The Collection

The October 27 Archive currently contains 176 objects and is regularly being expanded with more material. The archive includes flyers and programs from community gatherings held since the October 27 attack, a comprehensive collection of news coverage about the day of the event, oral history recordings reflecting a diverse array of experiences, and historical documentation about the Jewish experience in Western Pennsylvania.

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Three Generations of Tree of Life Sisterhood photograph

Black and white photograph showing three women reading from a scroll. Pews and stained glass windows can be seen in the background.

Historical Notes

The Tree of Life Sisterhood was the first ladies' auxiliary of a Jewish congregation in Western Pennsylvania, founded in 1899. Since its inception, the organization has been responsible for many social, educational, and financial responsibilities within the congregation. The longevity of the Sisterhood has accommodated several multigenerational families among its members and officers. Seen here are Mildred Reichman, her daughter Marian Heller, and granddaughter Diane Heller reading from a scroll in the main sanctuary of the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill.

Use and Reproduction

Property rights reside with the Senator John Heinz History Center. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Library and Archives of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

Donor Information
Diane Klein