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About the Karpeles – Pittsburgh

Historical Background

The Karpeles building in Pittsburgh (Sheraden) Pennsylvania was purchased in July 2019. The building is the former Holy Innocents Church. Holy Innocents was established in 1900. The current historical building (Karpeles Pittsburgh) is actually the second church building erected on the site. The first church building was built in 1902. The congregation outgrew the building by 1924 and the last mass was celebrated on April 21st, 1924, in the old church, which was razed afterwards. Ground was broken for the new church building on April 29th, 1924. The cornerstone was laid on June 29th, 1924, and the completed building was dedicated on June 21st, 1925.

The diocese of Pittsburgh began to restructure the services that it provided, and the Holy Innocents congregation was realigned with another Parish (St. Phillips) Thus closing the doors of the Holy Innocents Church in 2016. The building remained vacant until the Karpeles Manuscript Library purchased the former Church structure.

Karpeles Manuscript Library of Pittsburgh is located in Sheraden Pennsylvania (incorporated into a community in 1894). Sheraden is part of the City of Pittsburgh proper. Hence, it’s community members have been integral in the Industrial Revolution of the turn of the 20th century as well as the transformation of the City of Pittsburgh into a triade of technology, education, and medicine.


Karpeles Manuscript Library of Pittsburgh has numerous manuscripts that are staples that remain permanently within the collection as well as periodical exhibits that change every three or four months. These exhibits are theme based and provide a diverse look at the subject area, content, and individual contributions. (E.g., Women’s history, The Works of Mark Twain, The Documentary of the Birth of America, Balloon Aviation, Darwin’s Theory, The Adams Family Exhibit, etc.). The Karpeles Manuscript Library presents exhibitions of scholarly and visual merit, in the belief that contact with original works in a museum setting is an essential component of a liberal education and a key factor in enhancing the life experiences of all who interact with the exhibits.


The Karpeles Manuscript Library provides educational exhibits of manuscript reproductions of various topics, whether historical, literary, political, musical, or scientific. These mini museums are designed to adhere to curriculum pacing. The manuscripts directly reflect and enhance the content students are being exposed to during the academic year. Accompanying writing prompts and/or project-based activities are standards based and measurable.

School and Group Visit Programs

The Karpeles Manuscript Library encourages visits by groups (schools, senior citizens, veterans, etc.). Karpeles Manuscript Library provides services to schools from elementary level to university level. The School Outreach Program is designed to be a resource for all school districts within the Pittsburgh area. Under this program, a particular topic may be chosen by the teacher(s). Karpeles Pittsburgh will prepare an exhibit on that topic, which can be viewed at the Museum or taken directly into the school library. Using this program, classes increase their understanding and appreciation of the topic under study.

Independent or Student Exhibits

The museum has ample space dedicated to the exhibition of private individual or student work (artwork, writings, projects etc.). The library will work closely with private individuals, school districts and teachers to provide space and time to display the craftwork of individuals and the achievements of students. These are fluid and everchanging yet provide a concrete opportunity to recognize the skill and talents of people in the area.

Community Service

The Karpeles Manuscript Library of Pittsburgh makes space available for workshops, meetings, and special events for community-oriented groups.


KMLPGH podcast is designed to tell stories about science, art, history, humanity, and where they unexpectedly overlap by providing opportunities for conveying the experience of history; for presenting the story about the process of finding out, as well as the story of what happened. In short, peeling away at the essence in order to comprehend the entire story from all angles, whether it is a popular view or not so desired view. History for the sake of history, not political correctness, agenda, or trend. The primary goal is to expose, educate and empower the audience into being active member of society and students of history.