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Heritage Center Plans 7th Annual History Tour

Tickets on sale now for Oct. 2-3 event; encore Oct. 7

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
September 20, 2021
Posted in: Announcements

Paul Fields portrays McKeesport's first Black police officer, George W. Simmons, during the 2016 Living History Tour. (Submitted photo courtesy McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center)

Tickets are on sale now for McKeesport Regional History & Heritage Center’s seventh-annual Living History Tour, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3.

A spokesperson said guests will to enjoy a walking tour while learning stories of some of the notable, famous and infamous McKeesporters who were laid to rest at historic McKeesport & Versailles Cemetery. To ensure social distancing protocols can be maintained, tours will be limited in size.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students.

“The Living History Tour has become a signature event for the Heritage Center,” event chair Andi Cartwright said. “It’s a unique opportunity for folks from McKeesport and surrounding communities to learn about McKeesport’s past by taking a glimpse into the lives of some really intriguing characters.

“We feature historic figures, local celebrities and everyday people whose stories capture McKeesport at various points throughout our community’s history,” she said.

This year’s portrayals will include McKeesport Mayor George H. Lysle; airline pilot Helen Richey; retired Pittsburgh police commander and Duquesne native Gwen Elliott of "Gwen's Girls" fame; pioneering Black physician Dr. Matthew Hadley; and others who are less well-known, including a victim of the 1918 flu pandemic and a member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II.

An encore performance is scheduled for Oct. 7 at the heritage center, 1832 Arboretum Drive, Renziehausen Park.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (412) 678-1832 or go to www.mckeesportheritage.org.

Originally published September 20, 2021.

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