Rivers of Steel - Pop Up Studio
Rivers of Steel - The Glory Years, Mount Pleasant: 1896-1965
Rivers of Steel - Rust Belt Food Tour


January 21 at 7:30 PM

On the third Saturday of each month from September through May the Bulgarian Center hosts a Balkan music and dance party known as a Vecherinka. The events begin at 7:30 and last till 11:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated.  Live music is provided by the Center’s BMNECC Band or by visiting guest artists. Easy-to-follow dance lessons are available during the first hour. You’ll love the large dance floor! 

The menu will include a variety of hot and cold Bulgarian specialties and an assortment of beverages, plus a cash bar. Dance lessons are available during the first hour.

Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

Ample parking is available in the Center's private lot.

Where:  BMNECC, 449 W. Eighth Avenue, West Homestead

Pop Up Studio

December 7 at 6:00 PM

Carve your own 5×7 block of linoleum to create your own unique image to use again and again to print up holiday cards or to simply create prints as gifts for your friends and family. Bring a favorite sketch of your own or an image that you like from a book or magazine and we’ll show you how to trace and transfer the image to the block and then how to carve it and print.

Pop-Up Studios are fun opportunities for adults, ages 18 and above, to get in touch with their inner creativity. Each class explores different techniques and media. No previous art experience is needed.

Wine, beer, snacks and materials will be provided.

Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members. Space is limited. Register online or contact 1.888.71TICKETS to register.

December 7 - 6pm to 8pm


The Westmoreland Museum of American Art 
221 N. Main Street, Greensburg, PA 15601

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.



160-inch Mill

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