Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

November 2011


 Pittsburgh named

"Best of the World 2012"

by National Geographic




Pittsburgh is the place to be in 2012, according to National Geographic.

Described by the magazine as having a "natural setting that rivals Lisbon and San Francisco, a wealth of fine art and architecture, and a quirky sense of humor," the city was placed alongside 

Greece, New Zealand and Panama as one of the top 20 destinations to visit in 2012.

The city of steel and Sonoma, California, were the only two places in the U.S. put on the globe-trotting list.

The magazine described Pittsburgh's transformation from steel industrial capital of the world to technologically cutting edge and green friendly as "revolutionary."

It also referred to the filming of the most recent Batman movie - "The Dark Knight Rises" - in the city this past summer.

The steel city has received a spate of kudos in the past several years for it's reinvention as well as its top notch amenities.

Forbes Magazine recently named its universities the top in the nation and Pittsburgh was named in the top 10 cities list for finding jobs by monster.com. Its public golf courses were recently named #2 in the nation by Golf Digest.     

The Gift of Steel Heritage


   Give the gift of Pittsburgh's heritage! Ethnic cookbooks, steel heritage DVDs, folk music and much more are available at the Rivers of Steel Visitor Center, located at The Bost Building, 623 E. 8th Ave., Homestead, PA. Some of our favorites include a Tuscan-American Kitchen Italian cookbook, jaunty Rivers of Steel ballcaps and (our favorite) gift certificates for a Carrie Furnace Hard Hat Tour. For more gift giving ideas, visit our website or visit us at our location! Items will also be available Sunday at the Holiday Heritage Market at the Pump House.


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 


The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project


holiday tote bag   


Make room for those gifts by bringing your extra tote bags 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. 




Steel Heritage takes a Star Turn 

Carrie Furnace, Pump House, Featured on Travel Channel, PCN, WQED















  Lights. Camera. Steel.

   Pittsburgh's steel heritage is taking center stage with features in several television productions this month as the city's popularity gains momentum.         

    "Off Limits", a Travel Channel series that focuses on the rediscovery of historical events and facts located in restricted sites, will be featuring the Carrie Blast Furnace when it airs 9 AM Saturday, Nov. 19. Host Don Wildman (seen above talking with Ron Baraff, Director of Museum Collections and Archives at Rivers of Steel) an historian and urban explorer, scaled the heights of the blast furnace complex last spring during taping of the Pittsburgh episode. Other places he visited included the Civic Arena and the Carnegie Mellon University's Robotic's testing facility.

   Recently the Carrie Furnace complex and the former Homestead Works werwalberge featured on WQED's "America's Arsenal: How Pittsburgh Powered WWII" which will be shown several times throughout the month. They also feature the Bantam Jeep designed in Butler and the Westinghouse artist who created the Rosie the Riveter image.

   The blast furnace complex was also the scene of a steel heritage segment shot by "Antiques Roadshow" in Augusst. The popular PBS series plans to air the Pittsburgh episode in three parts on Feb. 13, 20 and 27. The Carrie Furnace segment is scheduled for Feb. 20.

    The Pump House was also featured in PCN Television's "Humanities on the Road" series with folk artist Tom Breiding singing selections from his "Steeltowns, Coalfields & the Unbroken Circle" album. Taped inside the Pump House in Munhall, the show also explored the history behind West Virginia's coal industry and the generations of industrial workers from Pittsburgh. 

  Image from Travel Channel's "Off Limits" series 

Holiday Heritage Market at the Historic Pump House

10 AM to 3 PM Nov. 20


 Get  your holiday shopping done early at the third annual Holiday Heritage Market at the Historic Pump House located in The Waterfront, a popular Pittsburgh area shopping district. The ethnic artisan market is freeand open to the public, and will include ethnic heritage foods andHeritage Market 2010 crafts, such as Bulgarian-Macedonian pottery, products from the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, foods from the British Isles and Pittsburgh heritage cookbooks. Handcrafts include bottle cap, fused glass, and stone jewelry, purses made from recycled materials, upcycled lamps, puzzle name stools, fiber art wall hangings, crocheted bags and hats, and candles, among other items. Food vendors will provide bakery items such as scones and biscotti, English pasties, hot soup and teas, cookies and chocolates, among other goodies.

Music will be provided by RichPatrick Celtic Music  who specialize in folk, bluegrass and Celtic music. Visitors can also take part in a Pick-a-Prize Auction, with chances to win items such as Bulgarian pottery and handcrafted jewelry. For more information click here or call 412.464.4020, ext. 71.


Upkeep at the Carrie Furnace Complex 

Stabilization projects continue at the Carrie Furnace complex. Besides the new roof for the AC Power House, a group of volunteers spent time doideer repairng much needed maintenance of the popular onsite fixture known as the "Deer Head." The crew added steel supports and bolstered reinforcements already in place. They also cleared out the building underneath the sculpture and provided planking on the roof to safely continue its upkeep in the future.

Other projects at the site include new stairwells for public access on the Cast House of Carrie No. 6, new doors, window covers and secured areas for storage; clean up and repdeer headairs of the Stock House and Car Dumper; debris removal of Blowing Engine House, Ore Yard, Stock House and the Iron Alley; graffiti removal and site security including doors, fences, chains and welded panels.

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.

Funds raised from tours and events at the Carrie Furnace complex goes toward restorative projects at the sites. A special thank you to all of our hard working and productive volunteers! For those interested in volunteering at the site, click here or call 412.464.4020, ext. 21.

 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.


Giving Thanks 

 PittsburghGives 2011  

Rivers of Steel extends a special thank you to all who gave during The Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving program in October. The rate of giving for the 654 local nonprofits in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties was almost doubled from 2010 with a total of close to $6.5 million.

Click for more opportunities to donate or volunteer with Rivers of Steel.





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