Fall Events at Rivers of Steel

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area
September 2013

10 AM Saturdays  
May - October

October 2, 2013

October 3, 2013   

Carrie Blast Furnaces 
11:30 AM October 5
October 12  
 October 19

December 14 & 15    
@ The Pump House  

Own a piece of J&L Steel History for a  $25 donation!  

Thank you to our
Kenneth Lane
Dorothy Saxer
Robert Denisen
Richard Laughlin
Candice Archer
Robert Davenport
Keith Brown
Joseph Arnold
Eric Craig

Get Your Holiday Gift Buying Done Early! 

t your shopping done  early with steel heritage gifts purchased online or in our gift shop located  at the Rivers of Steel Visitor Center, 623 E. 8th.Ave,Homestead. Gift ideas include a variety of ethnic heritage cookbooks; DVDs of Pittsburgh-area steel history; Logo T-shirts and ball caps; posters of former steel sites: photographs of industrial sites; or an original piece of J&L History,  and much more! Or buy a gift certificate to the Carrie Blast Furnace Tours. Visit our online store and be ready before the holidays arrive!
Double your Donation Dollars
During Pittsburgh Gives Event Oct. 3
   Beginning at midnight on October 3 through 11:59 p.m. The Pittsburgh Foundation will match every gift, on a pro-rated basis, to Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation with an additional donation.  
    Please note that the minimum gift is $25. While there is no limit on the amount you can give, only the first $1,000 is eligible to receive a portion of the match.  Only credit card donations using Visa and MasterCard will be accepted and matched for this event.  No donations via check, cash or stock will be accepted.
   RSHC will use the funds raised from this extraordinary event to help further our efforts of preserving our industrial and cultural heritage of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Your contribution will be used for a variety of projects including the restoration of the Carrie Furnaces National Historic Landmark, the Battle of Homestead site, the W.A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry, the building of hiking and biking trails, education and interpretive programs and the many other programs underway in the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area.


Alloy Pittsburgh


Temporary Site-Based Artworks @ Carrie Furnaces 


 Alloy Pittsburgh is a unique visual and performing arts project co-founded by Pittsburgh artists Sean Derry and Chris McGinnis. The project was developed in collaboration with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and the Kipp Gallery at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Alloy Pittsburgh offers 15 emerging artists from the greater Pittsburgh region the opportunity to develop temporary site-based artworks for the Carrie Blast Furnaces site. Alloy Pittsburgh will open to the public at the Carrie Furnaces on Saturday,  September 28 from 2-6pm. The project is supported in part by a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund with additional support from the United Steelworkers Union. For ticket information, click here.  


Budget Restores $2.25 Million in Critical
Funding for Heritage Areas Program

   (Harrisburg, Pa) Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area and 11 other Pennsylvania state heritage areas recently praised the current administration and the House and Senate for including critical conservation programs in the 2013-2014 state budget.
    Specifically, the general fund budget includes $2.25 million for the state's Heritage Areas Program and $3.3 million in restored funding for conservation districts, which is in addition to the $5 million the districts will receive from the Act 13 Impact Fee. The budget also includes increased support for the Department of Environmental Protection.
     "Rivers of Steel is most grateful to the Governor and the state Senate and House for restoring funding to the Heritage Areas Program, a program that had been zeroed out for many years," said August R. Carlino, President & CEO of Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation . "This restoration is critical for the heritage areas' ability to continue the programs that attract tourists and benefit local communities."
     Heritage areas create jobs and bring businesses to the region, which generate hundreds of millions of dollars of added value in personal income, profits, community revitalization and government taxes. For every $1 of state funding received, Pennsylvania Heritage Areas leveraged an average of $5 of federal, local and private investment.

Urban Art Tour & Workshop
presented by Rivers of Steel
@ The Carrie Blast Furnaces on October 5 
Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts.
Fillins, King, Fat Caps, Pieces. Learn about these graffiti terms and more during a special Carrie Blast Furnaces Urban Art Tour & Workshop focusing on
graffiti found at the site. Led by graphic and web designer Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts, the tour will provide a deeper look at the spray painted pictures found on abandoned industrial sites and city buildings. Following the tour, Pilster will conduct a workshop where participants will create a take-away piece. A limited number of tickets are available. Click  here to sign up today!   Allow 2 hours. Recommended for ages 8+. Learn more about it by reading " Rust isn't the Only Thing Covering Abandoned Carrie Furnaces" published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.                                       

   In partnership with the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, The Pillow Project is creating The Jazz Furnace: an epic one-day performance event October 12 at The Carrie Blast Furnace site in Rankin/Swissvale, PA, that combines new ideas in improvisational dance performances, large-scale video installations and live music in a hauntingly vast location.  

    The Jazz Furnace will burn an entirely new kind of fire at the historical Carrie Blast Furnace, connecting our industrial past with some of The Pillow Project's newly forged ideas in Pittsburgh jazz dance and happenings.   

   The Pillow Project's vision for The Jazz Furnace is to help ignite a new life for The Carrie Furnace that is reflective of both the regions steel heritage and the exciting new artistic renaissance we are experiencing; to repurpose an iconic relic of our industrial history into a truly unique arts venue for the 21st century.  

For more information or to purchase tickets to one of the two sessions held from either noon to 5 PM or 7 PM to midnight, click here.