Thursday, March 17, 2011

Remembering Pittsburgh: An Eyewitness History Of The Steel City

Thursday, April 14 at 7:00pm

To celebrate National Library Week, we've invited one of Pittsburgh's well-known journalists to share his fascinating accounts of our city's historical events, both large and small, from its founding to the onset of World War II.

Len Barcousky, county government reporter with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has put together a collection of his Eyewitness columns in which he compellingly retells the headlines of long ago...from the Whiskey Rebellion to the Great Fire that destroyed a third of the city in 1845 to President Coolidge's almost-silent visit in 1927. Mr. Barcousky's book, Remembering Pittsburgh: An Eyewitness History of the Steel City, serves as a fine reminder that the local newspaper has been on the scene documenting the life of our region long before historians ever got around to it.

Join us as Mr. Barcousky vividly recounts the compelling stories of our city's history, including some little known events such as the first woman hanged in Allegheny County and a car that was driven up and down one of the city's inclines to prove it could handle our steep hills and deep valleys.

Copies of Remembering Pittsburgh will be available for purchase. Please register for this program online or by calling the adult services reference desk at 412-366-8100, ext.113

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