In April 1979, a concert was held at Carnegie Music Hall to benefit the Austrian Nationality Room. By May 1980, second and third generation Austrians met to discuss the commitment necessary to produce a Nationality Room and formed the Austrian American Cultural Society.
In 1987, the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Wesley Posvar issued a formal invitation to the Austrian American Cultural Society to build an Austrian Room in the Cathedral of Learning. That same year, a Deed of Trust was presented to the University to formalize their membership and reserve a classroom in the Cathedral of Learning. After 17 years, the room was dedicated June 9, 1996.
For more information on the history of the room and committee, please visit: Guide to the Austrian Nationality Room Committee Collection, 1977-2002 UA.40.21 | Documenting Pitt