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“Free to the People”: Historic Pittsburgh Fair to Highlight City’s Rich History

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main to introduce patrons to many of Pittsburgh’s historical organizations and resources

Pittsburgh, PA  –   – 

On Saturday, October 15 from 1-4 pm, the Historic Pittsburgh Fair will return to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main in Oakland after a three year hiatus to feature local history institutions, speakers and activities including a DIY scavenger hunt, historical tours and more.

The event next month will give patrons the opportunity to reengage with their local library and learn about different organizations working to make historical tools and research collections accessible to everyone.

“Here in Pittsburgh, we’re incredibly fortunate to have a variety of groups and individuals sharing a passion for our city’s unique history and educating community members of all backgrounds and identities,” said Amy Welch, CLP Library Services Manager- Local History, Archives and Special Collections. “The fair is a great opportunity to shed light on the countless art, media and archival resources available to Pittsburghers.”

Patrons will get the chance to visit exhibitors such as Carnegie Mellon University Archives, CLP Music Archives, Lawrenceville Historical Society and The Pittsburgh Queer History Project. The event will also feature a presentation from Rick Sebak on “Curiosities & Weird Questions” about Pittsburgh, and a panel discussion about the accessibility of CLP’s collections.

Event details

*No registration required. The event is free and open to the public.

Where: Second floor of CLP – Main (Oakland), 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213
When: Saturday, October 15 from 1-4 p.m.

12 p.m. – Historic tour of CLP Main

1 p.m. – Rick Sebak’s introduction on “Curiosities & Weird Questions” about Pittsburgh

2 p.m. – Historic tour of CLP Main

2:30 p.m. – Overcoming Accessibility Barriers: Panel about the accessibility of CLP’s collections, featuring LAMP/Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh & Carnegie Museum of Natural History

3 p.m. – Historic tour of CLP Main

*Tour signs up will be available at the CLP Archives & Special Collections table on the second floor. Follow the signs!

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