is more than just a Pittsburgh neighborhood. It's a second center
for the city. In this program WQED's award-winning producer Rick
Sebak ("South Side," "Kennywood Memories,"
"Pennsylvania Diners," etc.) celebrates some of the
unusual people, places and things that make Oakland unforgettable.
all started when Mary Schenley donated land for a beautiful wooded
park. Soon Andrew Carnegie built a great library and several museums
nearby. There was a grand hotel, a spectacular greenhouse, and
a beloved old ballpark called Forbes Field. Before long, students
were coming from around the globe. The University of Pittsburgh
built a great tall building known as the Cathedral of Learning,
and Carnegie Tech merged with Mellon Institute to form CMU.
marvel at the Bug Rooms, the murals and the Music Hall at the
Carnegie Museums. We race through Schenley Park with the Vintage
Grand Prix, stop in at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and several of
the shops along Craig Street. We also visit the Shrine to the
Blessed Virgin that's perched on the hillside above the Parkway.
This entertaining documentary is full of surprises, history, and
reasons why it's always great to come here. The program is called
Something About Oakland because it would be impossible to include
everything about this amazing neighborhood.
A Royal Affair
is much praise for Mary Schenley in Pittsburgh for her generous
donations of land and the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind.
Although Schenley was revered in Pittsburgh, she was ousted by British
society for a number of years after her elopement with one of the
Mary Croghan was fifteen, she secretly eloped with a British Army
officer nearly three times her age. Her father became aware of the
marriage and he petitioned the government to use the Coast Guard
to stop her from fleeing to England with Captain Edward Schenley.
The federal gunboats were too late, and the couple lived in England
for the rest of her life.
William Croghan eventually forgave his daughter, Queen Victoria
was not that generous. For years the Empress of the British Empire
forbid Mary Schenley from court because she had been a disobedient