex

    $9,900– Clark Memorial Baptist Church, Homestead– Entry column repair; spot pointing

    $10,000– Eastminster Presbyterian, East Liberty–– Restore 1 porch stained glass window

    $10,000– First Baptist Church of Pittsburgh, Oakland– Slate roof repairs; downspout replacement

    $3,150– First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, Downtown–– Stained glass window repair

    $10,000– St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Shadyside–– Repaint exterior wood trim

    $10,000– St. John The Baptist Ukrainian Church, South Side–– Install new handicapped ramp to sanctuary

    $7,483– Third Presbyterian Church, Shadyside– Restore main entry doors

    $5,234– Tree of Life Open Bible Church, Brookline– Replace six casement windows with historically appropriate wood-clad windows.

    $10,000– The Union Project, East Liberty– Restore original stone entry stairs

  6. PHLF’s Winter Interns “Look Up” to See Their City

    Over the years, PHLF has been fortunate to have many volunteer interns. This winter, we welcomed two more: Margaux Wilson, from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, who finished her internship in January; and Karlena Calabro, also from IUP, who will be helping out at PHLF until early spring.

    Over my winter break I decided to apply for a volunteer internship at Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Among the many activities I helped out with during my internship, I participated in a staff walking tour of Downtown Pittsburgh in late December. During this tour, I realized that by not “looking up” I was missing out on the beauty of Pittsburgh. When I looked up at the different buildings, I finally got to see the amazing details of places I thought I was familiar with! For example, in Market Square, I never realized how intricate and decorative the human-scale buildings are, even though I have been in Market Square before. Along Fourth Avenue’s Historic District, I never stopped to look up before; if I had, I would have seen the small details that make the buildings feel so impressive!

     At first, I was nervous that I would not find anything interesting during my walk, but I was wrong. This tour allowed me to see a different side of my city and explore it from a new perspective. Now when I walk around Pittsburgh––or any other city––I start looking up at the buildings and admiring the architecture.

    ­           –Margaux Wilson, IUP, majoring in Art history (minoring in Asian Studies).

    Interning with PHLF has been an insightful and exciting experience. I was given the chance to examine artifacts from Pittsburgh’s past and help set up educational tours/programs for Pittsburgh students. I have worked in archival studies and even examined hand written letters from 1863!

     At PHLF, the history of Pittsburgh comes alive and is totally accessible. It makes me feel more in touch and knowledgeable about the city and people around me. I am very happy with my internship so far.

    – Karlena Calabro, IUP, majoring in Anthropology (concentrating in archaeology).

    Below is a gallery of photographs taken by our winter intern Margaux Wilson during her walking tour of Downtown Pittsburgh.

  7. Landmarks Scholarship Opportunity for Allegheny County Students

    For the twenty-second year, thanks to funding support from PHLF’s Brashear Family Donor Advised Fund, the McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, Dollar Bank Foundation, and others, PHLF is offering a scholarship program for high-achieving, community-minded, high-school seniors in Allegheny County who will be attending college or university in the fall of 2020. “The students selected by our committee already feel connected to the city and its history and will hopefully continue to serve the region as leaders in promoting PHLF’s values,” said David Brashear, a PHLF trustee and the program founder.

    “I know now that […] I will be able to achieve my dream of becoming an architect and one day, hope to allow my creations to be a new part of history in my hometown of Pittsburgh.” This essay from a Landmarks Scholarship recipient in 1999 demonstrates the powerful impact our scholarship program can have. Each applicant is asked to describe in an essay a place in Allegheny County that is especially important to him/her; these essays show how our scholarship has helped future preservationists, architects, designers, and planners actualize their career dreams and remain connected to the Pittsburgh region.

    If you would like to donate to our Landmarks Scholarship Program to help it grow and to ensure that it continues, please click here or contact Mary Lu Denny at PHLF. Thank you!

    Since 1999, PHLF has awarded scholarships to 76 high school seniors who care deeply about the Pittsburgh region. The scholarship award of $6,000, payable over four years to the recipient’s college or university, is for book and tuition expenses only. In addition, PHLF has awarded Honorable Mentions (a one-time gift of $250) to 14 students since 2016. Thirty-five of these 90 recipients attended Pittsburgh Public High Schools and 55 attended other schools within Allegheny County. The application deadline is April 21, 2020. Download an application HERE or click here to learn more about the eligibility requirements and criteria.

  8. PHLF’s “Building Pride, Building Character” Program Poetry & Art Begins

    This February, our fourteenth year of place-based education programs with twelve Pittsburgh Public Schools continues, with four Pittsburgh Public Schools participating in PHLF’s Poetry & Art tour on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University.  We will also share our Portable Pittsburgh Artifact Kit with PPS Roosevelt and Dilworth students.

    PHLF is able to offer these field trips and in-school activities for the Pittsburgh Public Schools through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. This year, Dollar Bank donated $5,000 to support this program, in addition to corporate sponsors from 2019:

    • First National Bank of Pennsylvania,
    • Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company,
    • Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.,
    • Maher Duessel, CPA,
    • PNC Bank,
    • The Buncher Company, and

    This program also receives foundation support from:

    • The Eat’n Park Hospitality Group Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation, and
    • The McSwigan Family Foundation Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

    The students involved in “Building Pride, Building Character” tours and enrichment activities have a chance to know their city better, and through knowing, to care about it more.

    During Poetry & Art, students tour CMU’s campus, drawing inspiration from architectural details and using them to jumpstart their own creative work. After exploring the campus, students create original poetry compositions as well as charcoal artwork.

    Portable Pittsburgh––an in-school presentation––shares Pittsburgh’s rich past through REAL artifacts! Over thirty mystery artifacts are given to students for them to guess their use and place in time. After examining each artifact, students discover Pittsburgh’s history as told through each artifact. Pre-historic tools, minerals such as coal and limestone, 20th century children’s clothing, and Heinz ketchup bottles all combine to bring Pittsburgh’s architecture and history to life.

    To view highlighted pictures from past EITC program years, click HERE.

    ­­These successful programs are always in need of corporate support! To contribute to PHLF’s “Building Pride, Building Character” (BPBC) EITC program, please click HERE.

Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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