HISTORY

The Amen Corner originated from spontaneous gatherings beginning in 1870 of an ambitious group of young professionals, who held spirited discussions on the steps of downtown buildings about current events, political issues and anything else they deemed relevant.

HISTORY

The Amen Corner originated from spontaneous gatherings beginning in 1870 of an ambitious group of young professionals, who held spirited discussions on the steps of downtown buildings about current events, political issues and anything else they deemed relevant.

The group evolved over the many decades from an informal, exclusive old boys' network to an influential Pittsburgh institute that eventually diversified and elected its first woman president, but not until the year 2000. Members were doctors, lawyers, judges, business owners, actors, musicians and politicians.

As far as we know, the first Amen Corner annual dinner was held on a Saturday night - May 23, 1925 - in the downtown William Penn Ballroom.

The founding invitation read: "The Amen Corner, Pittsburgh's most unique association of men of many minds, respectfully requesting..." and drew 781 men together that night to honor retiring president, Pennsylvania Senator John P. Harris.

Times change and so it has been with Amen Corner. Originally, politics were involved in a number of Amen Corner affairs as this article will cover. Today, however, Amen Corner is truly a social welfare organization which is not affiliated with any political party, promotes no particular religion and does not stand for or oppose any particular social issue. In the following section, we have tried to capture Amen Corner over the years.

Amen Corner continues its long history of honoring persons who make our community
a better place to live.
Amen Corner continues its long history of honoring persons who make our community
a better place to live.