“Vibin’ and Thrivin’’ Resurrects Culture and History of Hill District in the 1970s

For one weekend only, a corner of Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood will bring to life the community’s cultural and artistic past as Duquesne University students and the Hill House Association host a pop-up museum titled Vibin’ and Thrivin’: The Hill in the 1970s.

History and public history graduate students from Dr. Alima Bucciantini’s Material and Visual Culture class are working with artists, collectors and long-time residents of the Hill District to gather artifacts that tell the story of what their neighborhood was like in the 1970s.

The pop-up museum will open on Friday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Blakey Program Center located at 1908 Wylie Ave. There will be food, live music and era-appropriate fashion to celebrate this period in the Hill District’s history.

“Audiences can experience how great it was to live in this vibrant community during this period,” said Bucciantini, assistant professor of history and director of graduate research in history and public history in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. “Projects like this build bridges between Duquesne and our community, as well as help students learn valuable professional skills. This exposes them to the history of the city and connects them to the ‘public’ part of public history.”

Pop-Up Museums are temporary, community-created museums that feature artifacts around a specific theme and focus on bringing people together in conversation through stories, art and objects. Visitors not only view artifacts, but are also invited to participate by bringing their own contributions labeled with a title and the story behind it. All items are catalogued and returned at the end of the event.

Visitors to Vibin’ and Thrivin’ are welcome to bring something from the 1970s that contributes to the story of the Hill District in that time or to simply view the artifacts and discuss their significance with members of the community to learn more about the history of the Hill District.

Vibin’ and Thrivin’ is free and open to the public. Visit the museum website for more information.

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