A large Christmas Tree and people ice skatingBlog
December 3, 2021

The Ultimate Holiday Happenings Guide for Southwestern Pennsylvania

The UPMC Rink at PPG Place by Kurt Miller.By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience The Ultimate Holiday Happenings Guide for the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area Holiday merriment…
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November 30, 2021

Winter Holiday Cultural Heritage Recipes

A table set for the holidays, photo by Askar Abayev (Pexels).By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Winter Holiday Cultural Heritage Recipe Box: In Case You Missed It…
A group in hard hat walk through the ore yard in front of the Carrie Blast Furnaces.Blog
November 24, 2021

Rivers of Steel’s 2021 Year in Review

Looking Back & Looking Ahead Rivers of Steel's accomplishments in 2021 set the stage for bigger things to come!  2021 was a dynamic year for Rivers of Steel. It marked…
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November 19, 2021

Educator Opportunity: The Homestead Strike & the Growth of America as an Industrial Power

This summer 72 educators from across the country will convene in Pittsburgh for a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop presented by Rivers of…
Students look through binoculars on the bow of the Explorer riverboat.Blog
November 19, 2021

“Environmental Science on the Three Rivers” program boosted by Peoples Gas sponsorship

By Gita Michulka, Contributing Writer   |   Image: Students from Carmichaels Middle / High School look for birds during the Environmental Science on the Three Rivers program. Photo by Jason Cohn.…
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November 4, 2021

Community Spotlight: Pennsylvania Trolley Museum creates ‘Rolling Melting Pot’ experience

By Gita Michulka, Contributing Writer   |   Image: Open car at Museum Road, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum. Community Spotlight The Community Spotlight series features Rivers of Steel's partner organizations whose work…
A red clapboard building with dozes of six-over-six windows.Blog
October 22, 2021

A Decade-Long Journey for a 120-Year-Old Building

By Carly V. McCoy, Director of Communications   |   Image: W.A. Young & Sons Foundry and Machine Shop in Rices Landing, PA. Photo by Richard Kelly Photography. The Restoration of the…
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October 8, 2021

Picked, Baked, Chopped, and Pickled—Four New Culinary Trails

By Cynthia Caul, Program Manager at Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) at Chatham University  |   Image: Weatherbury Farms, a stop on the Baked culinary trail. Photo by Emeran Irby.…
A painting of the U.S. Steel Homestead WorksPress Room
September 29, 2021

Rivers of Steel Presents Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective

US Steel, Homestead, PA by Kathleen Ferri, collection of the artist. Rivers of Steel Presents Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective Exhibition Highlights the Painting Career of the Mon Valley Artist…
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September 28, 2021

Google Arts & Culture—Pittsburgh: Proud and Powerful

From 1957 - 1974, Jack Boot Displays was commissioned to print mill safety signs for the United States Steel Corporation. This collection is highlighted in the "Safety First in Poster…
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September 24, 2021

Heritage Highlights: Greensboro Pennsylvania Art Cooperative

Entrance to the Greensboro Pennsylvania Art Cooperative's ceramic studio. Heritage Highlights Rivers of Steel’s Heritage Arts program strives to represent the region’s diverse cultural heritage, from ethnic customs and occupational…
Two black women with braids look at colorful and geometric art on a gallery wall.Blog
September 24, 2021

Community Spotlight: Kelly Strayhorn Theater

By Gita Michulka, Contributing Writer   |   Image: Community members visit the new Gallery KST to see the exhibition by Women of Visions. Photo by  Lindsay B. Garvin. Community Spotlight The Community…
A group in hard hat walk through the ore yard in front of the Carrie Blast Furnaces.Press Room
September 23, 2021

Rivers of Steel Receives a Save America’s Treasures Grant

Rivers of Steel Receives a Save America’s Treasures Grant from the National Park Service Grant funds critical restoration of the Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historic Landmark   Homestead, PA (September…
A bird from recycle rusty metal.Blog
September 10, 2021

Alloy Pittsburgh: Process & Product

By Carly V. McCoy, Director of Communications   |   Image: Detail of Jan Loney's Flight in front of the stoves and stack for the Carrie Blast Furnaces Number 6 & 7. Alloy Pittsburgh…
The Carrie Blast Furnaces in 1988Blog
September 10, 2021

An Iconic Symbol—the Carrie Blast Furnaces

The Carrie Blast Furnaces in 1988. Photo from the Rivers of Steel Archives. By August Carlino, President and Chief Executive Officer Saving the Carrie Blast Furnaces and Envisioning Tomorrow After…
The Explorer Riverboat with the Carrie Blast Furnaces in the background. and early fall leaves.Press Room
September 1, 2021

Rivers of Steel Announces Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity

Rivers of Steel 2021 Mini-Grant Program Applications Available Homestead, PA (September 1, 2021)—Rivers of Steel is now accepting applications for its Mini-Grant program, which assists heritage-related sites and organizations, as…
An illustration of a giant green shirt over a photo of the Carrie's Blowing Engine HousePress Room
August 11, 2021

Rivers of Steel Announces Programs for Alloy Pittsburgh 2021

Bradford Mumpower's vision for his Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 installation at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, a larger-than-life representation of the "greens" worn by workers. Rivers of Steel Announces Programs for Alloy…
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July 30, 2021

Aluminum in a Steel World: Pittsburgh’s Industrial Legacies

Aluminum Illustrations, 1948. Illustration of aluminum smelting at Alcoa. Niziol Collection, Rivers of Steel.By Ron Baraff, Director of Historic Resources and Facilities Aluminum—Born of the Pittsburgh Spirit This August, Rivers…
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July 16, 2021

Bringing Mad Max to Life

By Carly V. McCoy, Director of Communications   |   Image: Character from Mad Max: Fury Road.  Image by Jeff Zoet Visuals with J Potosky as Immortan Joe. Getting in on the Action…
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July 15, 2021

Alloy Pittsburgh: Out & About

By Carly V. McCoy, Director of Communications   |   Image: Lori Hepner demonstrates the light wand at the Doors Open Homestead Event. Alloy Pittsburgh—Interrupted When Alloy Pittsburgh returns to the Carrie…
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July 2, 2021

Heritage Highlights: Holy Martyrs’ Sawdust Carpets

A sawdust carpet from the Feast of Corpus Christi at the Holy Martyrs Parish. Heritage Highlights Rivers of Steel’s Heritage Arts program strives to represent the region’s diverse cultural heritage,…
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June 21, 2021

Rivers of Steel is Hiring for Two New Part-time Coordinators

Join the Team! Rivers of Steel is excited to announce that we are hiring for two new part-time positions—an Administrative Services Coordinator and Special Events Coordinator. The Special Events Coordinator will…
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June 17, 2021

Dreyfuss’s Folly: The Origins of Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field

"Entrance to Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, PA." Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.By Ron Baraff, Director of Historic Resources and Facilities The Origins of Pittsburgh's Forbes…
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June 3, 2021

Where Environmentalism Meets Historic Preservation

Men fish in the Monongahela River in front of the Carrie Blast Furnaces, a recreational activity that is far more common today than it would have been 40 years ago…
The Explorer riverboat on the Mon RiveriPress Room
June 1, 2021

Rivers of Steel Launches New Tour on the Explorer Riverboat

The Explorer riverboat travels on the Monongahela River with Pittsburgh's First Side in the background. Rivers of Steel Launches New Tour on the Explorer Riverboat The Uniquely Pittsburgh Sightseeing Tour…
A couple photograph the skyline from the boat,Blog
May 12, 2021

Getting to the Heart of The Hardest Working River

The Explorer riverboat approaches the Monongahela River during the Hardest Working River Tour, which was first offered last fall. Getting to the Heart of the Hardest Working River Kirsten Paine, a…
Ed Parrish shown smiling in his hard hat, sunglasses, and leathers.Blog
April 30, 2021

Profiles in Steel: Ed Parrish, Jr.

Ed Parrish, Jr. during an iron pour at the Carrie Blast Furnaces, fall 2020. Photo by Richard Kelly. Profiles in Steel Rivers of Steel is excited to launch a new…
A small group of people stand in courtyard, looking up at the Carrie Blast Furnaces.Press Room
April 29, 2021

Rivers of Steel Announces Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 Artists

Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 artists tour the Carrie Blast Furnaces, April, 2021. Rivers of Steel Announces Alloy Pittsburgh 2021 Artists New this year: Community-based Artist Residencies Homestead, PA (April 29, 2021)—Rivers…
A green glazed vase with an illustrative face paired with a white teapot with a figural image of a Black woman.Blog
April 16, 2021

Heritage Highlights: Women of Visions

Functional ceramics by Mary Martin, a member of the Women of Visions artists collaborative. Heritage Highlights Rivers of Steel’s Heritage Arts program strives to represent the region’s diverse cultural heritage,…
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April 15, 2021

August Wilson’s American Century Cycle

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in Fences (Paramount Pictures) A Look at August Wilson's American Century Cycle By Brianna Horan The Carrie Carpool Cinema season kicks off this weekend with…
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April 13, 2021

Catch Up with Rivers of Steel

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. …
The Carrie Blast Furnaces appear across the river with an industrial furnace cap in the foreground.Press Room
April 13, 2021

Rivers of Steel Reopens Mon Valley Attractions

Rivers of Steel Reopens Mon Valley Attractions Expanded hours for the Carrie Blast Furnaces, plus new hours and admission for the Bost Building Homestead, PA (April 13, 2021)—Rivers of Steel…
A black and white image of four white women, two in hard hats and respirators in front of a smoking steel mill.Blog
March 31, 2021

Women of Steel: Steffi Domike

Women of Steel, the production team from the 1985 documentary of the same name— (left to right) Beth Destler, Steffi Domike, Linny Stovall, & Allyn Stewart Women of Steel—Steffi Domike…
Carrie Carpool Cinema Banner imagePress Room
March 25, 2021

Rivers of Steel Announces the 2021 Schedule of Movie Screenings at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

Rivers of Steel Announces the 2021 Schedule of Movie Screenings at the Carrie Blast Furnaces Homestead, PA (March 25, 2021)—Rivers of Steel is excited to announce the return of the…
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March 19, 2021

Rivers of Steel Announces Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grants

Rivers of Steel Announces Folk Arts Grant Opportunity Call for applications for the 2021-2022 Master Artist and Apprenticeship grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts   Homestead, PA (March…
A gray haired woman in a black sweater paints a pastoral scene. Behind her is a wall of her other paintings.Blog
March 19, 2021

Heritage Highlights: Kathleen Ferri

Kathleen Ferri painting, image courtesy of the artist, by Bob Donaldson for the Post-Gazette. Heritage Highlights Rivers of Steel’s Heritage Arts program strives to represent the region’s diverse cultural heritage,…
Black and white professional women in hard hats pose outside a millBlog
March 17, 2021

Shining a Light on the Ciloets

A few of the 148 Ciloets who visited the Johnstown Works in 1977. Shining a Light on the Ciloets By Brianna Horan Having a friend at work can be a…
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March 5, 2021

Birding from Explorer

By Angela Biederman, Chief Deckhand  |   Featured Image: Angela Biederman birdwatching on the Explorer riverboat."Birding from Explorer" is an ongoing series of articles by Angela Biederman, Chief Deckhand on the…
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March 2, 2021

Conversations About LightPlay

Conversations About LightPlay A mini-documentary about the LightPlay Exhibition at the Carrie Blast Furnaces  In September of 2020, Rivers of Steel presented the LightPlay exhibition at the Carrie Blast Furnaces.…
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February 25, 2021

Rivers of Steel Supports Reauthorization Bill

Rivers of Steel Supports Rep. Cartwright and Sen. Casey’s Lead on Bipartisan PA Delegation on Bill to Reauthorize PA National Heritage Areas and Uplift Local Economies Homestead, PA (February 25,…
A Black drag queen poses with children's books while wearing a animal print dress and a matching fancy hat.Blog
February 19, 2021

Heritage Highlights: An Interview with Akasha Van Cartier

Drag Queen Story Hour with Akasha Van Cartier Heritage Highlights Rivers of Steel’s Heritage Arts program strives to represent the region’s diverse cultural heritage, from ethnic customs and occupational traditions…
A Black man rakes down manganese from a pile.Blog
February 18, 2021

John Hughey & the Legacy of Black Workers at the Carrie Furnaces

By Ryan Henderson, Interpretive Specialist John Hughey & the Legacy of Black Workers at the Carrie Furnaces A Segregated Workplace & A Segregated City As a major hub for metal…
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February 5, 2021

Birding from Explorer

By Angela Biederman, Chief Deckhand  |   Featured Image: Angela Biederman birdwatching on the Explorer riverboat."Birding from Explorer" is an ongoing series of articles by Angela Biederman, Chief Deckhand on the…
Josh Gibson with a crowd of young ballplayersBlog
February 4, 2021

Josh Gibson Gets His Due

By Ron Baraff, Director of Historic Resources and Facilities   |   Image of the Josh Gibson with young ballplayers. That Gibson Fellow... “There is a catcher that any big-league club would…
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February 3, 2021

Rivers of Steel Awards Mini-Grants

Rivers of Steel Awards Nine Mini-Grants Funding for local nonprofits provides $60,000 for heritage tourism, community development, and placemaking initiatives   Homestead, PA (February 3, 2021)—Rivers of Steel recently awarded…
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January 21, 2021

Rivers of Steel Receives New Capacity Building Grant from the National Park Foundation

Rivers of Steel Receives New Capacity Building Grant from the National Park Foundation Grant expands Rivers of Steel’s ability to update strategic plan to include DEAI initiatives.   Homestead, PA…
Artist Benjamin Aysan with First Lady Frances Wolf and Governor Tom WolfBlog
January 8, 2021

Heritage Highlights: Benjamin Aysan

Artist Benjamin Aysan with First Lady Frances Wolf and Governor Tom Wolf Heritage Highlights Communities are built by sharing and traditions are built by sharing across generations. At Rivers of…
Father John with his wife and son.Blog
January 7, 2021

Cultural Heritage Recipe Box – Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas

Father John Charest with his wife and son.By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Cultural Heritage Recipe Box: Ukrainian Orthodox Christmas It’s unlikely that you’d hear the date…
A smiling black woman dressed in a beautiful blue and white print with a matching headwrap with blue and white traditional baskets in the background.Blog
December 31, 2020

Cultural Heritage Recipe Box – Kwanzaa

Local caterer and food scholar Olafemi MandleyBy Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Cultural Heritage Recipe Box: Celebrating Kwanzaa The holiday of Kwanzaa, observed each year from December 26…
Four women in a room decorated for Christmas, circa early 1990s.Blog
December 25, 2020

Cultural Heritage Recipe Box – Family Memories

Grandma Rocky's house—Grandma (sitting), Aunt Nancy, Pam's sister Kim and PamBy Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Cultural Heritage Recipe Box: Family Memories Baking up a batch of…
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December 22, 2020

Artist Profile: Douglas Lopretto

Artist Doug Lopretto posing with a mural he helped create for the Homestead Streetside Gallery.In 2020, Rivers of Steel Arts launched the Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of…
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December 18, 2020

Cultural Heritage Recipe Box – The Tamburitzans

Three young women dressed for the Serbian Pembe dance. Image courtesy of The Tamburitzans.By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Cultural Heritage Recipe Box: Serbian (and Italian!) Tamburitzan…
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December 17, 2020

Migratory Bird Sightings

By Angela Biederman, Chief Deckhand  |   Featured Image: Angela Biederman birdwatching on the Explorer riverboat. Migratory Bird Sightings While much of River of Steel's activity has quieted down, there is…
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December 11, 2020

Cultural Heritage Recipe Box – Jewish Association on Aging

Residents at the Weinberg Village Celebrating Hanukkah in 2019By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Cultural Heritage Recipe Box: Jewish Hanukkah celebrations began last night at sundown, marking…
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December 9, 2020

Cultural Heritage Recipe Box – G.T.E.V. D’Lustigen Isartaler

Group photo of the G.T.E.V. D’Lustigen Isartaler, PittsburghBy Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Cultural Heritage Recipe Box: Bavarian Bela and Kiki Steinmetz Pater Béla Pater is the…
Elected Officials and Mr. CarlinoPress Room
November 25, 2020

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates WindStax Wind Turbine

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Historic Pump House Celebrates New WindStax Wind Turbine Congressman Mike Doyle, Lt. Governor John Fetterman, and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald spoke at socially-distanced event. Homestead, PA (November…
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November 25, 2020

Cultural Heritage Recipe Box

The food mill handed down from Sue Carlino's grandmother.By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Cultural Heritage Recipe Box: Winter Holiday Edition The long nights and cold temperatures…
WindStax 40' installed near sculpture and industrial relicsPress Room
November 17, 2020

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at the Pump House

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Celebrate WindStax Turbine Installation at the Pump House Congressman Mike Doyle, Lt. Governor John Fetterman, and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald scheduled to speak on November 24. Homestead,…
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November 13, 2020

Exploring the Heritage Area—Ways to Enjoy the Region’s Waterways

Rafting on the Youghiogheny River. Image courtesy of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Exploring the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area –…
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November 13, 2020

Artist Profile: Zachary Rutter

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
black and white photographs of Cap and Anna PoseyBlog
October 29, 2020

Cumberland “Cap” Posey

By Brianna Horan  |   Images of Cumberland "Cap" Posey and his wife Anna Posey. The Lasting Legacy of Cap Posey For the nearly 12 million immigrants who arrived in the…
street scene with artBlog
October 21, 2020

Art For Everyone

By Jon Engel, co-curator of the Homestead Streetside Gallery   |   Featured Image: Mural by Darryl Bennett, installed on Seventh Avenue, Homestead. Art for Everyone Especially these days, I often find…
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October 16, 2020

The Steamboat Race of the Century

By Brianna Horan  |   Image: The Christening of the Homestead, October, 1945. From the University of Pittsburgh's William J. Gaughan Collection. The Steamboat Race of the Century In 1949, tens…
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October 15, 2020

Pittsburgh’s Time as a Steamboat City

By Brianna Horan  |   Image: An illustration of the Steamboat Arabia by Gary Lucy, provided by the Senator John Heinz History Center Pittsburgh’s Time as a Steamboat City What goes…
A Barge on the Mon RiverBlog
October 1, 2020

Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Iconic Barges

By Suzi Bloom, Director of Education   |   Image of a barge on the Monongahela River by Adam Piscitelli, 2016. Southwestern Pennsylvania's Iconic Barges While towboats and barges are not unique…
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October 1, 2020

Artist Profile: Ryan Keene

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
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September 23, 2020

Rivers of Steel Hires new Vice President & Chief Operations Officer

Rivers of Steel Hires Amy Baldonieri as new Vice President & Chief Operations Officer Homestead, PA (September 23, 2020)—Rivers of Steel is excited to announce that Amy Baldonieri has filled the…
The Explorer Riverboat with the Carrie Blast Furnaces in the background. and early fall leaves.Press Room
September 9, 2020

Rivers of Steel Announces Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity

Rivers of Steel 2020 Mini-Grant Program Applications Available Homestead, PA (September 9, 2020)—Rivers of Steel is now accepting applications for its Mini-Grant program, which assists heritage-related sites and organizations, as…
Press Room
September 1, 2020

LightPlay at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

Rivers of Steel presents LightPLAY—a light-based exhibition at the Carrie Blast Furnaces Homestead, PA (September 1, 2020)—Rivers of Steel is excited to present LightPlay, an evening, light-based experience at the…
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August 20, 2020

Exploring the Heritage Area—Planes & Aviation

Westmoreland County Airshow in Latrobe by Bill Rigsby. Image courtesy of the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Exploring the Rivers of Steel National…
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August 19, 2020

Celebrating National Aviation Day

Photo: Huffman Prairie, National Aviation Heritage Area, courtesy of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance.Across the United States, there is a vast network of National Heritage Areas, each one designated by…
Detail of Report Cover Stating "Economic Impact Assessment" with a photo of the pittsburgh skyline and the explorer riverboatPress Room
August 18, 2020

Rivers of Steel Economic Impact Assessment

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area Visitor Spending Generates Economic Impact of $92 Million Annually Homestead, PA (August 18, 2020)—Rivers of Steel released an economic impact study today that estimates…
Clusters of Families stand six feet or more apart in the ore yard.Uncategorized
August 14, 2020

Rivers of Steel Reopens More Attractions

Rivers of Steel is Reopening More Attractions In mid-June Rivers of Steel resumed tours and workshops at the Carrie Blast Furnaces. Not only have these programs been well attended, guests…
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August 13, 2020

Artist Profile: Latika Ann

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
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August 11, 2020

Exploring the Heritage Area -Trains & Tracks

A CSX train approaches Station Square, August 2020.By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Exploring the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area – Trains & Tracks! Transforming Travel…
B/W images of train tracks and buildings in WVBlog
July 31, 2020

Mill Marks: A Legacy Stamped in Steel

Photos and Essay by Kevin Scanlon, Rivers of Steel Volunteer Mill Marks The latter part of the 1800s was the era that made Western Pennsylvania a leader in steel production.…
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July 24, 2020

Nellie Bly—A Pioneering Traveler

A lifelike figure of groundbreaking journalist Nellie Bly will join Franco Harris and George Washington at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Courtesy of Senator John Heinz History Center.By Brianna Horan, Manager…
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July 16, 2020

Exploring the Heritage Area – Automobiles & Roadways Part Two!

Model Ts on the National Road's Turkeynest Curve, heading down from the historic Summit Hotel. Courtesy of the National Road Heritage Corridor.By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience…
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July 9, 2020

Artist Profile: Steven Haines

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
Carrie Carpool Cinema Banner imagePress Room
July 7, 2020

Rivers of Steel Presents Double Feature Movie Screenings at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

Rivers of Steel Presents Double Feature Movie Screenings at the Carrie Blast Furnaces Homestead, PA (July 7, 2020)—Rivers of Steel is excited to announce new programming at the Carrie Blast…
Military Style Jeep with american flags in front of a monumentBlog
July 3, 2020

Exploring the Heritage Area – Automobiles and Roadways

By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Exploring the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area – Automobiles and Roadways! Transportation keeps us moving, so it’s a fitting theme…
A black and white street scene of Baum Blvd, showing Motor Square GardenBlog
June 30, 2020

Pittsburgh and the Automobile Industry in the Early 20th Century

Image: A view of Baum Boulevard at South Beatty Street with a view of Motor Square Garden, Pittsburgh Auto Club, and the East Liberty Presbyterian Church steeple. Image courtesy Pittsburgh…
Carrie Blast FurnacesPress Room
June 12, 2020

Rivers of Steel Reopens the Carrie Blast Furnaces for Modified Tours and Workshops

Rivers of Steel Reopens the Carrie Blast Furnaces for Modified Tours and Workshops Homestead, PA (June 12, 2020)—Rivers of Steel is excited to announce the opening of its 2020 season…
A docent leading a group on the Industrial Tour at the Carrie Blast Furnaces.Uncategorized
June 5, 2020

Reopening Rivers of Steel

Reopening Rivers of Steel's Attractions The safety of our employees and visitors is of paramount importance.  Rivers of Steel adheres to the guidelines and restrictions set by the Commonwealth of…
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June 5, 2020

We Remember George Floyd

We Remember George Floyd: Rivers of Steel's Call to Action to Ourselves and Our Region Rivers of Steel condemns the murder of George Floyd. Starting today, we will work aggressively…
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June 3, 2020

The Restoration of “Miss Carrie”

By Keith Clouse, Rivers of Steel Volunteer Preservation Work on the #101 Locomotive A large part of iron making is providing the raw materials to the blast furnaces in a…
Jack Boot Safety PostersBlog
May 28, 2020

A Home for the Culture of Steel

By Ryan Henderson, Interpretive Specialist To Collect, Preserve, Display & Share A key component of Rivers of Steel’s mission has always been the collection and preservation of materials related to…
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May 21, 2020

Artist Profile: Shane Pilster

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
An aerosol artist works on a mural of a steelworker.Blog
May 20, 2020

Understanding Historic Preservation in a Dynamic Frame: The Graffiti Arts Program at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

By Caitlin Frances Bruce, PhD.   |   Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh Understanding Historic Preservation in a Dynamic Frame: The Graffiti Arts Program at the Carrie Blast Furnaces…
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May 14, 2020

Artist Profile: Rachel Sager

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
Carrie Blast FurnacesBlog
May 8, 2020

Reawakening

By Ron Baraff, Director of Historic Resources and Facilities   |   Image of the Carrie Blast Furnaces Celebrating Our Industrial Heritage Time has taken its toll on sites such as the…
Artwork by Jarrod RussellBlog
May 7, 2020

Artist Profile: Jarrod Russell

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
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May 6, 2020

Giving Tuesday Gratitude

By August Carlino, President and Chief Executive Officer An Extraordinary Day of Giving   Dear Friends of Rivers of Steel, The hardworking spirit of the people of southwestern Pennsylvania is…
Detail Richard Hass Steel Town Mural on Byham TheaterBlog
May 5, 2020

Exploring the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience Routes to Roots! You might be a Pittsburgher, a Monacan, a Vandergrifter, a Farmingtonian, or a Rices Landing resident. But if…
A young girl holding a sign that reads "amazing."Newsletters
May 4, 2020

May 2, 2020 eNewsletter – A Legacy of Grit and Giving

Giving Tuesday Now | May 5, 2020 Dear Friend of Rivers of Steel— For thirty years, Rivers of Steel has been investing in our region’s communities. Our mission, in short,…
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May 3, 2020

The Spirit of Travel

By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience    |    Image: Group Tour on the Explorer Riverboat National Travel and Tourism Week Let me be the first to wish…
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April 30, 2020

Artist Profile: Curtis Reaves

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
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April 23, 2020

Artist Profile: Katy DeMent

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
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April 22, 2020

Growing the Iron Garden

By Ron Baraff, Director of Historic Resources and Facilities   |   Image of the Iron Garden at the Carrie Blast Furnaces Nature's Way of Reclaiming a Built Environment When we first…
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April 20, 2020

The Healing Power of Nature

By Suzi Bloom, Director of Education   |   Image of the Point from the Explorer riverboat An Opportunity to Explore: City Nature Challenge As we prepare to mark the 50th Earth…
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April 16, 2020

Artist Profile: Lindsey Scherloum

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
Archival image of workers changing shifts at Homestead Steel WorksNewsletters
April 10, 2020

Spotlight on National History Day

Rivers of Steel Locally Supports National History Day Competition for Students National History Day is a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland.   Each year a theme is selected…
Dandelions sculpture By Carin MincemoyerBlog
April 9, 2020

Artist Profile: Carin Mincemoyer

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series. Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
Pysanky Egg in a TreeBlog
April 8, 2020

Recipes, Customs, and Heritage Keep Us Close during Springtime Celebrations

By Brianna Horan, Manager of Tourism & Visitor Experience    |    Image of a pysanky egg created and photographed by Lisa DiStefano-Bauer Traditions in a Time of Social Distancing Flowering…
Sculpture entitled The Iron Smelled Like Sweet Rain Image 1 - iron suspended in airBlog
April 2, 2020

Artist Profile: Gwen Sadler

Rivers of Steel Arts is excited to launch the 2020 Mon Valley Featured Artist Series! Showcasing some of the exciting creative professionals working across the Mon Valley Creative Corridor, this…
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March 16, 2020

Rivers of Steel Closed Through 4/30

In compliance with Governor Wolf's mandatory shutdown of non-essential businesses, Rivers of Steel will be closed at least through April 30  Any and all programs during this time are considered…
The exterior of the historic Bost Building.Blog
March 14, 2020

Bost Building Closure

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, Rivers of Steel is committed to do our part in to help slow the spread of the virus. Therefore, the Bost Building…
Angela Biederman's Untitled Bottle Car during the Alloy Pittsburgh 2018 opening reception.Newsletters
January 31, 2020

Community Collaborations Attract National Attention

Community partnerships have always been one of Rivers of Steel's core values. In fact, it's the primary way Rivers of Steel works to showcase our region's assets, tell its stories,…
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January 15, 2020

Rivers of Steel to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Rivers of Steel to Receive Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Homestead, PA (January 15, 2020)—Rivers of Steel has been approved for a $35,000 Art Works grant from…
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January 14, 2020

Educator Opportunity: NEH Workshop

This summer 72 educators from across the country will convene in Pittsburgh for a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop presented by Rivers of…
The Explorer riverboat at dock with students entering the boat.Blog
October 30, 2019

The Monongahela Explored

Earlier this month, the Explorer riverboat journeyed up the Monongahela River to the town of New Eagle, docking at Tubby Hall Park for a month-long residency in the Mon River…
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August 15, 2019

Fifth Annual Festival of Combustion

Festival of Combustion sizzles with headline bands, extended hours, fireworks finale Homestead, PA (August 15, 2019)— Rivers of Steel and 91.3 WYEP present the Festival of Combustion, Rivers of Steel’s…
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August 7, 2019

Immersive multimedia installation to be showcased at the Carrie Blast Furnaces

Historically Evocative Artist Valery Lyman has long been drawn to places around the country that are, as she puts it, “historically evocative.” And in her opinion, Pittsburgh and its surrounding…
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June 19, 2019

6 Ways to Explore the Outdoors with Rivers of Steel this June

Summer is officially here this Friday, and we've got some seriously amazing events lined up in the next two weeks that you don't want to miss out on. Twilight Soiree…
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April 30, 2019

April 2019 Enewsletter

Rivers of Steel kicks off Homestead First Fridays with a new site-specific art installation at the Bost Building This Friday night Homestead’s historic Eighth Avenue will light up like never…
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April 16, 2019

2019 Press

Quantum Theatre Stages KING LEAR at Carrie Blast Furnaces Hammer time: Local blacksmith shares his craft 10 Fantastical Places to See Street Art in Pittsburgh Industrial buildings tell Pittsburgh's story.…
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March 25, 2019

Artist Profile: Curtis Reaves’ Remnant of Promise

About Curtis Reaves When Curtis Reaves applied to be an artist-in-residence for Alloy Pittsburgh 2018, his artistic vision for a site-specific work at the Carrie Blast Furnaces was nearly fully…
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January 5, 2018

2018 Press Room

December Where is the Mon Valley? October 2018 Pittsburgh Smart 50 honorees Mon Valley students learn about science on the Mon Who's Looking Out for Pittsburgh When the Sun Goes…
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January 5, 2018

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December Cal U honors students premier digital stories on regional historic sites November Obituary: Thomas Labanc | Teacher and Carrie Furnace tour guide melded talents to educate Only in Pittsburgh:…
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January 5, 2018

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December Allegheny County begins process to reopen Hot Metal Bridge between Munhall and Swissvale September Festival Review: Thrival taps into a hotbed of potential at Carrie Furnaces Thrival Music Festival:…
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