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Roll up for the Magical History Tour

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

 
The Northside has a lot of stops for a tour of history buffs. ferris
 
Novelist Willa Cather once taught at a school that isn’t there anymore. Dancer Martha Graham was born in a house that isn’t there anymore. The first professional football game was played on a field that isn’t there anymore. 
 
Artist Mary Cassatt was born in a house that isn’t there anymore. The founding convention of the CIO was held in a building that isn’t there anymore. 
 
The Pittsburgh Platform of the American Reform Movement in Judaism was founded at a meeting in a building that isn’t there anymore. Popular song composer Stephen Foster went to school in a building that isn’t there anymore. 
 
But writer Gertrude Stein’s house is still standing, and, as it turns out, there is a there there.
 
 
oneofoursThe Northside Common Ministries is raising awareness of the rich history of ye olde Allegheny City and raising money for and awareness about its mission — to house 30 homeless men every night and feed those in need, whose numbers exceed 1,000.
 
You can help if you do this:
 
Roll up... roll up for the History Tour 
Roll up... roll up for the History Tour
The Magical History Tour is coming on Saturday.
 
You can register on the spot, starting at 9.30a, at 1601 Brighton Road. NCM is asking for the contribution of a bag of non-perishable food items, but if you donate $30 or more, you can get a Magical History Tour T-shirt.
 
The walk starts at 10a and ends in Allegheny Commons Park, with refreshment and music at noon.oldfolksathome
Parking is available at the Propel Northside charter school up the street.
 
Walkabout has learned that stops on the tour include Gertrude Stein’s house in Allegheny West and the home where Ferris wheel inventor George Ferris lived in the Mexican War Streets. The rest are a mystery. 
 
For more information, call 412.323.1163 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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