NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2014

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BACK to SCHOOL BLAST
Saturday
- September 6, 3-7 PM at Carrie Furnaces
 

Come on out to the Carrie Furnaces for a rockin' good time - great bands, food, activities, tours and much more at our first BACK to SCHOOL BLAST!

  

      

Saturday, September 6, from 3:00 - 7:00 PM, Rivers of Steel presents their new Back to School Blast at the Carrie Furnaces Historic Landmark site. It's an event packed with action, music, history and art! You'll be amazed by the world-renowned professional athletic abilities of XPOGO, the extreme pogo sport professionals using air and band-powered sticks made for height and durability.  Check in with XPOGO's RISE - their multi-layered story of reinvention and growth, capturing the world's best Xpogo athletes in the brokenly beautiful town of Braddock, PA. 

 

We'll be reaching new heights with the stunning aerialist acrobatics of Kelsey Keller Aerial! Kelsey has performed with Xclaim Dance Company in Columbus and the Zany Umbrella Circus in Pittsburgh and brings a true splash of color and magic to the BLAST!

   

The blast furnaces will ring out with the live sounds of 4 musical groups throughout the event! Come on out and cheer your favorites and hear some new sounds from  great Pittsburgh bands: Donovan Grey, the funk/rock jam of the Swag Monkeys , the bluegrass/rock of The Seams , the drivin' rock of Skull Kid!    

 

The Swag Monkeys 
The Seams
Skull Kid

We'll have great crafts, eats and beverages on site from our Heritage Market vendors and local food trucks during the BLAST! Take a mini-tour onsite - Tour the Carrie Blast Furnaces* for a close up look at how steel was made or join in an Urban Art Tour* for an eye-opening look into the world of graffiti art at the Carrie Furnaces - and much more at the Rivers of Steel Back to School Blast!    

 

 

 Tickets available at the gate.

Event Admission: $5/per person - children 6 years and under FREE   

Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.   

 

*Mini-Tours available at additional fee:  

  Mini Blast Furnace Tours at $5 and Mini Urban Art Tours at $20 

THE CARRIE DEER EVENT WRAP UP

Over 500 supporters joined us on August 16 for the SAVE the CARRIE DEER event on behalf of restoration of the 40' salvage art sculpture. Our partners and collaborators provided stellar treats, activities, beverages and entertainment for an evening of tours, photo-ops, giveaways and special lighting displays of the Carrie Furnaces and the Carrie Deer.

We thank our guest hosts, David Conrad and Rick Seback, for their eloquence in providing insight on the need for support of the restoration program and also the importance of our industrial heritage sites as places of community interaction, historical value and educational opportunities to future generations.

 
The Carrie Deer has endured 16 years of the site's evolution and 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. The success of both this event and our efforts for restoration of the sculpture demonstrate the larger appreciation for the site as a community asset for which Rivers of Steel provides stewardship.

The success of the event, which included an open-air viewing of the newly released Carrie Deer documentary, demonstrates the variety of art-centric community opportunities available through the site. In upcoming months, Rivers of Steel is providing new opportunities to artists, preservationists, ecological organizations, alternative energy designers and community groups to engage in new and active ways with the site and its mission. We hope you will be a part of these new ventures in the months to come.


Our Carrie Deer Kickstarter restoration campaign is off to a great start, reaching the first goal in under 2 weeks! To ensure the Carrie Deer's continued inspiration to future generations, we ask that you share with friends your experiences at the Carrie Furnaces and the SAVE the CARRIE DEER Kickstarter link in support of restoration of this one-of-a-kind iconic sculpture.

For a look at the variety of press coverage and photo albums from the event, check in online:
Jekko: Pittsburgh Art, Culture and Tech
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Seen
TribLive: Lifestyles

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

IRON POUR at CARRIE FURNACES
Saturday, October 25  
On Saturday, October 25th, molten iron will again flow on the Carrie Furnaces site!

This collaborative event with Carbon Arts, local Pittsburgh artisans and Rivers of Steel  provides a first-hand look at the process and skills of casting molten iron in pattern molds. This same process produced the iron that built our nation and many of the world's largest structures during Pittsburgh's legacy era as "Workshop of the World."  Tours of the site and other activities are planned for this unique introduction to the Carrie Furnaces historic industrial process in a small-scale venue.

This very special event includes the creation of two additional Rivers of Steel project elements:
SAVE the CARRIE DEER  Kickstarter Reward
  • SAVE the CARRIE DEER - pouring of the exclusive Kickstarter Rewards:  Carrie Deer Antlers
  • IRON GARDEN WALK - pouring of the 12 interpretive plaques to be installed on site in the new Iron Garden Walk

We welcome our SAVE the CARRIE DEER pledge donors to this one-of-a-kind event where they will meet the artisans and see the actual process of creating their reward selection. SAVE the CARRIE DEER Kickstarter reward slots are still open to receive 4 tickets to the event as well hot metal castings of actual deer antlers bearing the inscription CARRIE FURNACES - RANKIN, PA! 



RIVERS of STEEL MINI-GRANTS
APPLICATION DEADLINE - SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

The Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania  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.

Follow this link FOR MORE INFORMATION
RIVERS of STEEL MELTING POT

SAVE the DATE!

TAPPING THE HEAT 
Sunday, November 9 
Carrie Furnaces 
 

Netzlof Design will be simulating a furnace tap through the use of dramatic lighting and pyrotechnics. This is the photo shoot of the year!

In addition to the furnace tap we will be posed for a scene simulating some minor repairs to a hot metal bottle car on the grounds outside the furnace. This shoot will begin at 5:00 PM, please plan to be on location 15-20 minutes early for registration, and please plan for extra time if you are unfamiliar with the Carrie Furnace's location.  For more information on the event as details develop, follow this link! 

EXPLORE OUR HERITAGE
RIVERS of STEEL ARCHIVES

BOST BUILDING, Homestead, PA

Atlas Steel Casting, NYThe Rivers of Steel Archives are open to the public for research (by appointment only) Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.  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 as well as resources from across the nation.  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 Niziol Collection. photographic print of three women working with molds at the Atlas Steel Casting Company in Buffalo, N.Y.
FREE ON-LINE PHOTO BOOK at STOREHOUSE 
W. A Young and Sons Machine Shop and Foundry

The National Park Service Save America's Treasures Grant to Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area is 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 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.

 

View the FREE ONLINE photo book on STOREHOUSE - follow this link! 

 

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this  material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior. 


EVENTS in SEPTEMBER
COMMUNITY MARKET
PUMP HOUSE, Munhall, PA
Open to the Public: SUNDAYS from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
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! The Heritage Market runs from May through September, so stop on by! Drop in at our Facebook page to see a selection of the wonderful local items from recent Markets!
CARRIE FURNACES, Swissvale, PA
SATURDAYS through OCTOBER

SEPTEMBER 6, 13, 20* at 9 & 11 AM
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. (*9AM tour only)


CARRIE FURNACES, Swissvale, PA
SATURDAY - September 27
Tours: 9, 9:30 and 10:00 AM
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 mills of the Workshop of the World.

CARRIE FURNACES, Swissvale, PA
SATURDAY, September 20 at 11:00 AM
Join Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts and the Carrie Furnaces Grafitti Project: Do What We Love with our tour guides for a trip through graffiti history followed by a hands-on workshop experience in creating your own unique style!

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CURRENT EXHIBITION 
J & L: A PITTSBURGH ICON
BOST BUILDING, Homestead, PA
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.
PHOTO SAFARI TOUR
CARRIE FURNACES, Swissvale, PA
SATURDAY, September 13 at 1:30 PM

Rivers of Steel Photo Safari Tours are a unique opportunity to photograph the architectural structures of the Carrie Furnaces.  

 

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather. Heels and/or open-toed shoes are not permitted. Please note that the Carrie Furnaces are part of a formerly abandoned industrial site. At this time the site is not wheelchair accessible.   

  

RIVERS of STEEL COMMUNITY
ASTROBOTICS TEST at Carrie Furnaces
In August, this era's cutting edge technology roved the site of iron's heyday as Rivers of Steel hosted a prototype field test for Pittsburgh's own  Astrobotics at the Carrie Furnaces. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 by William "Red" Whittaker to compete for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, Astrobiotics is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining.

 
MOBILE SCULPTURE WORKSHOP at Pump House
Rivers of Steel hosted the Mobile Sculpture Workshop (MSW) at the Pump House Heritage Market during August. Mentors and students of the MSW will assist in the repairs to Carrie Deer salvage sculpture funded by the SAVE the CARRIE DEER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN. Check in online and help us provide this unique opportunity to the newest generation of metal artists!
BLEEPIONS at the Labyrinth
The grounds of the Rivers of Steel Pump House echoed with the rhythmic sounds of the August BleepIons Community Group meeting. PBG/ IONS Group is an experiential group providing presentations, speakers, films, discussion and experiences pertaining to quantum physics, spirituality and ideas that evolve and inspire the oneness of our world. The Homestead Labyrinth provides the community a beautiful river view for relaxation and is open to the public. Looking for a great place for your next community meeting? Contact Rivers of Steel for event rental opportunities at the Pump House
IN THE NEWS
 
RIVERS of STEEL NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
Urban Art Tour and Grafitti Workshop Honored by National Heritage Area
Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area was honored with inclusion in the National Heritage Area 30th Anniversary Series 2014 for our Urban Art Tour and Graffiti Workshop. Our thanks to Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts and the Carrie Furnaces Graffiti Project: Do What We Love on this innovative partnership and to all who assisted in developing this new effort and those who have attended this innovative program to educate the public on these issues, explore the art form and learn more about the value of preserving our national heritage.




Strip District Listed on National Register of Historic Places
Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

DCNR honored in Governor's Innovation Office award program
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
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