"Table Talk" is a conversation with experts working to enhance and grow the Vanka Murals' mission to save and share the one-of-a-kind murals of immigrant artist Maxo Vanka in St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale. Every virtual presentation via Zoom Webinar will provide a compelling introduction to a Vanka Murals-related topic with a guest host who brings their own special perspective. Recording of our first Table Talks is available below. The 60-minute program includes an interactive Q&A session. Only one registration required per household.
Skip the kitchen!! Our local partner Sprezzatura is cooking up a delicious dinner for curbside pick up on June 17th. Check out the menu below and follow the directions to place your order with Sprezzatura before Sunday, June 14th.
Picture at top: Courtesy of James Orban. The pre-1920 picture includes his grandfather Joseph Pavlakovic. The word "Nada" translates to "Hope."
Picture at bottom: Interior of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church post-fire in 1921.
Presented by: Jeff Slack, Time & Place LLC
Many people know about the nationally significant murals of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church and the important immigrant story they help to tell. But the Church, one of the Shrines of Pittsburgh, has a long, rich history that began four decades before Maxo Vanko first picked up his paint brush.
Jeff Slack, AICP, Principal of Time and Place, LLC, Preservation Services will discuss the history of the parish, the two churches that have stood on the site, the works of architect Frederick C. Sauer, the evolution of the Mid-Century Modern campus and changes to the church over time. He will also address how his research is supporting a historic structure report funded in part by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Heinz Endowments that will establish a broader historic context for St. Nicholas, provide a holistic assessment of the building, and make recommendations for ongoing care that will benefit both the murals and the congregation.
The program is free but registration is required. Donations to support the Vanka Murals mission including this program are greatly appreciated and may be added to your registration.
Order for 2: $40
Order for 4: $80
Be one of the first 25 to order and receive a Save Maxo Vanka memento as a thank you!
Vanka Murals Table Talk: Introducing the Vanka Collection
Zoom Webinar: Click here for recording. Passcode (if needed): 3g?6604+
(Recorded on May 20, 2020. Dr. Rhor's presentation starts at approximately 8:30.)
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T H A N K Y O U
We're excited for you to join us for this discussion. A registration confirmation is on its way to your inbox now.
If you are interested in ordering dinner, a menu description is available in your invitation. You will order and pick up directly from Sprezzatura in Millvale on Wednesday, June 17th. Please see your invitation or confirmation email for ordering instructions.
We are pleased to offer this online program free of charge. If you'd like to support this program and future programs, you may make a fully tax deductible donation here: DONATE.