NEWSLETTER - August 2014

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- Aug 16 at Carrie Furnaces


On August 16th, it's the party of the year at the Carrie Furnaces - and we are grateful to all our sponsors and collaborators for their support! 


Join us for an evening of food, fun and film at the Carrie Furnaces in Rankin, PA, and show your support for the restoration of one of Pittsburgh's great urban artworks and the historic site that inspired its creation.


Special guest hosts for the event are actor and writer David Conrad and WQED Pittsburgh's producer and filmmaker Rick Sebak who open the festivities with our VIP Reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. 




David Conrad                Rick Sebak

VIP RECEPTION guest activities include tours of the site dramatically lit by "sunlight transformed into electricity" as our sponsors Clear Story and Zero Fossil collaborate on solar powered lighting of the architectural structures. Meet the Artists who spent a year building the sculpture in the earliest days of the Industrial Arts Cooperative (IAC) as well as filmmakers Sharon and Ken Brown of Glyph Inc, who created the documentary as part of the Carrie Deer Project sponsored by The Sprout Fund, Rivers of Steel and Glyph, Inc


IAC Mobile Sculpture Workshop at the Heritage Market

Enjoy the honky tonk/classic rock of  The Beagle Brothers, improvisational dance staged through the site by The Pillow Project, and demonstrations of welding and metal sculpture by students of the Industrial Arts Cooperative Metal Sculpture Workshop. Take a guided tour of the site while indulging in the luscious fare provided by our sponsors - Kevin Sousa's Superior MotorsOlivia Crocker's Dorothy 6 Blast Furnace Cafe, The Brew Gentlemen Beer Company and Stay Tuned Distillery.



The party continues when General Admission gates open at 8:00 PM with great bites and beverages from our local eateries and quite a few surprises courtesy of Rivers of Steel and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council - so hang on to your tickets for some terrific giveaways and prizes! As dusk falls, a very special presentation officially opens the Carrie Deer Restoration Kickstarter Campaign before the open-air, big-screen premiere of The Carrie Deer Documentary.




Check in with Rivers of Steel for our complete listing of activities and sponsors and get your tickets for this night-long celebration at ShowClix. Then drop by the Event Page and let everyone know you're going to SAVE the CARRIE DEER!


                Open-air screening begins at dusk. General Admission holders - bring your lawn chair!                          Alcohol is strictly prohibited.



The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, in conjunction with the PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, announces that applications are now available for the 2014 Mini-Grant Program. To be considered for a 2014 grant, completed applications must be received by 3:00 pm on September 22, 2014.

Keith Clouse
Open Exhibit at the Pump House
880 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA

Rivers of Steel is hosting an August exhibit of artist  Keith Clouse's recent works relating to the late 1970's and early 1980's industrial heritage of Pittsburgh. The Pump House, a part of the former Homestead Works, is a perfect setting for his black and white imagery of both decaying and working local steel mills and the individuals who filled the ranks of steelworkers during these time periods.

Keith's lithographs are rich in subject imagery, detail and nuance developed through a multi-layered process. Keith exposes the prints to rusting sheet steel for absorption of the rust as a patina or applies multiple coatings of amber shellac for richness of depth. Once the desired effects are completed, Keith mounts each work on backgrounds of actual steel shavings, sets the glass and welds each frame of American-Made steel angle-bar that has been exposed to the natural elements. The element of rust is the encompassing statement of his works on the decay of industrial heritage. 

Hosted by Rivers of Steel, the exhibition is open to the public at the following times through August 31, 2014:

Sundays:           10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mondays:         10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesdays:      5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fridays:             10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
                             5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturdays:        10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Photo Book Online at STOREHOUSE

The National Park Service Save America's Treasures Grant to Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is the beginning of a new phase of support to ensure preservation  of the W. A. Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry. It also enables us to pursue new methods of stewardship in providing the greater public introductory materials on this site that has been acknowledged by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as one of the most nationally significant to our country's industrial heritage.


Our first publication is the free on-line STOREHOUSE visual narrative on the Foundry providing an overview of this prime example of a mid-century industrial machine shop. STOREHOUSE is a visual-storytelling platform available on-line that provides free access to multi-media publications. The Foundry publication is a brief introduction to the range of original 1870s through 1902 equipment housed at the Rice's Landing facility in Greene County, includes a video clip of the functional overhead pulley and belt system, and provides an overview of the site's history with details of the Young family's development of the shop.  

This transitional shop, with nearly all 25 original pieces of equipment in complete working order, has been designated a national treasure of the region's industrial evolution from the local blacksmith shop to the mass production machining facilities of today. The site is open for public tours on Sundays from spring through autumn with docents providing demonstrations of the equipment and methods of mid-century machining processes. The Appalachian Blacksmith's Association and Pittsburgh Area Artists Blacksmith Association also hold a yearly spring Hammer-In at the facility during the Rices Landing Riverfest, preserving the art of foundry and machining work to ensure new generations are informed of this industrial legacy.

Summer Sunday Tours: Noon to 4:00PM
For reservations, contact: George Blystone at 724-710-4898


The Rivers of Steel Archives are open to the public for research (by appointment only) Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Research materials are available in the form of books, articles, audiovisual recordings, and archival material covering the steel and related industries, labor/unions, capital/industrialists and ethnic and cultural groups in Southwestern Pennsylvania.


To make a research appointment, please call the Archives at 412-464-4020 Ext. 21, or search the collection online.

This month's archival photo: From the Armstrong County Historical Collection, 1920 slide transparency of 3 men with a melting pot.





Saturday, SEPTEMBER 6

Catch up with the amazing XPOGO team on-site at the Carrie Furnaces! Details soon.

Watch XPOGO's 2013 trailer in Braddock and at the Carrie Furnaces here.



Saturday, SEPTEMBER 13 AT 1:30PM

 Get ready to photograph the Carrie Furnaces with the colors of autumn foliage. View photos from previous tours at the Carrie Furnaces Photo Safari Blogspot. Reservations are limited for the month's Photo Safari Tour, so get your tickets now!  


Chimney and Rustedthing by Jim Lloyd - May 2014 Photo Safari Tour
Open to the Public: SUNDAYS from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Visitors can explore the historic building and site during the
Sunday Heritage Markets celebrating the heritage and communities of the region. During August, you can also view our open exhibition Banking the Fire Exhibit by Keith Clouse inside the Pump House. Meet our local artisans, businesses, farmers, vendors and community organizations when you stop by for great food, handcrafted goods and fun! 
SATURDAYS - 9:00 and 11:00 AM

August 9, 16* and 30
September 6, 13, and 20*
Constructed in 1906, the furnaces stood at the heart of U.S. Steel's Homestead Works until 1979 and at one time produced more than 1,000 tons of iron a day. On this tour, a Rivers of Steel tour guide will lead visitors through the iron-making process, sharing the story of the site's technology, workers, and culture from it's heyday to the post-industrial present.  Allow 2 hours for tour. (*9AM tour only) 

SATURDAY - August 23 
Tours: 9:00, 9:30 and 10:00AM
Former steelworkers who worked the site prior to its 1979 closing join our tour guides and share their personal experiences of working the site and what it meant to be a man of steel in the Pittsburgh mills.  Please allow 2 hours for tour.
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Jones & Laughlin Steel symbolizes industrialized Pittsburgh and is an integral part of Pittsburgh'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.

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