Wheeling Through History A Great Success

YPA’s Wheeling Through History, held on Saturday, September 20, 2008, was a great success for all who attended.  YPA’s core tour, the North Side Tour, was supplemented with two new tours, South Side and Strip District-Lawrenceville.  

Cyclists joined YPA, Venture Outdoors, and Rivers of Steel as they embarked on a journey through history on information-age bikes on a sunny, warm Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  Visitors were afforded a contemporary view of Pittsburgh’s most historic neighborhoods by neighborhood residents, such as the Neighbors in the Strip, Lawrenceville Historical Society, Rivers of Steel, Mexican War Streets Society, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and the Manchester Historical Society.  

Among the responses from tour participants was, “I had no idea!  There’s so much history I didn’t know about, and it was so fun to learn.”  Another participant said, “I had SUCH a good time!  Thanks for putting it together!  Would love to bring some folks to take the Wheeling Through History tour… now that I know how absolutely cool it is!”

YPA is grateful to Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for sponsoring the tours.  Support also came from City Councilman Patrick Dowd, the Heinz History Center, Rivers of Steel, and the Urban Redevelopment Authority.  YPA thanks all those who volunteered their time to make the three tours a great success.

City Council Honors YPA

Dan Holland, John Burgess, and Councilman Patrick DowdSeptember 16, 2008.  Today, Pittsburgh City Council honored the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh with a Proclamation supporting YPA’s Youth Heritage Festival and Wheeling Through History Bike Tours to be held this fall.

The Proclamation was sponsored by Councilman Patrick Dowd.  The Proclamation commends YPA for its “important work in shaping informed, responsible, and active future leaders.”

Accepting the Proclamation on behalf of YPA was YPA’s CEO Dan Holland and intern John Burgess.  YPA is grateful to Councilman Dowd, as well as his staff, Elaine Zelmanov and Sean Capperis, who was a YPA intern in 2004 and served on the YPA Board.

YPA-Sponsored Students Visit Fallingwater

The generosity of Board and Advisory Committee members of the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh enabled 9 college students to attend the world-famous house in Fayette County, Fallingwater, on Friday, September 5, 2008, free of charge.  

The students represented the following schools:  California University of Pennsylvania, Geneva College, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed masterpiece is a central attraction for rural southwestern Pennsylvania, but few young people get to experience it in this detail.  

YPA held a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Fallingwater during an enchanted late summer evening.  Guests shared wine, cheese, and good food, as well as a calm dusk tour of the popular house.  For this special occasion, photos were allowed inside the house.  

YPA invited guest speaker, the Pittsburgh architect, Jerry Morosco, to provide a brief overview of his experience at Wright’s Taliesin.  Morosco is the immediate past chairman of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and an accomplished South Side-based preservation architect.

Student Colleen Schmidt of California University of Pennsylvania had this to say about the experience:

“Because of [YPA’s] generosity, I was able to experience a truly unforgettable evening at Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater location.”

YPA is grateful to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for co-hosting the event.

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