In her new biography “Sophie: The Incomparable Mayor Masloff,” Dr. Barbara Burstin provides the first comprehensive assessment of the life and career of Sophie Masloff, who was the mayor of Pittsburgh from 1988 and 1994.
Sophie, as she was universally known, is a singular figure in the history of Pittsburgh. The child of poor Romanian immigrants, she became a stalwart of the local Democratic Party through decades of hard work. Following the death of Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri, she became the only Jewish and female mayor of Pittsburgh, leading the city through one of the most difficult periods in its history.
In celebration of Dr. Burstin’s book, the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives is hosting an intimate, one-night-only look at Sophie’s life and career on Thursday, March 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Heinz History Center. The free program includes remarks by Mayor Bill Peduto, reminisces by some of Sophie’s confidants, a presentation from cartoonist Tim Menees, a rare exhibition of Sophie’s personal archives, and an opportunity to purchase Dr. Burstin’s book.
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Thursday, March 5 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM