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September 12, 2015

Henry Miller Shreve and His Pennsylvania Roots

Miles Richards
Henry Miller Shreve (October 21, 1785 - March 6, 1851) was the American inventor and steamboat captain who opened the Mississippi, Ohio, and Red rivers to steamboat navigation. Shreveport, Louisiana is named in his honor. His Pennsylvania roots are in Perryopolis on the land once owned by George Washington.

10:00 a.m.   Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Carnegie Museum/Library Parking Garage for $6. For more information, call 412-687-6811.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Lecture Hall
Main Library, Oakland
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


October 10, 2015

American Family Stories: The Telling Takes Us Home
Master storyteller and radio producer Joe McHugh has traveled the backroads of America meeting people and recording their family stories. These stories have been featured on numerous public radio programs including NPR's Morning Edition. They also aired weekly on the international English language service of the Voice of America. An engaging raconteur, he spins a complex tapestry of cherished stories that enliven the imagination and draw us together again as a people. Funny, wise, sometime outrageous, his stories remind us in this emerging age of machines what it means to be human. Go to the website at www.americanfamilystories.org to enjoy some of Joe's favorite stories. He will also have his various publications available for sale at the program, which underwrites the effort to get word out about the women who have made such a contribution.

November 14, 2015

Write, If you Live to Get There: Tracing Westward Expansion through 120 Years of Family Letters
Co-author Mary Jo Sonntag presents Write, If You Live to Get There, which speaks eloquently of the spirited family who chronicled more than a century of living in the letters they wrote to each other, from Pennsylvania and Vermont, to California and places in between. Mere memory might paint our pasts in glittering gold, but the reality that Mary K. Sonntag uncovered in this treasure trove of family letters and photographs, reveals something even more precious. Here is a clear, personal, and intimate glimpse into life in America in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

 


More Upcoming Meeting Dates
WPGS meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month from September through June (except December and January). There are also no WPGS public meetings in July and August.

February 13, 2016
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