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Rivers of Steel showcases the artistry and innovation of southwestern Pennsylvania’s industrial and cultural heritage by fostering dynamic initiatives and transformative experiences.

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Tours, workshops, special events—there is always something fresh to do with Rivers of Steel!

Inspired by the legacy of iron-making at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, Rivers of Steel’s Metal Arts program offers educational workshops, public demonstrations, and team-building experiences highlighting foundry work.

Digging into the history of southwestern Pennsylvania and sharing themed itineraries filled with museums, attractions, collections, and sites, Rivers of Steel crafted a series of articles that offer innumerable ways to explore the Heritage Area.

Read the latest updates on Rivers of Steel and activities with our partners in the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.


Visit, learn, and experience all five of the Rivers of Steel attractions that showcase the artistry and innovation of our region’s rich heritage.

Docked on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, an excursion on Explorer offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the beauty and history of Pittsburgh from its majestic rivers.

Site of the 1892 Battle of Homestead and a key part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works

This time capsule of America’s industrial heritage embodies the “can-do” spirit of early 20th-century craftsmen.

A vestige of Pittsburgh’s 20th-century domination of the steel industry

The Bost Building serves as the Visitors’ Center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and offers exhibits on the region’s industrial and cultural heritage.

A banjo player wearing a vest and cap.

Rivers of Steel Announces Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grants

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Rivers of Steel Announces Folk Arts Grant Opportunity Call for applications for the 2024 – 2025 Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts  …
A yellow sunset softly illuminates the stack and stoves of the Carrie Furnaces with an Ore Bridge spanning the foreground of the image.

Catch Up with Rivers of Steel

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Rivers of Steel Recent Newsletters You can stay up to date with all the fresh news and stories from Rivers of Steel when you sign up for our biweekly newsletter. …
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Event Preview: The 2024 Hammer-In Festival

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A blacksmith demonstration at the W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop for the Hammer-In Festival. The 2024 Hammer-In Festival By Lynne Squilla, Contributing Writer Step back in time…