Educational & Community Programming

for adults & teachers–

Allegheny City’s Legacy

Examine Allegheny City’s legacy– both her rich and storied history, as well as the controversy that was her Consolidation. This discussion will inspire residents to appreciate their neighborhood’s noteworthy past, and help visitors (and those interested in attracting visitors) see her acclaimed place in early southwestern PA. A must for teachers desiring to spark the fire of curiosity and civic involvement in students. As well, it will help all Pittsburgh and Allegheny County citizens better understand the forces behind the shaping of not only neighborhoods, but larger metropolitan areas.

for children–

Allegheny City’s Legacy:
Inspiration for Young North Side Citizens

FREE Fall Workshops for Youth
October – November  2008

“Old Maps & Neighborhood Discoveries”
Field Trips  for ages 7- 14

Come learn about historic Allegheny City– the original name of the North Side of Pittsburgh!  Examine maps showing sunken islands, gilded mansions, the Allegheny Canal and where old Chief Killbuck was laid to rest under a mulberry bush.  All of these will be tracked down on foot on FOUR SATURDAYS. Explore the land of the North Side’s ‘Old Allegheny’– it has such a tale to tell!

October 18, 2008 ~ 9:30 – 11:30 A.M.
Traverse the East Commons & trek over towards “Hopeville”– the lost neighborhood where the Hope Cotton Mill workers lived.  Look up at  O’Hara’s High, Rough Land from the perspective of the earliest land-owners in later-Deutschtown.  See how the Canal came into Allegheny, where the Aqueduct brought the water over to Pittsburgh, and much more!

October 25, 2008 ~ 9:30 – 11:30 A.M.
Today the North Shore, but once three islands!  Stand where the back channel was, and where schoolboys of the 1820s found Delaware George & other Indian graves!  Walk over ground above sunken islands, see the “humpbacked hill” as early natives did, explore General Robinson’s plantation and even “Barefoot Square”– where Andrew Carnegie romped as a boy.

November 1, 2008 ~ 9:30 – 11:30 A.M.
Let’s track down the McKnight mansion and Chief Kilbuck’s mulberry-bush grave!  We will examine the location of the Union Skating Pond, the early Penitentiary, the Irwin Rope Works, the solemn site of Allegheny Town’s earliest “Burying Grounds,”  sleuth the location of the “Glass House Riffle,” and more.

November 22, 2008 ~ 9:30 – 11:30 A.M.
We’ll be high up above the great ridge of the Venango Trail, that the ailing General Forbes wanted to see and which Commodore Perry later traveled all the way to Erie.  Walk across what was once the campus of the Western University of PA, where Langley did his whirlybird experiments off the hilltop, and see the still-standing house and Factory of John Brashear, who patiently taught students about optical lenses for studying the heavens!

Come along on these fun and stimulating Field Trips– learn about history,
how to get involved in your North Side of  today, and also
earn extra credit from your school !!


RSVP required- – To Register for these FREE Field Trips,
please email artist-teacher Lisa Miles:

Information will then be sent to you about Meeting Locations for each Saturday, logistical concerns, etc.

At Northview Heights YouthPlaces
Thursdays beginning October 9, 2008 ~ 4:30 – 6:30 P.M.

The Land of Allegheny City ~ Art Reflections & Map-Making, ages 12 -15.
The study and creative reflection of Allegheny City’s old maps and illustrious history. Work on paper and in clay– art reflections that highlight Allegheny’s landmarks, and new images and maps of the current-day North Side.

“North Side in Our View” ~ High-School Mentors, ages 14-17.
Mentor younger children to become engaged in their neighborhood past & present.  With the potential project of fixing up and holding meetings at the old Brashear Optical Factory on Perrysville Avenue,  this unique group of young leaders will show the North Side and the City of Pittsburgh a fresh direction in stimulating a community via its history!


Community Showcase & Open House
Sunday, November 30, 200
11:30 A.M. – 2 P.M.

Brashear Factory & House
1954 & 2016 Perrysville Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.
Community Dialogues & Youth Art Displayed
Warm Refreshments Served

Support provided by the Buhl Foundation, Triangle  Tech, Sarah Heinz
House, YouthPlaces, Perry Hilltop Citizens Council & PA Cleanways.

Children outside Brashear Factory at Community Showcase

Brashear Factory Community Showcase

Latest News:  10/03/12– Lisa’s intense independent work of the past four years in getting the John Brashear House & Factory nominated by the PA State Historic Review Board (for Federal Historic Designation of these two community properties) has been successful, after 15 + years of the project being stalled by regional community groups.



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