Pittsburgh and the area of Western Pennsylvania have been built around the industry that was fostered here. The industries in need of labor brought hundreds of Americans and Europeans to immigrate to this area for a better life and work. The industries were extremely diverse and included steel, glass, aluminum, railroads, food and oil. Industries were led by individuals such as John Ford, John Pitcairn, Andrew Carnegie, Bernard Gloekler and Henry Heinz. These individuals took risk and had Providence smiling upon them.
Our speaker, Mac Milne from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) will take us back to those times, those industries, neighborhoods of the plants and neighborhoods of the workers. Due to the vast employment opportunties, Pittsburgh attracted a wide variety of immigrants, desiring to live alongside others from their former countries. Pittsburgh ended up with 82 neighborhoods with ethnic groups bringing their culture to our region. Deutschtown, Polish Hill, Bloomfield, Squirrel Hill are but a few of those hamlets. Mr. Milne will give us a presentation on Pittsburgh’s Industrial Past on Sunday February 16, 2014 in the Cranberry Township Municipal Center Council Chambers at 2:00 pm. His program will not just cover Pittsburgh, but the entire region including the Grove City/Slippery Rock area.
Mac himself has a history to tell. He was born in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh close to the old Duquesne Gardens. (You sports fans will remember it as our first indoor sports venue, best known for hockey. Tying back to industry, the Gardens had the first rink with glass above the boards. The glass called Herculite was developed by Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company (PPG) and allowed the Garden to take down wire mesh for good.) Mac worked for two well know companies, Mellon Bank (which funded most industries he will talk about), then US Steel Company. He then went into journalism and worked for the United Press (UP) and Reuters. As a journalist, he has worked in Washington DC, Montreal, Northern Ireland, Ethiopia and Brussels. His talk will now take him to Cranberry Township. He presently works as a professor at Robert Morris University, teaching Ethics. Mac has volunteered with the PHLF for 15 years and is also a railroad historian along with being a skilled photographer.
Please join us on February 16th for this most informative talk. As always, the presentation is free to members and the general public, and light refreshments will be served. Bring a friend and learn about our historical industrial heritage!