Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today

Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today has been designed in response to area educators’ requests for additional classroom resources after having participated with their students in the Pittsburgh Gateway Clipper Rivers of Steel Tour.

Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today - The story of the Monongahela River is one of our nation’s history, our industrial revolutions and one of the men and women whose labors, previously and presently, earned the Monongahela River the title of “Ruhr” – The River of Sweat. This complex industry is composed of a wide range of technical, trade and labor positions necessary to maintain a healthy inland port system. The focus of this portion of the project is on the workforce needed to maintain, man and repair the barges, tugs, locks, dams, terminals and rescue services enabling the diversity of river transport. The curriculum offered here, along with a video program of the present waterway industries and services, provide a look at the rich past, present life and future hopes of this vital economic underpinning of Pittsburgh’s intricate  network of living waterways. 

Resources

The following resources are designed to assist teachers and educators in the preservation of our steel heritage.  All activities have been designed to be adapted for classroom use.  The activities can be altered, as needed, for age, ability level, curriculum area, or for any other reason necessary to make them useful within the classroom.

The resources are in pdf format.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these documents.  You have permission to print out the information and activities you want to use, and you may adapt anything to meet your needs.

The resources include:

Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today (video)

The Monongahela River - A Resource Guide for Students and Teachers

The USACE Historical Time Line 1775-2005

Companion Guide of Additional Resources

The Pittsburgh Engineer Quarterly

The Monongahela River: River of Dreams, River of Sweat

 

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Our Rivers: Yesterday and Today

Our Rivers
The story of the Monongahela River is one of our nation’s history, our industrial revolutions and one of the men and women whose labors, previously and presently, earned the Monongahela River the title of “Ruhr” – The River of Sweat.

The Monogahela: River of Dreams, River of Sweat

The history of the hardest working river in America.