Rivers of Steel - Urban Art Tour and Workshop
Rivers of Steel - Folk Festival Reunion Party
Rivers of Steel - Day of Giving 2014
Rivers of Steel - Furnace Bash
Rivers of Steel - Ohio River Trail Council Open House
Rivers of Steel - Steel Valley Bicycle Tour
Rivers of Steel - The Fight for Meaningful Immigration Reform
Rivers of Steel - Sacco and Vanzetti
Rivers of Steel - Dead Man’s Hollow Public Meeting
Rivers of Steel - Mount Pleasant Glass Museum Speaker’s Series
Rivers of Steel - Paperweight Exhibit

Carrie Furnaces Photo Safari

May 31 at 7:00 PM

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.   Buy tickets.

Directions to the site can be found here.

Urban Art Tour and Workshop

May 17 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 Workshop. Led by graphic and web designer Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts, the tour, focusing on graffiti found on site, will provide a deeper look at the spray painted pictures found on abandoned industrial sites and city buildings. Following the tour, Pilster will conduct a workshop where participants will create a take-away piece. 

Urban Art Tour and 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.

A limited number of tickets are available.  Click here to sign up today!  

Allow 3 hours. Recommended for ages 8+

Directions to the Carrie Furnace site can be found here.

Folk Festival Reunion Party

May 10 at 8:00 PM

The Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center presents a Folk Festival Reunion Party.

All past and present Folk Festival groups are invited to celebrate 58 years of warm memories, good friends, amazing food and lively dancing!

Enjoy delicious Folk Festival favorites - halushki, pierogies, egg rolls, strudels, banitza, gyuvech, and other ethnic delights.  Cash bar will be open all night.

Bring your Folk Festival artifacts and memorabilia to display.

Dance all night to live music from:

  • BMNECC Otets Paissii Band
  • Duquesne University Tamburitzans Alumni Band featuring Dan and Steve Capuzzi, Paul and Mark Stafura, Matt Haritan and Alex Cartwright
  • Forte
  • Orkestar Pobeda

When:  Saturday, May 10 - 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Where:  Bulgarian Cultural Center, 449 West Eighth Avenue, West Homestead PA 15120

Tickets:  $10 in advance; $15 at the door

Space is limited.  Click here to order in advance.

If you are interested in displaying your artifacts (photos, clippings, costume pieces, instruments, etc.) please contact Walter Kolar at 412-831-5101 or wwkolar@gmail.com

If you are interested in having us serve your food specialities, please contact Angel Roy at 412-855-7771 or macroyfamily@gmail.com.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Deborah Gorman at 412-559-3954 or dfgorman1961@yahoo.com

For all other questions, please contact Maura Krushinski at 412-310-5737 or maurakrushinski@gmail.com.

Day of Giving 2014

May 6 at 6:00 AM to Midnight

Mark your calendar for May 6, 2014!

The Day of Giving 2014 will run from 6:00 am until 12:00 am (midnight). The Pittsburgh Foundation will match every gift made during that time, on a pro-rated basis, to Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation with an additional donation. This 18-hour event is part of Give Local America, the national day for community foundations across the country. 

Please note that the minimum gift is $25. While there is no limit on the amount you can give, only the first $1,000 is eligible to receive a portion of the match.  Only credit card donations using Visa and MasterCard will be accepted and matched for this event.  No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted.

On May 6, visit www.pittsburghgives.org 
Select "Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation"

RSHC will use the funds raised from this extraordinary event to help further our efforts of preserving our industrial and cultural heritage of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Your contribution will be used for a variety of projects including the restoration of the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark, the Battle of Homestead site, the W.A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry, the building of hiking and biking trails, education and interpretive programs and the many other programs underway in the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.

Thank you for your consideration, and in advance for your donation. Click here on May 6!


Furnace Bash

May 3 at 5:00 PM

Furnace Bash Vol. 1, presented by PA Brew Tours is a premier beer, food, music, and art festival taking place at the legendary Carrie Blast Furnaces.  The furnaces, towering over 90 feet above the Monongahela River provide a one of a kind event space. Best part about the Furnace Bash?  100% of proceeds are going to Pittsburgh Charities, including the Mario Lemieux Foundation and Side Project Inc.

Participating breweries in coordination with Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale:  

  • Rouge Ales
  • 21st amendment
  • Southern Tier Brewing Company
  • Ithica Brewing
  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Great Lakes Brewing Company
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Penn Brewery
  • Helltown Brewery
  • Church Brew Works
  • Voodoo Brewery
  • Lavery Brewery
  • DuClaw Brewing Company
  • Yards Brewing Company
  • Sierra Nevada

Food Truck Rally participants:

  • PGHCrepes
  • Oh My Grill
  • Tootsies Famous
  • Saucy Mama's

Not a beer drinker? Wine and other options will be available and are included in the ticket price.

The Furnace Bash will also have live music, courtesy of "Good Brother Earl", various art booths and tons of fun things to explore.

Want the full experience? VIP tickets include a walking tour of the historic landmark provided by Rivers of Steel.  Be warned: this event is OUTDOORS so dress accordingly.  No open-toed shoes or high heels.  

Transportation to and from the event provided by PA Brew Tours with pick up and drop off at Bakery Square.

Designated Driver tickets are also available.  Food and other refreshment will be provided to these awesome and responsible friends.

Doors open at 5:00 PM.  Event ends are 8:30 PM.

Click here for tickets.  Directions can be found here.


Ohio River Trail Council Open House

May 1 at 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

You're invited to be among the first to explore the Tri-state Ohio River Water Trail Map and Guide, along with the results of the Ohio River North & South Shore Trail Feasibility Studies, Phase 1 construction of the Ohio River Greenway Trail and the Brownfield Reuse Planning along the Ohio River in Allegheny and Beaver County.

The 69-mile Ohio River Water Trail (ORWT) Map & Guide geographically extends from the Ohio River at milepost zero in Pittsburgh, PA to Newell, WV and East Liverpool, Ohio at milepost 46.0. The ORWT also includes three-miles of the Beaver River to the Townsend (Fallston) Dam, four-miles of the Raccoon Creek and sixteen-miles of the Little Beaver Creek to the Beaver Creek State Park in Ohio.

The EPA has selected the Borough of Monaca as a Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Pilot Program recipient. As one of the founding members of the Ohio River Trail Council, the Bor­ough is working with partner communities and organizations to target four brownfields areas along the 45-mile Ohio River Corridor. The target areas are in the Borough of Monaca, the City of Aliquippa, Borough of Coraopolis, and Borough of Midland.

The Ohio River Trail Council’s efforts in planning and community revitalization initiatives along the Ohio River Corridor will be complemented by the area-wide planning process, which will facilitate community involvement in site-specific brownfields cleanup, reuse plans based on environmental conditions, and evaluate which sites have potential for new or increased public access to the river through trail connections. 

The Ohio River Trail Council (ORTC) is a non-profit volunteer-led corporation that works to bring individuals, communities, businesses, educational institutions, recreational users and all levels of government together to promote and protect a continuous corridor of natural and cultural resources along the Ohio River and its tributaries. The ORTC's goal is to honor our past and build our future by providing recreation opportunities, environmental stewardship, heritage development, safe transportation networks and economic stimulus to our region.

The ORTC is an organization committed to excellence, with a clear vision and a passion for delivering outstanding results. We ask you to work with us to capitalize on these strengths. The ORTC is a membership-based organization charged with increasing awareness and stewardship of our rivers and riverfronts. The Ohio River Trail Council associates plays an integral role in the continued development and expansion of the ORTC’s Land and Water Trails, as well as our ability to serve southwestern Pennsylvania riverfront communities through advocacy and planning. Please help us to continue our work by becoming an affiliate and endorse our efforts by contributing to one of our projects.

Hosted by the Ohio River Trail Council.

Community College of Beaver County
Building 9 Room 9103 
Learning Resource Center Community College of Beaver County 
One Campus Drive Monaca, Pa 15061

Steel Valley Bicycle Tour

April 26 at 8:00 AM

This year the Steel Valley Trail Council (SVTC) is holding a bicycle tour to benefit the section of the Great Allegheny Passage maintained by the SVTC. It will be held on April 26 beginning at the Homestead Works Pump House. 

The Steel Valley Bicycle Tour celebrates the connection of the Montour Trail to the Great Allegheny Passage and the industrial heritage of the Monongahela River Valley. The route begins at the Pump House in Munhall and heads down SVTC’s section of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) to McKeesport. The first rest stop is at McKeesport where the McKeesport Trail Commission’s section of the Great Allegheny Passage begins. Riders may return to Homestead on the trail or proceed to Clairton on SVTC’s “Clairton Connector” bike route on local streets. After snacks at the Clairton Trail Head of the Montour Trail, riders will back track the route to Homestead. 

This will be the first organized bicycling event of the year on a Regional Trail Corp. trail/bike route that is fully paved. At this time of year it may be a cold, rainy weather challenge for hard core cyclists or a warm, pleasant ride along the Mon for more casual riders. Either way the ride is fully supported with drinks, snacks, and sag wagon service. 

In 2013 the Great Allegheny Passage trail from Pittsburgh was finally finished. In 2013 we also had major damage to the GAP due to storms. Repairing a washout and a mudslide on the SVTC section of the GAP cost over $10,000. Other routine maintenance costs totaled $5,000. Your participation in the Steel Valley Bicycle Tour will help us build our war chest to battle gravity and the elements to keep our section of the GAP open.

To register, click here.

For more information: George Schmidt (gschmidt1@verizon.net or 412-521-1538) 

The Fight for Meaningful Immigration Reform

April 26 at 1:30 PM

United Steel Workers Guillermo Perez and Steffi Domike are organizing a program that describes our current dysfunctinal immigration policy and focuses attention on the movement to create an immigration policy that works for working people--native-born, foreign-born, documented and undocumented. They remind us that immigrants have revived the labor movement in the past and may well revive it in the future.

Presented by the Battle of Homestead Foundation.

When:  Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:30 PM

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

For a complete schedule of the Battle of Homestead Foundation's 2014 Events at the Pump House, click here.

Sacco and Vanzetti

April 24 at 7:30 PM

As part of their Thursday night movie series, the Battle of Homestead Foundation presents Sacco and Vanzetti (2006). 

This documentary tells the story of Nicolo Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, two Italian-born anarchists who were arrested for murder in Boston in 1920. Their subsequent widely publicized trial and conviction came to symbolize the extreme nativist prejudice that was directed against southern and eastern Europeans in the U.S. and the disfavor in which political dissent was held. An international crusade to save the men failed; they were executed in 1927.  Tony Shalhoub and John Turturro read the men's writings; Arlo Guthrie and Studs Terkel comment.  82 mins.

When:  Thursday, April 24, 7:30 PM

Where:  Pump House at the Waterfront, 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA

Download the Battle of Homestead's Schedule of 2014 Pump House Events here.

Dead Man’s Hollow Public Meeting

April 23 at 6:30 PM

The Allegheny Land Trust is working with Pashek Associates, a Pittsburgh environmental planning firm, to develop a management plan that will enhance the unique assets of Dead Man's Hollow Conservation Area.

The Allegheny Land Trust envisions a community driven process and needs the community to make that happen.  Please attend this meeting and share your thoughts.  Let them know how you use the property, what should be improved and how it can be made better.  If you have an interest in the hollow or just want to learn more about the conservation area, please attend this meeting.

Ideas under consideration are improving sustainability of the trails, adding mountain bike trails, boardwalks around Cat Fish Pond, trail signage, historical interpretation of the old ruins and how to best make connections to the Great Allegheny Passage.

Your input is vital!

When:  Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Where:  Lincoln Borough Firehall, 4312 Liberty Way, Elizabeth, PA 

For more information contact Mike Good, Stewardship Coordinator at mgood@alleghenylandtrust.org or 412-874-7191.

Mount Pleasant Glass Museum Speaker’s Series

April 17 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

In the coming months, the speakers will be:

April 17 - Tom Felt and Dean Six, Museum of American Glass and its Artifacts

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

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.

Paperweight Exhibit

March 15 at 5:00 PM

Mount Pleasant Glass Museum presents its first changing exhibit, a three-month display of a collection of paperweights. 

Paperweights come in an infinite variety, but there are basically two types: advertising and whimsical. We will have both.

None of our three factories manufactured paperweights for sale on a regular basis, but paperweights were created in the factories. That is the third type of paperweight and it is called a bucket job (jobs men did on their lunch hour and then took home in their lunch buckets). They are wild, wonderful, and unique: one of a kind. We will have bucket jobs in the exhibit too.  

There will also be paperweights for sale in the Museum Shoppe. 

Where:  Mount Pleasant Glass Museum, 402 E. Main St., Ste. 600, Mount Pleasant, PA

When:  March 15, 5:00-7:00 PM, presentation at 6:00 PM by Harley Trice

Cost:  $3.00 suggested donation

The exhibit will run March 15 through June 15.

Information:  http://www.laurelhighlands.org/members/mount-pleasant-glass-museum.asp



160-inch Mill

160-Inch Mill
The Homestead Works 160-inch Mill was one of the largest plate mills in the U.S.