project leader
Jody G
location
605 Ross Avenue
(Wilkinsburg)
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the project

The preserving Wilkinsburg Art-i-facts project will: 

protect threatened cultural treasures,

foster pride in U.S. heritage;

educate citizens about our nation's cultural legacy;

raise concern for the urgent preservation needs of nationally significant artifacts.

Wilkinsburg history can be seen at the Wilkinsburg Borough Building as you climb the stairs between the second and third floors, where the W.P.A. artist Harold Carpenter has painted the Borough's history entitled "The History of Wilkinsburg".  This 1940 mural depicts a vast panorama of First Nations trappers, Sam Rippy's famous tavern, houses of worship all the way to the Westinghouse bridge, plant, and belching smokestacks of the Carnegie-Illinois plants in Rankin and Braddock in the distance.  There is a layer of dust and dirt on the surface; the varnish has discolored, and there are a number of abrasions that require expert attention.

The artifacts from Major W. G. Lowry Post #548, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), Wilkinsburg chapter, are also located in the same Borough Building stairwell.  GAR was a Veterans association for the men who served in the Union Army during the Civil War in the 1860s. The GAR posts initially began in 1866 after the Civil War ended and veterans needed an organization to share stories and help one another. 

the steps

November 15 2018   Close of IOBY

February  2019          Save America's Treasures National Endowment for the Humanities grant due date

June 2019 - July 2019                Restoration work on the WPA Mural

July 2019   - tbd                           Restoration on Civil War artifacts

why we're doing it

The Art-i-facts restoration project, a collaboration between the Wilkinsburg Historical Society, the Wilkinsburg Borough and Center for Civic Arts, falls within the context of

other renovations to the Wilkinsburg iconic train station, and to the Borough Building facilities.   The Art-i-fact preservation effort will demonstrate that 

Wilkinsburg can change public perception that our identity is blighted, instead of bright.  We will do this by building on valuable community assets that are in danger of

deterioating from environmental conditions that are not that hard to correct.  The Art-i-facts project will not only preserve and showcase Wilkinsburg's  history, but also

showcase the contributions that Wilkinsburg has contributed to the greater good.  Before the damage of age can no longer be reversed, we need to act now! 

But we need your help.

budget

Phase one: Workers Progress Administration (WPA) Wilkinsburg's History, by Harold Carpenter

Phase one: two Civil War flags, and banner

Phase one: museum quality lighting

Phase two: Abraham Lincoln Statue replacement on Wilkinsburg's Penn Lincoln Highway

 



Project Subtotal =  $15,000
ioby Platform Fee  $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $450
Total to raise on ioby = $15,485

 

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photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Robert J Collini
  • Susan and William Cohen
  • Kate L.