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Freedom House Citywide Celebration

Updated: Apr 28

Freedom House

Citywide Celebration

Wednesday, May 15, 3:00pm

Frankie Pace Park

901 Centre Avenue

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Historic Hill Institute, in collaboration with veterans of Freedom House Ambulance, the National Association of State Emergency Medical State Officials (NASEMSO) and the August Wilson House, is producing a Citywide Celebration of Freedom House Ambulance, one of the nation’s first advanced-level ambulance services.  

This is an opportunity for the City of Pittsburgh to recognize the role of Freedom House Ambulance in modernizing ambulance care and to celebrate with the Historic Hill District Community, in particular. Freedom House will be honored by the federal government, the state government and the city government. 


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This celebration is occurring on Wednesday, May 15, during the NASEMSO Conference because EMS professionals across the country will be honoring Freedom House in the city of their birth and during their national conference, and at Frankie Pace Park in the Lower Hill. Molley’s Trolley shuttle will be available outside of the William Penn Omni Hotel at 3:00pm, to transport NASEMSO conference attendees to Frankie Pace Park or members can take the short, four block walk up the Hill to the Park at 901 Centre Avenue. 

After the ceremony at Frankie Pace Park, a brief History Tour led by Dr. Kimberly Ellis, the Founding Executive Director of the Historic Hill Institute, will take participants to Freedom House’s historic location and end at the August Wilson House for the exhibit, “The Freedom House Legacy: Honoring The First Modern Ambulance Service And Why We Can “Call 911!”

Guests will also be invited to visit an ongoing exhibit at the Heinz History Center on “Pittsburgh Innovations” in the Strip District. Both exhibits feature Freedom House within the depth of the Historic Hill District neighborhood and in citywide and national places of cultural heritage. 

There will be seven Freedom House Pioneers in attendance at NASEMSO and Frankie Pace Park! 

Come and say, “Thank You!” and witness history!

Any member of the public can RSVP for free at:

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