A Guidebook to the Secrets of Pittsburgh

*Event Announcement:  Fall 2018 Showcase*

Friday, December 7th in the Digital Scholarship Commons on the ground floor of Hillman Library

from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Secret Pittsburgh class of Fall 2018 has been working hard all semester to explore and examine the lesser known destinations of the city and the stories that surround these sites. We’ve found an even greater understanding (and love) of the city we all live in. Now, we want to share what we’ve found with you. Take our interactive Buzzfeed Quiz to find out which Secret Pittsburgh site you are, then come visit that site at the showcase! https://www.buzzfeed.com/secretpittsburgh/what-secret-pittsburgh-destination-are-you-3owxk


Welcome to our Guide!

This online guidebook to Pittsburgh’s "secret" places is created by undergraduate students in the University of Pittsburgh's "Secret Pittsburgh" Literature classes, a course inspired by the series of Secret city guidebooks published by Jonglez Press, marketed as “local guides by local people.” Each semester, more places are added to this online guide to reflect the work of recent participants in the course. For information about the class, this project, and the copyright of our websites' content, please visit our About page.

Secret Pittsburgh entries are organized primarily by neighborhood, currently listed on the left menu.  Specific entries can also be accessed via the "Browse By Map" Index.

As part of an ongoing Pitt project, designed for students as well for Pittsburgh residents and visitors, our guidebook differs from the Secret city books in that each guidebook entry is composed of two parts:

1. At the top of each guidebook entry, you will find general information typical of a guidebook, including hours of operation, address, directions, website, and accessibility. These details are followed by a brief overview about the place and its unusual and appealing features. These general information sections are collaboratively composed by teams of students.

2. Below the general entry are individual student stories. These narrative essays focus on student-selected details about the location (e.g. the history of steel-mill safety protocols, the evolution of graffiti art collaborations, the ways living members of a community use a cemetery). Such stories will appeal to readers interested in learning more about specific locations.

Both the general and individual stories also feature photo-galleries with images captured and edited by students.


Looking for something more to read? Check out our Bookshelf, which offers bibliographic details and short, honest, blurbs about the short story, novel, film, historical, and critical works used by Secret Pittsburgh classes. This list will also be updated each semester.

We hope that you find this guide engaging and useful--and that you will come back from time to time to see what's new.

**We are currently redesigning the website's layout. Please excuse any temporary results of this process.*