November Events with Rivers of Steel

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
November 2012

Calling all Historic
Sites & Organizations

Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation's Mini-Grant
program is designed to assist heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities, within our eight county heritage area to develop new and innovative programs that include collaborative partnerships to enhance industrial heritage preservation, the stewardship of natural resources, outdoor recreation and heritage tourism.  Applications due 4 PM Nov. 27, 2012.
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Interactively learn the story of Pittsburgh steel and the immigrants and industrialists that made this country great! Visit The Bost Building, also known as the River of Steel Visitor Center. Great for Rotary groups; Red Hat ladies; Youth groups; senior centers; family visits; and much more! Enjoy a great winter tour for your group or organization that includes a visit through Pittsburgh's steel heritage museum and a sampling of the region's cookie tradition.  For more information, click here or call 412.423.8687.
Jones and Laughlin Steel Company : A Pittsburgh Icon
Exhibit due to open just in time for holidays at The Bost Building
An exhibit centered around the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company, or J&L, is scheduled to open
"J&L Steel Mill" by John Shryock, 1974 
at the end of November in
The Bost Building, 623 E. 8th Avenue, Homestead, visitor center for the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The exhibit will celebrate and explore the history of the steel company, located on both  the Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Founded in 1850 as the American Iron Company, where Southside Works is currently located, it was renamed Jones and Laughlin in 1861 after changes in ownership. By 1904 a second plant bearing the same name was built in Aliquippa. The exhibit will explore the mill company's long history as a Pittsburgh icon. For more information, click here  or call 412.464.4020, ext. 21
 Holiday Artist Market at the Historic Pump House  
Two-day event held first weekend of December  
The 4th annual Holiday Artist Market at the Historic Pump House will be a 2-day event held 10 AM to 2 PM Dec. 1 & 2. The market, which is free and open to the public, will include locally made crafts, ethnic foods, and great holiday gift ideas. Sponsored by Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, the market connects the  community at large to the historic site where the Battle of Homestead occurred in 1892. Rivers of Steel will also be selling books, clothing and multimedia items focusing on the industrial and cultural heritage of southwestern Pennsylvania. The site is also a trailhead for the Great Allegheny Passage - a bike trail between Washington, DC and Pittsburgh. To be a vendor at the event or for more information, click here.  
Supported by a grant received in August by the Sprout Fund, a local incubator and supporter of "innovative ideas that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh", the Carrie Furnace Deer Film Project centers around the large sculpture located at the Carrie Furnaces site in Rankin and Swissvale, Pa, which is managed by Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp. The sculpture was created in 1997, when  a group of young deer head project Pittsburgh artists completed a yearlong adventure of personal and artistic growth that forever changed their lives. The Carrie Deer 40' sculpture visually embodies Pittsburgh's abandoned industrial sites' return to nature. This documentary is a glimpse into the early experiences of the artists who have become leaders in the Pittsburgh arts community. Surviving 15 years on the abandoned site, the Carrie Deer sculpture is now the central public artwork of the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark and a breathtaking stop on the Carrie Furnaces Tours. The film project will encompass a documentary, workshops and special events centered around the Carrie Deer sculpture and public art in the Pittsburgh area. To participate in the project, send a picture of the Carrie Deer sculpture or your favorite Pittsburgh public art here or visit the project website to learn more. Project team leaders are award-winning producer/writer Sharon Brown and Ron Baraff, Director of Museum Collections & Archives with Rivers of Steel. 


A special thank you to our donors


Thomas Spisashift changek, Dr. Miles S. Richards, George O'Brien, Carol O'Hare, Donald Kissock, Deborah A. Figura Weber, Darlene Smith, William Coogan, Frank Walker, Kelly Keane, Don Barnes, Allen Fauchaber, Alan Lucas, Larry Singer, Gary Weisel, Carl Brickner, Patricia Hughes, Robert Dorsett, Robert Clementi, Iris Richards, Kirschmann Family, Tom Niziol and Tom Franko. Do you have a steel heritage item to donate? Learn more here or call 412.464.4020, ext. 21. 
Gift Certificate Special
Buy 3/1 Free 
Get the perfect family present! Buy 3 Carrie Furnaces Tour Gift Certificates and GET ONE FREE through December 31, 2012. Open April through October, the gift certificates are good throughout the 2013 tour season! Purchase 3, then 1 additional tour ticket will be sent to you. Click here for more details.
Offer Expires: Dec. 31, 2012