PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation

Get onboard Pittsburgh's newest sightseeing tour and explore the region's legacy of innovation. Known as a modern tech and robotics hub, the 'Burgh has been on the vanguard of industrial revolution for over 250 years! 

During this meticulously researched 90-minute tour, you'll discover how Pittsburgh's challenging landscape, its wealth of natural resources, and the character of its residents and workers have shaped neighborhoods and industries - creating the dynamic city it is today! All the while, you'll be taking in the beauty of the skyline and riverbanks!

*Proceeds from PGH 101 help to underwrite student STEM education programs on the riverboat.

Tour space is limited. Advance purchase is recommended. Kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy the cruise, and there is no charge for the littlest ones in strollers. Tour content is recommended for ages 8+.

Carrie Furnaces Industrial Tour

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 2006, Carrie, as it's affectionately known, entices visitors to marvel at the scale and legacy of its industrial might. This guided tour highlights the drama of the iron-making process while sharing the stories of the sites technology, its workers and their culture.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Carrie Furnaces Photo Safari

Photo safaris are appropriate for both novice and experienced photographers alike craving an "open" shooting experience with very little interruption, guidance or interference. Take your time and line up the perfect image of the historic Carrie Furnaces!

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Sunset on the Mon: Riverboat Photo Safari

Capture your own unique image of Pittsburgh industry and topography from water level on this sunset photo safari on the Monongahela River.  

Fall on the Mon: Riverboat Photo Safari

Don't miss your chance to explore Pittsburgh's iconic Monongahela River Valley in peak fall colors! Capture views of the region's beautiful rolling hills and river towns along the mighty Monongahela.

Graffiti & Style-writing Workshop

In this unique workshop in aerosol painting at Carrie Furnaces, participants will get hands-on experience with style-writing, letter design and painting techniques while learning about the underground culture of graffiti, its history and how it continues to evolve as an art form. Each guest has the chance to view Rivers of Steel's unique collection of graffiti murals created by artists from around the world and design their own canvas to take home. Workshops are led by experienced urban artist Shane Pilster of 82 Concepts.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Aluminum Casting Session

This workshop is a great way to explore the metal casting process and get your feet wet. No prior experience or artistic background necessary! Take a class with a friend; create a special gift or unique piece of art. Participants will learn how to create a unique pattern from every day materials and invest this one-sided design in resin-bonded sand. Cast aluminum objects can be taken home at the end of the workshop. 

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Sunday Art Sessions at the Furnace

Join Rivers of Steel for open-air creative excursions at the historic Carrie Blast Furnace National Historic Landmark in Swissvale, PA. All 2-D mediums are welcome! These five-hour sessions offer unique close-up views of the inspiring blend of history, industrial design and naturally occurring decay located throughout the site. Each day will feature a different location on site, to be interpreted by the artists. Local artist and painter Ian Green will be on hand to help with technical issues and to foster a creative dialogue between attendees. Come experience the challenges and rewards of working from life in this raw, paradise of form that is the Carrie Furnace.

June 16, 2019 - Carrie Deer Courtyard with a view of the Carrie Deer and the Stove Deck

June 23, 2019 - The Ore Yard with a view towards the Stocking Trestle

June 30, 2019 - The Central Courtyard with a view of the Blast Furnace Number 6

Time:  9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Register for all 3 sessions and save $30.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

 

Weeklong Iron Intensive

This 6-day workshop features extended shop time on site and in-depth instruction and/or assistance catered to the needs of each individual. Participants will have the chance to learn and experiment with multiple pattern-making materials and create multiple large and complex multi-part sand molds. Prior experience/Intro to Iron Casting is recommended. Registration includes access to the Carrie Furnaces foundry daily between 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM and the ultimate experience of participating in an iron pour from a coke fired cupola - just like the historic furnaces on site!

Weeklong Iron Intensive workshops include up to 500 lbs. of sand and corresponding chemical. Sand and chemical needs beyond this allotted amount are available for $.25/lb. Waste removal and foundry consumables are included in this price.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Bost Building Program

Sunset Photo Safari at Carrie Furnaces

Join Rivers of Steel Arts at dusk for unique photo safaris that explore the Carrie Furnaces in twilight. Witness the beauty and subtlety of the site as only seen through half light and capture our own piece of the drama to take home. This safari is recommended for those with prior experience shooting low-light subject matter but open to both novice and experienced photographers alike. Attendees can expect an "open" shooting experience with very little interruption, guidance or interference.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website.

Intro to Iron Casting

Iron casting is a community workshop experience! Intro to Iron participants work with experienced Rivers of Steel teaching artists to learn the basics of foundry work and an overview of the iron casting process step by step. No prior experience necessary. This 3-day workshop covers multi-part mold and pattern design, lost wax casting, resin-bonded sand molds and iron smelting. The course results in your own unique design cast in solid iron!

Intro to Iron workshops include up to 250 lbs. of sand and corresponding chemical. Sand and chemical needs beyond this allotted amount are available for $.25/lb. Waste removal and foundry consumables are included in this price.

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Arts and Grounds Tour

While production may have stopped on the Carrie Furnaces site in 1982, the era of Carrie as an artistic muse was just beginning. Discover how guerrilla artists, urban explorers, and later curators, installation artists and even landscape designers have made creative use of a revered space. 

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Iron Garden Walk

Discover a dense variety of ecological growth on this 35-acre site in this botanist-led tour. Learn about Rivers of Steel's "addition by reduction" approach to working the wild gardens and grounds that share this post-industrial landscape. 

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Re-framing Pittsburgh

Re-framing Pittsburgh is a 5-week photography course and exhibition focusing on the recreation of historical photographs of the region, contained in the Rivers of Steel archives. Through a combination of classroom meetings and self-guided on-location shooting, students will recreate two photographs from a selection of archival images of Pittsburgh's past. Each student's best photograph along with its original counterpart will be included in a exhibition to be held at the Carrie Furnaces Deer Head Gallery in August of 2019. (Framing costs are included in the cost of the workshop.)

Dates:  Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Pump House, located at 880 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall, PA  15120.

 

Facilitating Dialogue on Difficult Histories

Facilitating Dialogue on Difficult Histories

June 24 – 26, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Bost Building  | 623 E. Eighth Avenue, Homestead PA 15120

A three-day professional development workshop presented by trainers from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience which shares methods for challenging visitors preconceptions and for fostering productive dialogue.  

Carrie Furnaces' Iron Garden: Re-imagining the Industrial Landscape

Join Rivers of Steel for a special presentation by renowned landscape design consultant, author, lecturer and photographer Rick Darke.

Though post-industrial landscapes are often imagined to be ruins, these vibrant, regenerating places are surprisingly rich in history, ecology, and nuanced beauty. The Iron Garden re-imagines Carrie Furnaces' landscape, employing editing techniques to create useful, innovative spaces. Using a mix of wildscapes from Berlin to the High Line for comparison, Rick Darke will illustrate how Rivers of Steel's Addition by Reduction project provides a design and management model for urban parks and community places that celebrate the resiliency of the industrial landscape.

Pennsylvania-based Rick Darke's work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends ecology, horticulture and cultural geography in the design and care of living landscapes. His collaborative projects include parks, post-industrial sites, transportation corridors, conservation departments, botanic gardens and residential landscapes. His many books include The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy, and Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes co-authored with Piet Oudolf. Rick has been photographing Carrie Furnaces since 2006. For further info visit: www.rickdarke.com

Tickets for Iron Garden Tour with Rick Darke on Saturday, June 29 are available here:  https://17919.blackbaudhosting.com/17919/page.aspx?pid=213&tab=2&txobjid=929f4fcb-504e-4ed6-a608-9303f8507aef

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Iron Garden Tour with Rick Darke

Join Rivers of Steel for a special tour of the Carrie Furnaces Iron Garden led by renowned landscape design consultant, author, lecturer and photographer Rick Darke.

Pennsylvania-based Rick Darke's work is grounded in an observational ethic that blends ecology, horticulture and cultural geography in the design and care of living landscapes. His collaborative projects include parks, post-industrial sites, transportation corridors, conservation departments, botanic gardens and residential landscapes. His many books include The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, co-authored with Doug Tallamy, and Gardens of the High Line: Elevating the Nature of Modern Landscapes co-authored with Piet Oudolf. Rick has been photographing Carrie Furnaces since 2006. For further info visit: www.rickdarke.com

Tickets for Carrie Furnaces' Iron Garden: Re-imagining the Industrial Landscape presentation with Rick Darke on Friday, June 28 are available here:  https://17919.blackbaudhosting.com/17919/page.aspx?pid=213&tab=2&txobjid=b5ed1fdc-1e58-42d8-8afb-163244113457 

By purchasing tickets for a tour or event at Carrie Furnaces, you consent to the terms of our liability waiver which can be found on our website

Twilight Soiree Riverboat Cruise

On the Explorer Riverboat

Rivers of Steel Dock, Pittsburgh’s North Shore, 15212

Pittsburgh’s illustrious skylines will set the stage for an elevated experience on the water when you step aboard Rivers of Steel’s green riverboat, the Explorer. You’ll nosh on fare by Kate Romane’s Black Radish Kitchen and delight in a choice of specially-crafted cocktails by the city’s acclaimed new distillery, Kingfly Spirits. All the while, you’ll enjoy a special evening version of Rivers of Steel’s sightseeing cruise, PGH 101: An Intro to Innovation, discovering how the Burgh’s landscape, its wealth of natural resources, and the character of its residents have helped to shape the dynamic city it is today.

Don’t miss out on this limited series from Rivers of Steel. The Twilight Soiree is available on three Friday evenings in 2019: May 24, June 21, and July 5.

$65 per person. 21+ only. Ticket price includes an array of small plates, one cocktail and the tour experience. Additional spirit-based drinks are available for purchase.  

Gate opens at 7:00 p.m. Event begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. Maps & Directions.

 

Science Saturdays for Families

Avoid the summer brain drain—round up the family and embark on a Science Saturday excursion on our 94-foot green riverboat classroom! On the second Saturday of June, July, and August, River of Steel’s educators invite families to join them for interactive, hands-on workshops that explore our rivers’ ecosystems. Each month highlights a different theme, including watersheds, adaptations and aquatic habitats!

While kids of all ages are welcome to enjoy the cruise, tour content is recommended for ages 8+. Space is limited. Visit riversofsteel.com for more information.

June 8: Watersheds   
Join us for hands-on activities and learn about Pittsburgh's place in the Ohio River Basin. Explore the difference between point versus non-point source pollution and the relationship between watersheds and water quality.

July 13: Adaptations
Rivers can be a challenging place to live. Join Rivers of Steel to learn about the strange and unique adaptations of some of the native fish and macroinvertebrates who call the three rivers their home. Examine the feet and beak shapes of native waterfowl who rely on river organisms for food.

August 10: Aquatic Habitats
River habitats can vary from cold mountain streams to warm, wide rivers that allow for boat navigation. Learn about the river types and which fish prefer mountain streams and which can be found in larger rivers. Investigate the river's photic zone and discover the creatures that live there.