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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
Giving Tuesday LogosBlog
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,…
hero image alloy pittsburgh featuring Oreen Cohen's Spectre and ShadePress Room
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…
Title" The Homestead Strike & the Growth of America as an Industrial Power" appears in text over a historic image of a steel millBlog
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…
Explorer at SunsetNewsletters
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…
LED light installation art by Ian BrillNewsletters
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…
he Explorer Riverboat cruising the river past the Carrie Blast FurnacesPress Room
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.…
African American steelworkers with a mill in the backgroundBlog
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

2016 Press Room

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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