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On March 18, 2016, we commemorated Pittsburgh's Incorporation Day, the day in 1816 when we received our city charter and Pittsburghers gained the right to vote and govern ourselves. Then, in July, we observed the 200th anniversary of our city's first mayor, Ebenezer Denny, a Revolutionary War veteran elected mayor on July 19, 1816. Now, we look to the future of Pittsburgh with more bicentennial celebrations in the coming months.
Throughout 2016, we recognize how far we've come, celebrating where we are today and envisioning Pittsburgh's future potential. The 200th anniversary offers an opportunity for the city, region and world to celebrate all that makes Pittsburgh extraordinary and visionary.
If you're not familiar with Pittsburgh, visit during our bicentennial year because it's a great way to learn about our city's incredible history. Pittsburgh is a hardworking city of dreamers and doers, innovators who helped strengthen southwest Pennsylvania and the rest of America. Personally experience our history of innovation, our can-do spirit and the strength and warmth of our people, all things that have stood the test of time.
In 2016, our city is on display, and you have the chance to visit our unique attractions, attend special events and meet the people who make Pittsburgh such a great place to live, work, study and play. This bicentennial provides us with the opportunity to share what's best about our city with visitors like you, and it's the perfect way to welcome our guests from around the world.
Stayed tuned for updates about a very special bicentennial display during Pittsburgh's annual Light Up Night celebration (November 18) and more information regarding the National League of Cities, a conference which will bring mayors from across the United States to Pittsburgh (November 14-20).
Meanwhile, there are exciting events and activities happening throughout the city all year long, easily discovered using our online events calendar. With a variety of celebrations available, you're sure to find your favorite way to mark this historic anniversary.
Plus, check out some additional resources to learn about and celebrate Pittsburgh's vibrant past.
In the spirit of Pittsburgh's bicentennial, and to celebrate how it has grown and changed over the years, the National Aviary is asking the public to submit stories and photos of their most memorable visits to the popular bird zoo. The stories and images collected may be used by the aviary in an upcoming advertising campaign, and submitters are also eligible to win prizes!
Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of local resources that supports personal and scholarly research of the western Pennsylvania area. This website enables access to historic material held by many local partners, including universities, libraries and historical societies. Check it out to learn more about Historic Pittsburgh!
Throughout 2016, the University of Pittsburgh's Archives Service Center (one of the largest archival repositories for information on western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh history) has Mayor Ebenezer Denny - the first mayor of Pittsburgh - touring the city and learning about the history of Pittsburgh since his election in 1816. Using their own take on the popular school children's exercise, Flat Stanley, Pittsburgh has Flat Denny. Kids, make your own Flat Denny, take photos of him in and around Pittsburgh and submit them to the archives via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many ways to #CelebratePGH200, come and celebrate with us!