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Pop-up museum highlights South Side history


October 2, 2018

In celebration of the 25th year of the historic designation of East Carson Street by the City of Pittsburgh, residents and friends of South Side came together at City Theatre's Hamburg Studio on August 15 and heard storytellers share their memories of Carson Street.

Residents will have another opportunity to share their memories of the past during a pop-up museum event at the Prince of Peace Parish Center on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 3 – 6 p.m. A pop-up museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate.

Participants may bring photographs, articles or other artifacts to display or just show up to see what is on display. Current residents or former South Siders who have artifacts to share should bring them to the center at 2:30 p.m. to allow time to be set up on one of the display tables.

People dropping off artifacts are welcome to stay with what they bring or return at 6 p.m. to claim their items. They can also choose to see what others have brought to share. Participants are to take their artifacts with them when they leave the center at 6 p.m. These items may relate to Carson Street or other areas of South Side. The intent of the three-hour pop-up museum is to stim-ulate conversation around South Side's history.

The August 15 and October 20 events are projects of the South Side Community Council, whose mission includes celebrating and embracing the neighborhood history. As the council con-tinues to gather interviews from residents for their South Side Voices: Stories on Carson project, there will be an opportunity for visitors to the pop-up museum to be interviewed if they would like to share their experiences on Carson Street.

Those who would like more information about the pop-up museum and/or the interviews, should contact the council by email at or by telephone at 412-467-6735.

The pop-up museum is being held on this date to coincide with the Pittsburgh History and Landmark Foundation's (PHLF) tour of South Side that will take place on October 20 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to stroll through the commercial and residential heart of South Side, between 12th and 18th streets, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the East Carson Street City Historic designation.

PHLF docents will share stories about the colorful, adaptable commercial and residential buildings bordering East Carson Street and several side streets. The tour is limited to 30 partici-pants and costs $35 ($10 for PHLF members). For more information, email or call 412-471-5808, ext. 527.


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