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“Portable Pittsburgh” Builds Hometown Pride and Knowledge

“The children really need an understanding of where they live in this world. Portable Pittsburgh supplements our unit studies.” ––Pittsburgh Public School teacher

Karen Cahall, PHLF’s education coordinator, helps third-grade students understand how Pittsburgh has grown and changed over time by having them unwrap “mystery artifacts” and by showing them images of Pittsburgh from 1765 until 2014. Through her hands-on discussion and interactive presentation, students are able to “visualize the progression of time in Pittsburgh and understand how people lived throughout the years,” according to one teacher.

Portable Pittsburgh is one of the programs PHLF presents to Pittsburgh Public Schools through its “Building Pride/Building Character” program, offered through the state’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. Contributions from the following corporations and private foundations are funding PHLF’s programming in 2016-17:


  • First National Bank of Pennsylvania
  • McSwigan Family Foundation
  • Alfred M. Oppenheimer Memorial Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • PNC Bank


  • Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc.
  • Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company
  • Huntington Bank


  • Hefren-Tillotson, Inc.
  • Maher Duessel, CPA
  • C. S. McKee, LP
  • UPMC
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