Exhibitions at the Bost Building

Rivers of Steel is home to an extensive archival collection related to Big Steel and its associated industries. Collections include art, artifact, documents, photographs, and audio-visual materials.

Objects range from massive machinery, such as the 48” Universal Plate Mill currently housed at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, to the smallest ephemera, such as a worker’s pay stub.

In the galleries, guests can explore permanent exhibits on the U.S. Steel Homestead Steel Works, the 1892 Homestead Lockout and Strike, and a chronicle of the restoration of this National Historic Landmark, as well as take in temporary exhibits that draw from the resources in the archives.

Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective

Temporary Exhibition—October 8, 2021 through February 27, 2022

Kathleen Ferri first picked up a paintbrush at 58-years-old. Now 95, her “memory scenes” will be collectively on view for the first time—including a number of paintings that will also receive a public debut. Kathleen’s work preserves the small-town streets of her childhood with an intuitive sense of history and the warmth of sentiment. They radiate with color and burst with joy as expressive figures make their way through downtown Turtle Creek, riverside mills, Kennywood heritage days, and more. See the Mon Valley as few have in this career retrospective, presented by Rivers of Steel and augmented with archival artifacts from the organization’s collections. Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective is curated by Barbara L. Jones, chief curator at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, and Ron Baraff, director of historic resources and facilities for Rivers of Steel.

A painting of a small amusement park with a roller coaster, merry-go-round, auto ride, a dancing pavilion and a pool.

A 1993 painting by Kathleen Ferri of Burke Glen, a former amusement park in Monroeville. The park operated from 1926 to 1974, just off the Old William Penn Highway. Photo by Bob Donaldson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, courtesy of the artist.

The Restored Rooms

Permanent Exhibition

The Bost Building was built in 1892 as a hotel and served as the temporary headquarters for the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers during the Homestead Lockout and Strike. Two rooms in the building have been restored to the way they looked in 1892, with original floorboards and period reproduction wallpaper. One room tells the story of the Homestead Strike; the other is currently hosting a small exhibition on the 1919 Steel Strike.

 

The Homestead Room

Permanent Exhibition

The Homestead Room is a permanent exhibit displaying artifacts and art work specifically related to the Homestead Works. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a 23.5′ long model of the Homestead Works that originally stood in the General Office Building of the mill.

Guests in the Battle of Homestead Room

Visitors in one of the restored rooms

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