Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area  

 September 2010 Newsletter


hmong show
 Hmong needlework showing a variety of styles practiced by Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun of Upper Darby, Pa. This is just one example of hand crafted art on display at The Bost Building in Homestead. The exhibit "Making It Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania" is open through November 30. Photo by Amy Skillman
"Out of this Kitchen" Cookbook 
Any cook's collection
 of recipes is not complete without the "Out of this Kitchen" cookbook, a compilation of recipes from the many different ethnic groups that have settled in the Steel Valley. Whether
you want to make the tastiest pierogies or the best sweet potato pie, this cookbook provides recipes
for great ethnic food and includes historical anecdotes about the Steel industry and the ways in
which historical events like World War I and the Great Depression affected the cooking of Steel Valley
Cost: $15 at the Rivers of Steel Museum Store.
Carrie Furnace Tours 

Rivers of Steel Takes the Public Inside 
the Carrie Furnace Complex

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is operating public Hard Hat Tours of the Carrie Furnaces at the former U. S. Steel Homestead Works.   
Constructed in 1906, the furnaces stood at the heart of U.S. steel's Homestead Works until 1979.  At one time, the furnaces and the steelworkers who labored in them produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. Now, these 92-foot-tall structures stand as sentinels to Pittsburgh's steel heritage. 

Book your group tour today! 
Tickets are $25 each.
 Tour is approximately 1.5 hours long. Groups must be 10 or more. Group discounts for 25 or more available. Limited availabilty.
Reservations can be made by contacting Stacy Drane at
412-464-4020, ext. 32 or [email protected]
Membership with Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area includes free admission to our exhibits, among other benefits.
www.riversofsteel.com for more information.
  Welcome Aboard
Interns: Emily Hoover of Duquesne University; Eric Horgos of University of Pittsburgh 
Volunteers: Rick Rowland, Robert Zeigler, Sam Robinson 
City Guides: Tom and Annette Todd, Sylvia Ehler, Nancy Dean  
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"Making it Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania" exhibit at The Bost Building  

Homestead, Pa - Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is hosting "Making It Better: Folk Arts in Pennsylvania" from September 7 through November 30 at The Bost Building in Homestead. The folk arts exhibit tells the story of more than 30 Pennsylvania folk artists, representing a wide array of traditions such as African dance, Aztec clay flutes, Pysanky eggs, contemporary blacksmithing and Vietnamese funerary portraits. The exhibit demonstrates that although most traditional arts are rooted in centuries' old practices, they are meeting the needs of those living in modern times. 
   Area artists represented in the statewide show include Dosina Blemahdoo of Homestead; Antonella Dilanni from Monroeville; Temujin Ekunfeo of Pittsburgh; Michael Kapeluck from Carnegie; Jerry Jumba of McKees Rocks; and Jymm Hoffman, Ambridge. Their contributions include Ghanian clothing, Italian bobbin-lace, Yoruba Sacred Beadwork, iconography, Carpatho-Rus and East Slovak secular and sacred song, and blacksmith art. 
Folk Art poster   "Making it Better" was created by the Institute for Culturnal Partnerships in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, Erie Art Museum, Northern Tier Cultural Alliance, Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center, Community Partnerships Resource Conservation and Development Council, with assistance from the Philadelphia Folk Art Project.
   Funding support comes from PicturePA, a program of the Pennsylvania Counil on the Arts, a state agency; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council from their National Endowment for the Humanities' We The People Initiative on American History.
    The exhibit is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bost Building, which also includes exhibits on the steel industry, is $3 for adults and $1 for children 14 and under. For more information, call 412-464-4020 or visit www.riversofsteel.com. For more information about the exhibit and the artists, visit www.folkartpa.org.

Pittsburgh Foundation Day of Giving Oct. 13, 2010

     A very special opportunity for donating to Steel Industry Heritage Corporation will occur starting at 12 a.m. midnight Oct.13, 2010 to 11:59 p.m. of the same date, for a full 24 hours.  At that time, you will be able to donate to SIHC and have every dollar that you contribute be matched by The Pittsburgh Foundation! This is a very generous offer by The Pittsburgh Foundation, but this offer is not exclusive to SIHC.
   Here's how it works:  The Pittsburgh Foundation has set aside $500,000 to be used as potential match to hundreds of other non-profits in the region. Every organization that receives funds during the match period will receive a portion of the match. The matching dollars will be pro-rated.
   We are asking you to do a few things in addition to marking your calendar First, click onto http://pittsburghgives.org and save it under bookmarks. Then on Wednesday, October 13, please click on that same link at your earliest convenience and enter "Steel Industry Heritage, Inc." into the "Find Nonprofits" window, and make a donation to SIHC. Your contribution will help SIHC receive additional funds generously set aside by The Pittsburgh Foundation
Thank you for your consideration, and in advance for your donation. If you should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jeff Leber, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the
Steel Industry Heritage Corporation at [email protected]
 Successful Media Day at Carrie Furnace promotes Heritage Development 

   It was standing-room only when members of the media and tourism industry got a first-hand look at two century-old iron furnaces - the last of their kind left intact in the United States.
   A media day at the Carrie Furnace site drew visitors to the Mon Valley in August, as area leaders revealed their vision for the former iron making complex that used to be part of the U.S. Steel Homestead Works. The furnaces were key in the defense of the U.S. during two World Wars, providing the iron that was used in the production of armor plating for ships and media day fulltanks.

   "These furnaces will stand as a testament to a monumental industry," said August R. Carlino, President and CEO for the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation which took possession of Carrie Furnaces No. 6 & 7 and its surrounding acreage in May. Carlino, along with Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) expounded upon their plans for the 168-acre brownfield site.

   "The Carrie Furnace site sat dormant for two decades before Allegheny County purchased the land to reclaim and redevelop it," said Onorato. "This is a remarkable development opportunity for the Mon Valley, and we've been working with the five boroughs that span the site, the Commonwealth, and the Steel Industry Heritage Corporation to ensure that we not only create jobs and revitalize this prime riverfront property, but that we also preserve a piece of what made our region a manufacturing giant."

   To that end, Congressman Doyle recently introduced a bill to establish a Steel Industry National Historic Site which includes the Carrie Furnace complex, the Pumphouse and Water Tower which was location of the 1892 Battle of Homestead and the Rankin Hot Metal Bridge.The furnaces already were designated a National Historical Landmark in 2006. Development plans also include homes, businesses and trails as well as the historic park, according to Onorato.


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Donor Thanks
Rivers of Steel gratefully acknowledges these patrons who have recently donated artifacts, photographs or documents to our collections: Ronald and Irene Niziol; and TEKO-Westinghouse Motor Company. If you have artifacts or documents that you are interested in donating, please contact Ron Baraff, Director of Museum Collections and Archives: 412.464.4020, ext. 21 or Tiffani Emig, Curator of Collections: 412.464.4020, ext. 22. 
Buy one,
Get one
Special Back-to-School discount for high school and college students. Buy one, get one free admission to the Bost Building Steel Heritage museum until Oct. 15. Discount applies to college and high school students. Will need confirmation of current school affiliation. For times and dates, visit www.riversofsteel.com
www.riversofsteel.comOffer Expires: Oct. 15, 2010