Rivers of Steel - Photo Safari
Rivers of Steel - Ukrainian Food Festival
Rivers of Steel - Community Market
Rivers of Steel - Voices of Carrie Furnaces
Rivers of Steel - Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour
Rivers of Steel - Banking The Fire
Rivers of Steel - Mount Pleasant Glass Museum Speaker’s Series

Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop

September 20 at 11:00 AM

Fillins, King, Fat Caps, Pieces. Learn about these graffiti terms and more during a special Carrie Blast Furnaces Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop.

Shane leading graffiti workshopLearn about the underground culture of graffiti, its history and how it continues to evolve today as an art form.  Led by Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts, the tours will walk you through the entire site, highlighting works while encouraging open discussion about graffiti as a whole. The workshops give our guests a hands on experience with design, letter form, specific techniques, and painting with aerosol.  Download the flyer.

Take a look at photos from a previous workshop on our multimedia page.

Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop Dates

May 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
June 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
July 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
August 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
September 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
October 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Allow 3 hours. Recommended for ages 8+

A limited number of tickets are available.   

Cost:  $35-$45

Click here to sign up today!  

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a formerly abandoned industrial site. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible. 

Directions to the Carrie Furnace site can be found here.

Photo Safaris, Guided Tours, and Voices of Carrie Furnaces Tour also available.

Photo Safari

September 13 at various times

The National Historic Landmark Carrie Furnaces, constructed in 1906, were the heart and soul of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works and are the only examples of pre-World War II furnace technology in existence.

Managed by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, this formerly abandoned industrial site is now the setting for photo safaris for both novice and experienced photographers alike. 

The 3-hour photo safaris will be led by Ivette Spradlin, a Cuban-American photographer, video artist, and educator. She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and her MFA in Photography from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has shown her work nationally and internationally, and has taught photography and digital imaging at colleges and universities in and around Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Scheduled Safaris:

Saturday, May 31 at 7pm (Sunset Safari)
Sunday, June 29 at 10am
Saturday, August 2 at 6pm (Sunset Safari)
Saturday, September 13 at 1:30pm
Sunday, October 19 at 7am (Sunrise Safari)

Space is limited.  

Cost:  $55

Buy tickets

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a formerly abandoned industrial site. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible. 

Directions to the site can be found here.

To see photos from previous photo safaris, click here.

Urban Art Tours, Guided Tours and Voices of Carrie Furnaces Tours also available.

Ukrainian Food Festival

September 12 at 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM

On the 12 & 13th of September, 2014, the Parish of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church will host a Ukrainian Food Festival, featuring delicious homemade foods and pastries from our kitchen.

Sit outside or enjoy our air-conditioned parish hall (handicap accessible).

The Food Festival is Friday & Saturday from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm.  On Saturday attend our craft show from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm or enjoy entertainment from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.  

Take-out is available.  MC/Visa is accepted.

Where:  SS Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 220 Mansfield Blvd., Carnegie, PA 15106  For further information, 412-527-5359

Download the flier.

Community Market

August 24 at 10:00 AM

Celebrating the heritage and the communities of the region, the Community Market includes vendors, performers, farmers, traditional art demonstrations, and community organizations.

Be sure to check out the Industrial Arts Cooperative's Mobile Sculpture Workshop on Sunday, August 3.  

Where:  The Pump House at The Waterfront, 880 E. Waterfront Drive

When:  Every Sunday - May through September - 10 AM to 2 PM.

For more information, find the market on Facebook, or to be a vendor, contact Christy at marketlady@riversofsteel.com.

 

Voices of Carrie Furnaces

August 23 at 9:00 AM

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Constructed in 1906, the furnaces stood at the heart of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works until 1979. At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh’s steel heritage. On the Voices of Carrie Furnaces tour, a Rivers of Steel tour guide will lead visitors through the iron-making process, telling the story of the site’s technology, workers, and culture from it’s heyday to the post-industrial present.  Former steelworkers will be on hand throughout the site to share their personal anecdotes.  

Allow 2 hours.

Saturdays:  

May 24
June 28
July 26
August 23 (9 AM only)
September 27
October 25 

@ 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00 AM

Cost:  $15-$25

Buy tickets at www.showclix.com

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted.

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a formerly abandoned industrial site. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible. 

Photo Safaris, Urban Art Tours, and Guided Tours also available.

Directions to the Carrie Furnaces can be found here.

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

August 8 at various times through October

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Constructed in 1906, the furnaces stood at the heart of U.S. Steel’s Homestead Works until 1979. At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh’s steel heritage. On this tour, a Rivers of Steel tour guide will lead visitors through the iron-making process, sharing the story of the site’s technology, workers, and culture from it’s heyday to the post-industrial present.  

Allow 2 hours.  

Fridays:  

      June, July*, August @ 10:00 AM
      (*except July 4)

Saturdays:  

      May 3, May 10*, May 17*, May 31,
      June 7, June 14, June 21*,
      July 5, July 12, July 19*,
      August 2, August 9, August 16*, August 30,  
      September 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20*,
      Ocotober 4, October 11, October 18*
      @ 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
             (*9:00 AM tour only)

Cost:  $15-$25

Buy tickets at www.showclix.com

Directions to the site can be found here

Photo Safaris, Urban Art Tours, and Voices of Carrie Furnaces Tours also available.

Banking The Fire

August 1 at 6:00 PM and various dates and time through August

Banking the FireThe Pump House at the Waterfront will open an exhibition featuring local artist Keith Clouse on August 1, on view until August 31. Banking The Fire will include 10 works of lithography prints that relate to the industrial heritage of steel in Pittsburgh.

Banking The Fire by Keith Clouse features black and white imagery of both working and decaying mills and the people who worked in them translated through lithography printing. The prints are then exposed to rusting sheet steel through which they absorb the rust as a patina, or coated with varying degrees of amber shellac and mounted under glass on backgrounds of steel shaving. The frames are welded steel angle bar which has been allowed to rust.

“I found that I enjoyed working with actual elements that were involved with the steel making process,” Keith explains. “They lent something deeper and more powerful to the overall effect of the work than just the imagery alone. To have this structured or ordered piece framed under glass that looks as if it’s disintegrating is a good metaphor for what’s become of the former industry in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The work isn’t a tombstone though because there are still active facilities in the area and the reclamation of the old mill sites has brought new industry and business to the region.”

Born in 1973 in Pittsburgh, Keith Clouse grew up accompanying his father, a train enthusiast, up and down the river valleys of Allegheny County and was exposed to the ending of an industrial era that had begun well over a hundred years before. Watching the fall of many of the steel mills in the area through the late 70’s and most of the 80’s left a lasting impression on him. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and used the imagery of the mills in his senior thesis exhibition. Over the course of working as a graphic artist and designer for many years he has frequently returned to the topic of steel history in Pittsburgh.

The exhibition will be hosted by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in the Pump House located at 880 East Waterfront Drive in Munhall, PA. The show will open on Friday August 1 with a reception from 6pm to 9pm and run through the end of August. More information on the work of Keith Clouse can be found on Facebook.  

Beginning Sunday, August 3, the exhibit will be open at the following times:

Sundays, 10am - 2pm
Mondays, 10am - 2pm
Wednesdays, 5pm - 8pm
Fridays, 10am-2pm & 5pm-8pm
Saturdays, 10am - 2pm 

Mount Pleasant Glass Museum Speaker’s Series

May 15 at 7:00 PM

Beginning in March and running through November, the Mount Pleastant Glass Museum will offer a speaker each month.  Topics will be about, but not limited to, our three factories: Bryce Brothers, Lenox Crystal, and L.E. Smith.

The speaker's series will be held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

Where:  Mount Pleasant Glass Museum, 402 East Main Street (Route 31), Mount Pleasant

Suggested Donation:  $3.00

May 15 - Jay Hawkins, Bottles and Bottlemaking in the 19th Century

Jay W. Hawkins has had a lifelong interest in antiques, especially bottles and glass. He began digging and collecting antique bottles at age 12. His passion for early bottles has continued for over 40 years. His special interests include whiskey and liquor bottles and early blown and pressed glass from Pittsburgh area. Over the years, he has authored several journal articles on bottles and bottle collecting. He is the Secretary of the Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club and in 2009 completed a comprehensive book on the history of glass manufacturers and glass houses of the Pittsburgh region. He has given numerous talks on the history of Pittsburgh bottles and glass.

The book Glasshouses and Glass Manufacturers of the Pittsburgh Region 1795-1910, a 612 page paperback, will be available for purchase. If you have one, bring it along for a signing.

Jay will talk on the history of bottle making in our region from about 1795 to 1910, as well as present short vignettes on several Pittsburgh area glass works. He will also discuss some of the more colorful history of several classic Pittsburgh bottles.

 

In the coming months, the speakers will be:

June 19 - John Potts, Transition from Bryce Brothers to Lenox Crystal

Remainder of events to be announced at a later date but will include John Weishar speaking about Island Moulds and the Mount Pleasant Factories, Harley Trice on paperweights, and the Officers of the (Lenox) Union talking shop.  

If you have a topic you would like us to discuss, please contact us at 724-547-5929.

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