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- Aug 16 at Carrie Furnaces


Join guest hosts David Conrad and  Rick Sebak
Saturday, August 16, for an evening of live music, great food, improvisational dance and the first public showing of The Carrie Deer Documentary.

Meet the artists of the Carrie Deer and be part of the launching of the Save the Carrie Deer Kickstarter Campaign supporting the restoration of the 40' salvage art sculpture.  Live performances include improvisational dance movements staged on-site by the Pillow Project as the Carrie Furnaces reverberate to the high energy   honky-tonk/classic country mix of The Beagle Brothers. At dusk, we'll wrap up the evening's events with the premiere big-screen, open-air presentation of the real story behind this amazing work of art. Come join this celebration of art, performance and film inspired by the Carrie Furnaces!
David Conrad


VIP w/RECEPTION...........................$125/1 ticket

Early Bird VIP*..................................$200/2 tickets


6:00 to 8:00 PM - VIP Reception   

VIP w/Reception tickets include the 6-8PM VIP Reception where guests meet-and-greet our hosts David Conrad and Rick Sebak, as well as the Carrie Deer artists and documentary filmmakers; additional activities include, a silent auction and twilight site tours, with food and drink by Superior Motors and Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Café, At 8pm, join the festivities for the live interactive Kickstarter Campaign kick-off, street food, and music before the open-air film screening. (VIP includes reserved parking, reserved seating for the film screening,)


*Early Bird VIP pricing valid through July 31st  


Rick Sebak


General Admission

General Admission..............................$10/1 ticket


8:00 PM - Gates Open for General Admission*  

Join the festivities of live music, street food vending, our live interactive Kickstarter Campaign kick-off, and open-air film screening.*   


*Bring your lawn chair!



Open-air screening begins at dusk. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.


Construction - 1998
Courtesy of Liz Hammond

In 1997, a group of young urban artists, known as the Industrial Arts Co-op, entered the grounds of the Carrie Furnaces to explore the abandoned iron mill as a potential location for their clandestine urban art. Inspired by the magnitude of the mill and encroaching nature, they worked every Sunday for over a year to create this massive artwork entirely by hand from discarded site materials. In 1998, as a site-specific work, the artists released the sculpture to the fate of the mill's then imminent demolition.

The Carrie Deer has endured 16 years of the site's evolution from abandoned mill to prominent tourist destination. It has survived scrap collectors, vandals, graffiti artists, weather conditions, and threats of destruction to emerge as a key focal point of revitalization for this National Historic Landmark site. For this magnificent piece of art to survive into the future, it must be restored and maintained. We invite you to be part of this very special event in support of the Carrie Deer and appreciate your participation in our upcoming Kickstarter Restoration Campaign. 

To read more about the Carrie Deer, the artists, and the documentary, visit The Carrie Deer Project Facebook page or website.

Saturday, July 19 - 11:00 AM

Graphic artist and web designer 
Shane Pilster of 82Concepts explores the melding of urban art, history and culture that is the art-form of graffiti in this 3 hour tour and workshop at the Carrie Furnaces. From political commentary scratched in Roman Catacomb walls to the "Kilroy was here" of World War II to the recent Sony handheld PSP street art marketing campaign, graffiti is an evolving form of expression from simple words to elaborate paintings.

Beginning with a tour of the Carrie Furnaces highlighting historic graffiti and new art works, Shane encourages open discussion on the use and art of graffiti. After the tour, participants move to the site's Power House for a hands-on experience with design, letter form, techniques, painting with aerosol and the opportunity to participate in a large scale example testing their own new talents in creating Fat Caps, Kings and Fillins.

Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate shoes and clothing for the site tour and workshop involving aerosol paints.

Allow 3 hours for tour and workshop

*Recommended for ages 8+

Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant Awarded

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has confirmed the award of a $50,000 Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant to the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area to enable preservation of the historic machinery of the W. A. Young & Sons Machine Shop and Foundry located in Greene County's Rices Landing. The grant is significant acknowledgment of the site's historic value to the nation as State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Jefferson, was quoted by the Greene County Messenger: "The century-old foundry and the machinery and tools, some dating to the 1870s, are marvels worth protecting and appreciating," Snyder said. "The region's industrial heritage will be well served by this grant."


Owned and operated by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage, the shop is a prime example of a mid-century industrial shop providing an exemplary interpretive experience of our nation's industrial heritage. As a transitional shop housing 25 pieces of original equipment manufactured between 1870 and 1920, the majority of which are in complete working order, it is imperative to secure the stability of the wooden structure built by William Young between 1900 and 1908 in order to ensure the future preservation of this national treasure of the region's industrial evolution from local blacksmith shop to mass production machining facilities.


Summer Sunday Tours:  - NOON to 4:00PM

For reservations contact: George Blystone  724-710-4898 

Open to the Public: SUNDAYS from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Visitors can explore the historic building and site during the Sunday Markets celebrating the heritage and communities of the region. Meet our local artisans, businesses, farmers, vendors and community organizations when you stop by for great food, handcrafted goods and fun!

FRIDAYS through August; SATURDAYS through OCTOBER

JULY 18, 19 & 25
Our Rivers of Steel tour guides lead visitors through the iron-making process, sharing the story of the site's technology, workers and culture from its heyday to the post-industrial present.

SATURDAY - July 26 
Tours: 9, 9:30 and 10:00AM
Former steelworkers join our tour guides, sharing their personal anecdotes for unique presentations on the culture, history and daily life of the workers of the iron mill.

SATURDAY, July 19 at 11:00AM
Join Shane Pilster and our tour guides for trip through graffiti history and a hands-on workshop experience in creating your own unique style!

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Jones & Laughlin Steel symbolizes industrialized Pittsburgh and is an integral part of Pittburgh's culture. Photos, archival documents, artifacts and personal stories tell the story of an incredible and resilient company and the region that it helped create.

Belts, Shafts and Keys: Accompaniment & the Machine Shop
Chris McGinnis art installation at W. A. Young Machine Shop and Foundry

State Grant Money Helps Historical Groups Make Ends Meet
Scott Hocking, Coronal Mass Ejection
Detroit Artist inspired by Carrie Furnaces
Grant Awarded to Protect W. A. Young Foundry Equipment
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Your donation to the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area supports the projects and programs that preserve Southwestern Pennsylvania's rich industrial and cultural heritage for future generations.
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As a MEMBER of Rivers of Steel, you can make a difference in preserving our cultural heritage, natural resources, recreational amenities and assist in economic development of our region. Membership benefits also include: 10% discount in the gift shop, free exhibit admission, invitations to members-only events/programming, and two complimentary tickets to our Carrie Furnaces Tour! Thank you for supporting the efforts of Rivers of Steel.
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