Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

September 2011

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 The Pittsburgh Foundation to match donations Oct. 4


  The Day of Giving 2011

will be held on Tuesday, October 4 from 12:00 AM until 11:59 PM. Your donation to  

Steel Industry Heritage Corporation (non-profit Rivers of Steel's legal moniker) supports the projects and programs that preserve Southwestern Pennsylvania's rich industrial and cultural heritage. All donations during that 24-hour period will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool. (As an example, if the match pool is $500,000 and the total amount raised that day is $2,000,000, the match will be .25 cents on the dollar.)

Only Master Card and Visa credit card donations will be accepted and matched through www.pittsburghgives.org during that 24 hours.  

The minimum gift is $25 and the maximum is $10,000.

Visit www.pittsburghgives.org on Oct. 4 and click on Day of Giving, then hit the Donate Now button (which will appear on Oct. 4) and follow the directions. You will receive confirmation that your donation has been received and an email will be sent to you for tax purposes.

We appreciate your consideration and donation in advance. 

For more information, click here. 



Roofing Project at Carrie

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A new roof for the AC Power House at the Carrie Furnace complex is just Phase I of planned stabilization projects at the site which will eventually make more of the site accessible for visitors.

The project, which began in early August is slated for completion by November and was covered by several grants to Rivers of Steel, which began managing the site last summer. Following a priority checklist created through a recent engineering study, the continued stabilization of the blast furnace complex will enable Rivers of Steel to provide more access to areas on the site for tour guests and for events.

Rivers of Steel recently completed a roofing project at another of their historic sites - the W.A. Young Foundry & Machine Shop in Rices Landing in Greene County.

Funds raised from tours and events at these historic properties go toward restorative projects at the sites.



Honoring our Military:

Free Admission for Active Military Personnel and Veterans


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Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, in partnership with the Blue Star Museums, National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,300 museums across America, is offering free admission to current and former members of the Armed Forces for the final Carrie Furnace Hard Hat tour of the season on the Oct. 15. Tickets for the tour, which are normally $25, will be free to all active duty and former military personnel and $12.50 each for up to five members of their immediate family, i.e. spouses, children and parents. 

Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel with ID will also get free admission to The Bost Building Museum, which is normally $3 for adults and $1 for children under 14. Up to five immediate family members can get in for half price.

Info: 412.464.4020, ext. 32 or sdrane@riversofsteel.com 



The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project 



Fall cleaning and don't know what to do with all those extra tote bags from festivals, events or various shopping expeditions? 

Just bring them down to The Bost Building, 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead!

A collection spot for the

Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project, in conjunction with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the goal of the project is to collect gently used and new tote bags to lend dignity to those participating in the region's food pantry programs. For more information, click 

here or call 412.228.0216. 




Rivers of Steel at Point Park University
Art Exhibition on Campus


  In a creative collaborative effort, Rivers of Steel and Point Park University will be showing steel industrial works of art

jin Lawrence Hall Gallery at the corner of Wood Street and Boulevard of the Allies.

  The art exhibit, which celebrates the region's rich industrial heritage, will feature works by Aaron H. Gorson, Clyde Hare, Robert Qualters, Frank DeAndrea, John Shryock, Frank Vittor and other artists. The art on display is from the collections of Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead; Tomayko Arts, 713 Filbert St., Pittsburgh; and The Duquesne Club, 325 6th Ave, Pittsburgh.  

  Free and open to the public, the show will run through Dec. 30. The hours are 8 AM to 9 PM Monday through Thursday and 8AM to 6 PM Friday through Sunday. For more information, click here or call 412.392.8008. To see more steel-related exhibits, visit The Bost Building, headquarters of Rivers of Steel, 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead. Read more about the Point Park University display in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Image is of a John Shryock painting - "J&L Steel Mill" - 1974 - part of the Rivers of Steel collection.   


Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tours Wrap up 2011 Season Oct. 15

Enjoy Heritage Market Vendors at Final Tour 


The 2011 season of the Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tours will come to a close with the final public tour on Oct. 15. Tours of the century old iron-making cdeer headomplex will be offered at 9 AM, 10 AM and 11 AM. To celebrate the end of our season, vendors from our Community Heritage Market at The Historic Pump House will set up some of their market tabledragon ladys and offer handcrafts and tasty treats to eat. Tour guests will have the opportunity to learn more about steel heritage and enjoy the lively atmosphere of our bustling Community Heritage Market.

To enjoy the market sooner than the Oct. 15 Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tour date, visit The Historic Pump House this Sunday, Sept. 25 or Oct. 1 for Biketoberfest 2011. (see below) For more information about the Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tours, click here or call 412.464.4020, ext. 32. 



Biketoberfest 2011 

Mon-Yough Area Chamber and Rivers of Steel

Partner for Bike Fundraising Event 


   Rivers of Steel and the Mon-Yough Area Chamber of Commerce are working together to offer the first Biketoberfest 2011 in the region! Held 8 AM to 11 AM Saturday, Oct. 1 at The Historic Pump House, the bike funbikes P/Hdraising ride will be followed by a fall festival until 2 PM. Starting  at the Pump House, ride lengths include a 5-mile family ride around The Waterfront; a 10-mile ride to Duquesne and back; a 20-mile ride to McKeesport and back; and a 30-mile ride to Boston and back.   

   The fall festival will include craft and food vendors, live polka music from the Grkman brothers who are frequent  performers at the Hofbrauhaus in Southside Works, and docent-led tours of The Historic Pump House.  Festival vendors are from the weekly Community Heritage Market at The Historic Pump House held every Sunday through the end of September.  

  Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for children and $60 for families and participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt.  Other ways to participate include sponsoring water stations,  financial or in-kind donations. To participate in the ride, click here or call 412.678.2450. To be a vendor at Biketoberfest, click here or call 412.464.4020, ext. 46. Read more about Biketoberfest 2011 in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  



Check out the latest exhibit at The Bost Building, 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, which features a unqiue variety of steel industry memorabilia from steel industry enthusiasts. The exhibit includes buttons, hats, steel objects, signage, posters, watches and much, much more. The exhibit runs through October. For more information, click here or call 412.464.4020, ext. 21.  


Carrie Furnace featured on Travel Channel's "Off Limits" Nov. 8  

Will be on "Antiques Roadshow" in 2012


   The Carrie Furnace complex got the star treatment recently with live tapindon wildmangs done on-site by the Travel Channel and PBS and will be featured on both television channels. At 10 PM Nov. 8, a visit by "Off Limits" host Don Wildman to the Carrie Furnaces and other Pittsburgh area sites will be the focus of the urban exploration show.

   The series goes to various cities and visits sites that are normally off limits to the general public to re-discover historical events and facts about each locale.walberg

   The Travel Channel visited the Pittsburgh region in the spring, making stops at the former Mellon Arena and Fort Pitt Bridge, among others, including the Carrie Furnace site. Wildman, considered an historian/explorer, scaled the heights of the blast furnace complex as he focused on areas not normally explored.

   In August, "Antiques Roadshow" host Mark L. Walberg and staff visited the Pittsburgh area and chose to do a live taping at the century-old iron making complex with the focus on steel and iron jewelry as well as the pair of blast furnaces. The Pittsburgh show is scheduled to run between January and June of 2012. Read more about Antiques Roadshow's visit in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  For more information email Sherris Moreira or call 412.464.4060, ext. 46. 


Fourth Annual Americas in Concert Presents Tango   


Sponsoreoctavia brunettid in part by Rivers of Steel, The Octavio Brunetti Tango Quintet will be performing at the Fourth Annual Americas In Concert 7:30 PM Oct. 1 at The Hillman Center for Performing Arts.

Brunetti has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and is one of the most renowned tango pianists in the world.

To reserve your free tickets, call 412.394.3353 or click here





 In the News  



Have you read a story or written a blog about Carrie Furnace or Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area? Let us know and we may include it in our next newsletter! Email Sherris Moreira or call 412.464.4020, ext. 46, with the details.



Donor Appreciation 


A special thank you to those who recently donated items, resources or time to the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area Museum and Archives. 

Eddie Adams, Edward Bich, Mike Boytim, Ronald and Irene Niziol, Dan Silverman, Jack Bragg, Judith Brenner, Martha Hayes, Dan Merenick, John and Jolene Polaritz

 Become a Member 

Join today and enjoy tour and museum shop discounts! Info: 412.464.4020, ext. 32 


Save the Date!


Our Third Annual Holiday Heritage Market is set for November 20 at the Historic Pump House in Pittsburgh's Waterfront! For more information, email Bridget Bradley or call 412.464.4020, ext 71. 

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