Monday, July 23, 2007

Peoples' Pittsburgh History Project Meets Tonight

State Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Pittsburgh) today will host a kickoff meeting for the “Peoples’ Pittsburgh History Project Version 250,” an initiative of citizens and local historians inspired by Pittsburgh’s rich history and enduring legacy.

The event will be held this evening, Monday, July 23, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the City County Building Lobby in Downtown Pittsburgh.

“The mission is to hear all sorts of voices from the breadth of our diverse city,” Senator Ferlo said. “It is simply impossible for any single initiative to cover such a vast and storied history as Pittsburgh’s. The goal of Peoples’ Pittsburgh History Project is to gather the good, the bad, and even the ugly stories of our past to inform our future. The History Project will supplement the other efforts that are already underway, including Community Connections.”

Community Connections is a program of the Allegheny Conference on Regional Development’s Pittsburgh 250 project. Community Connections is being administered in partnership with The Sprout Fund.

Peoples’ Pittsburgh Version 250 has been conceived as an open source project and will work to develop creative projects that emphasize equity, humanity, and the legacy of past, present and future Pittsburgh.

“This is a great opportunity for all Pittsburghers, no matter what your affiliation or background, to have a voice in what is vital to Pittsburgh’s story,” said Ferlo. “I look forward to hearing all the diverse and creative ideas this initiative will inspire.”

Let's make sure that voices from our neighborhoods are heard!

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