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.

From the Vault: Staff Picks from the Rivers of Steel Archives

Temporary Exhibition
On Display Through March 2020

We are by nature a society that creates and discards, then rediscovers and collects the discarded. The important, as well as the ephemeral, bits and pieces of our lives and preceding generations lives are folded into our fabric and treasured. The Rivers of Steel Archives serve as a gathering place for these treasured mementos, historic records, and ephemera of our past. Our collections hold the soul of the region—a magical trove that can educate, entertain, and enlighten. From the smallest of union badges to the immensity of a Rolling Mill, the items within our holdings are the key to our past as a region, and as a people. Our collective memory is contained within their being—each piece capable of telling its own story and enriching our lives.

For this exhibition, our staff was asked to gather materials from our collections that speak to them personally and professionally; those items that help them tell the story of who we are as a region, an organization, and as an individual. As a staff, we bring diversity of experience and spirit to our jobs; we are however all coalesced around the common theme of regional identity and pride. The collections speak volumes about the soul of the region.

Various exhibits inside the museum.

The From the Vault Exhibition

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 contains photographs that chronicle the restoration of the building from dilapidation through its opening as the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area Visitors’ Center.

 

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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