|A history of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science is included in a new book published by the University of Pittsburgh Press titled Palace of Culture, Andrew Carnegie’s Museums and Library in Pittsburgh. The author of this book is Robert J. Gangewere, former adjunct professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University and former editor of CARNEGIE magazine for three decades.|
The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) merged with Carnegie Institute in 1987, thus the reason Buhl's history is included in this book. Mr. Gangewere interviewed me, regarding Buhl's history, for this book.
Mr. Gangewere will conduct a free-of-charge lecture on the new book, and a book signing this TUESDAY AFTERNOON, OCTOBER 18, 2011, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. (EDT) at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh.
Here is more information about the book --
Link to information from the University of Pittsburgh Press web site:
Here is a book description from the CARNEGIE Magazine web site:
Told through the eyes of a longtime insider and gifted storyteller, the far-reaching history of Andrew Carnegie’s lasting gifts to the Steel City and their worldwide influence comes to life in Palace of Culture, Andrew Carnegie’s Museums and Library in Pittsburgh.
Published by University of Pittsburgh Press and written by Robert J. Gangewere, former adjunct professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University and former editor of CARNEGIE magazine for three decades, Palace of Culture is a thorough look at the life and times of Andrew Carnegie’s Carnegie Institute, which today comprises four distinctive museums and a separately operated system of libraries.
“It makes for a fascinating account that not only is a tribute to Andrew Carnegie’s vision but also demonstrates that libraries, museums, and concert halls can have a powerful, even transformative impact on cities,” says Petra Chu, professor of art history at Seton Hall University.
In his 2004 farewell note in CARNEGIE magazine, Gangewere promised to tackle this important project by sharing unforgettable stories—like when Carnegie, sitting on a log in Cresson, Pennsylvania, first told minister William Holland that he wanted to do something special for Pittsburgh, like build a library. “It’s a very American story with no simple parallel in the larger world of museums,” Gangewere wrote. “I can’t wait to tell it.” After scores of interviews and unprecedented research, Gangewere has accomplished his goal.
Join Gangewere for one of his scheduled talks about his book: October 18 from 3-5 p.m. in the Carnegie Museum of Art Theater; November 9 from 7-9 p.m. at Ligonier Public Library; and January 14, 2012, from 2-4 p.m. at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland.
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Author of History Web Sites on the Internet --
* Buhl Planetarium, Pittsburgh:
< http://buhlplanetarium.tripod.com >
* Adler Planetarium, Chicago:
< http://adlerplanetarium.tripod.com >
* Astronomer, Educator, Optician John A. Brashear:
< http://johnbrashear.tripod.com >
* Andrew Carnegie & Carnegie Libraries:
< http://andrewcarnegie.tripod.com >
* Civil War Museum of Andrew Carnegie Free Library:
< http://garespypost.tripod.com >
* Duquesne Incline cable-car railway, Pittsburgh:
< http://inclinedplane.tripod.com >
* Public Transit:
< http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >