Treasures in the Archives

Date & Time
Sunday, Mar. 10, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location Heinz History Center 1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh PA, 15222
Ticketing Free with advance registration

Peek into the stories hidden in “Pittsburgh’s attic” during Treasures in the Archives.

Join the Detre Library & Archives on Sunday, March 10 to explore highlights from one of the largest collections of historic materials in Western Pennsylvania.

The popular annual program delves into captivating stories preserved in the History Center collection and gives you a unique glimpse into Western Pennsylvania’s past through one-of-a-kind documents and photographs. From popular narratives and people to lesser-known stories and histories, Treasures in the Archives deep dives into four topics carefully chosen by our dedicated archivists.

This year’s topics include:

  • An exploration into the plans and predictions for Pittsburgh’s “future” through the eyes of historic Pittsburghers. Combining corporate records, design proposals, and the imaginative writings of everyday citizens, you’ll see “what could have been” (like a sports stadium suspended over the Monongahela River)
  • A historic presentation on amateur films (many that have never been seen publicly until now) that document different Pittsburgh area locations and events from the 1920s to the 1960s
  • A story of empowerment that unveils how Pittsburgh’s ‘Crip Camp’ helped disabled teens shatter societal limitations and grow into disability rights activists
  • An investigation into the records of nearly 130 local Jewish family circles, where ordinary family gatherings became formal associations with minutes, members, and dues

For one-day only, a special selection of archival materials related to these four topics will be on view for attendees. Deepen your understanding of Pittsburgh’s history and learn more about these one-of-a-kind stories during this signature event on the Detre Library & Archives calendar.


Admission to Treasures in the Archives is free. Advance registration is required.

The program will take place in the Detre Library & Archives located on the sixth floor of the Heinz History Center.

Live captioning will be provided at this hybrid program.

American Sign Language interpretation will be provided at this hybrid program.

For more information or to request additional accommodations, please contact