Rivers of Steel - Pride
Rivers of Steel - Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour
Rivers of Steel - The Glory Years, Mount Pleasant: 1896-1965
Rivers of Steel - Rust Belt Food Tour
Rivers of Steel - Hard Hatted Women

The Magic Boots

October 29 at 3:00 PM

The Magic Boots, a full lengthproduction of dance theater! 

Marvel at the 40+ dancers as they portray the tale of two young dancers transported back to 16th century Ukraine by a pair of magic dancing boots. Join Teodor and Vasyl as they encounter love and adventure with mischievous water nymphs, lively mountain villagers, bustling city folk, and Ukrainian kozaks. Can they locate themagic scepter that can send them back home?

The Ukrainian Market Place providing cultural items for sale and delicious traditional foods to delight your taste buds will open at 12:00pm

October 29, 2016
Andrew Carnegie Music Hall
300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, PA 15106 

Performance time: 3:00pm

Tickets range from $12-$15 

Reception with Kyivdancers following the production.

Refreshments and music provided!

Reception tickets range from $10 - free

For ticket reservations 412-527-5359 or for more information www.kyivdance.net or kyivdance@aol.com


October 27 at 7:30 PM

This film is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting  a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

Kip Dawson, who was with these miners at the time, will speak. She is a former coal miner in Pittsburgh and currently teaches middle school.

Presented by the Battle of Homestead Foundation

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 PM

Pump House at The Waterfront
880 E. Waterfront Drive
Munhall, PA 

Carrie Blast Furnaces Guided Tour

October 22 at 10 AM and 11 AM Saturdays, also 1 PM Sundays through October

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces.

Constructed in 1906, Carrie Furnaces 6 and 7 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.  Recommended for ages 8+

Guided tours of the Carrie Blast Furnaces are offered:

May through October
     Saturdays at 10 AM and 11 AM (except May 28)
     Sundays at 1 PM

June through August
     Fridays at 10 AM

The site is closed at all other times.

Advance      Door*
Child (17 and under) $ 12.50 $ 17.00
Student (18+ with college ID)   $ 15.00 $ 20.00
Senior (62 and above) $ 15.00 $ 20.00
General Admission $ 19.00 $ 25.00


*Tours are limited to 25 participants. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance as we can not guarantee tickets will be available for walk ups. 


Private group tours and photographic opportunities are available Monday through Friday, by appointment only. Contact Stacy Drane or call 412-464-4020 ext. 32 for information.  

Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a former industrial site. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather as most of the tour is outdoors. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.


The entrance to Carrie Furnaces is located at Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104Please note that this is a new road and may not be recognized by your GPS or online mapping programs; it normally works on Google Maps however.  

Click here for turn by turn directions from Homestead/Duquesne and Edgewood/Swissvale.

If the ROAD CLOSED signs on Carrie Furnace Boulevard are up, please go around them and follow the road through the open gates to the parking lot.  

The Glory Years, Mount Pleasant: 1896-1965

September 22 at 5:00 PM reception; exhibit runs through November

Mount Pleasant Glass Museum celebrates 120 year with second exhibit!

In 1896, the Bryce Brothers factory opened its doors in Mount Pleasant. In honor of the 120 anniversary, the Museum is closing out its two-part exhibit series celebration with The Glory Years, Mount Pleasant: 1896 – 1965.  It is scheduled to open on September 22 with a special reception from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  Two former Bryce employees, Don Sechrist and Mary Shaw, will be speaking at the event. 

“The museum received on-loan some exciting items to add to the display,” said Museum Director, Amy Philips-Haller.  A Bryce sign that lights up, and a mint-condition 1916 catalogue, are two pieces in particular.  “Perhaps we are most elated with a recent donation of 8 Bryce Glass Plate negatives dated June 9, 1922!”  Currently staff is working on scanning the plates to develop photographs.  “Most are shots of the factory, but one is of a group of individuals standing in front of one of the Bryce homes.”

The final exhibit will run through November.   The first, called The Early Years, Pittsburgh & Hammondville (1850 – 1882, 1885 - 1896)  was on display in June and July.  Anyone with pieces to loan can contact museum staff during regular business hours, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Wednesday – Saturday, at 412.547.5929, or MPGMbobbi@gmail.com.

Mount Pleasant Glass Museum adds Anchor Glass to the permanent collection!

With the recent acquisition of Anchor jars donated by Barry Bernas, the museum board has decided to add Anchor Glass to the roster of glass factories it primarily features at the museum.  “It makes sense,” said Philips-Haller.  “After all, Anchor Glass was here, and was the predecessor to L.E. Smith who purchased Anchor in 1909.”  Anchor Glass has its own interesting history, having only been in business for two years. “Due to the panic of 1907, the factory was only able to run sporadically.  It hardly had a chance to survive.”  The museum will also be selling a book about the ill-fated factory, authored by Mr. Bernas.  “They are on order now, and we hope to have copies soon.”

Mount Pleasant Glass Museum expands the factory workers exhibit!

Recently, the Mount Pleasant Glass Museum added a permanent factory workers exhibit to its collection.  “This is a critical time for the museum,” said Philips-Haller.  “We are still able to collect history from those who were a part of it!”  As a result, the staff is seeking individuals who worked at the factories to come forward for interviews.  “We hope to plan a few days where we will conduct interviews all day.”  The recorded interviews will be edited into audio vignettes that will play in the background of the exhibit.  A video of workers has already been produced, and will show images on the wall behind the exhibit.   “We also hope that more photographs will be donated, and some individuals may even help us identify unknown faces in pictures we already have in-house.”

“This exhibit is very important to us.  The glass is beautiful, but it is only part of the story.  It is just as important to highlight the men and women who made the glass, built a community, and were part of an era.”

Already, the staff has researched 6 factory workers.  “As we complete each story, we upload the information online, so others can learn about these incredible individuals.  We are especially excited when we can match a person to a piece, such as John Kennedy and the Aquarius design he created. We hope someday to make this an education program for schools to access both on-location, and online.”  Volunteers who enjoy genealogy are also encouraged to contact staff.  “We would love some volunteers to help with research.”

Anyone interested in contacting the museum for an interview, or to volunteer, can do so during regular business hours, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Wednesday – Saturday, at 412.547.5929, or MPGMbobbi@gmail.com.

Rust Belt Food Tour

August 27 at 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

A Rust Belt Culinary Tour!

In the early 1900s, The Steel Valley of Homestead, Munhall, and Braddock was home to immigrants from around the globe. These thriving towns, once dotted with retail shops, bakeries, backdoor gardens and many a beer hall, fell silent in the '80s when the mills closed, but now are a part of the Pittsburgh-area renaissance. Guests will visit a renovated church hall, a modernized mill bar, and other revamped treasures of the still gritty mill towns to savor culinary delights that reflect the region’s rich heritage as well as its now trendy rustbelt cuisine! This 4-hour shuttled culinary tour provides more than enough food for a meal plus other surprises! Brew stops include Braddock's Brew Gentlemen and Blue Dust Gastropub!

2016 tour dates:

April 16, May 7, May 28, June 11, 
July 9, August 27, September 17,
October 8, October 27,
November 12, December 10

For tickets and additional information, visit http://www.pghtoursandmore.net/Rust-Belt-Food-Tour.html

A portion of the proceeds benefits Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.


Hard Hatted Women

August 26 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (Sept.-Oct.)

Rivers of Steel is pleased to announce the opening of a new installation on Friday, August 26.

Hard Hatted Women is a multimedia exhibiti featuring thirteen women who were trailblazing in labor unions across the Pittsburgh region beginning in the 1960s. Produced by the In Sisterhood Project, the exhibit includes portraits, historical photos and ephemera from the women's work and in their unions. Their stories are told in videos using excerpts from oral history interviews.

The exhibit features women such as Rosemary Trump who was the first woman hired by the SEIU to organize service workers, Nancy Murray who was the first woman hired in the building trades in Pennsylvania, and Carol Jones who was influential in the United Mine Workers successful compaign to have maternal and paternal leave in their contract with mine owners.

Pat Ulbrich, Director of the In Sisterhood Project, said, "This exhibit pays tribute to the unsung Sheroes of the women's and labor movements in the Pittsburgh region. We're excited to be able to tell their stries in their own words."

Opening reception:
Friday, August 26, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 PM

Rivers of Steel Gallery
The Bost Building
623 E. 8th Avenue
Homestead, PA

 The exhibit is open August 26 - December 31, 2016

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 10 AM to 2 PM
Saturday - 10 AM to 2 PM (September and October)

Information: 412-464-4020


160-inch Mill

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