Saturday, March 26, 2022
Photo by Richard Kelly.
Are you ready? The "things to do" list is growing!

Soon the grounds at the Carrie Blast Furnaces will be as green as they are in this photo, which means our season of activities is about to kick into high gear!

Today at noon you can stop by the Bost Building for a gallery talk with Ron Baraff. It's also the last opportunity to see Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective. Don't miss it.

Then coming up in April, we have the first Photo Safari and Aluminum Casting Session workshops of the year. Check out these creative opportunities!

If hands on is not your style, the perhaps the Hardest Working River Tour will appeal to you. Offered just a few times each spring, this special three-hour excursion on the Explorer riverboat travels up the Mon River as far as Braddock while sharing the commercial and industrial history of the river over three centuries! The tours are happening a month from now, but historically they have sold out—so you might just want to get your tickets early!

Events are not all that we have to share today. Check out part two of Dr. Kirsten Paine's take on Jane Grey Swisshelm in this Women's History Month feature. Also, we're getting the word out about the upcoming deadline for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants. Plus, Rivers of Steel is hiring crew for the Explorer!
Curator-Led Gallery Talk
March 26, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., The Bost Building
Appreciate the artwork of Kathleen Ferri with insights shared from one of the exhibition’s curators. Join Ron Baraff, director of historic resources and facilities for Rivers of Steel, on March 26 as he offers a curatorial perspective of the exhibition Memory Scenes: A Kathleen Ferri Retrospective.

Don't miss this final opportunity to see this special exhibition!
Photo Safari
April 10, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Carrie Blast Furnaces
The interplay of light and seasonality at the Carrie Furnaces offer endless perspectives of this industrial muse. Take inspiration from the wide vistas or the delicate details at this National Historic Landmark site. Choose your own adventure on this photo safari!
Aluminum Casting Session
April 11, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Carrie Blast Furnaces
Create a unique work of art from aluminum! Using everyday materials, you’ll create a one-sided design in resin-bonded sand—then watch as Rivers of Steel’s foundry crew casts your artwork from molten metal! 
Hardest Working River Tour
April 23 & 24, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Explorer Riverboat
Join Rivers of Steel for a journey up the Monongahela River on the Explorer riverboat. Once known as the “Hardest Working River in the World,” the Mon, as it’s known to locals, was responsible for much of Pittsburgh’s early commercial and industrial success, even centuries before it earned that moniker.

Hop onboard for a three-hour tour that begins at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers, then travels to destinations upriver, in view of the Carrie Blast Furnaces and Edgar Thompson Works, and back again. Along the way, you’ll not only hear the stories of our region’s commercial and industrial heritage, you’ll have an opportunity to leisurely enjoy incredible views of the Mon River Valley as spring takes hold.
Self-Portrait, Jane Grey Swisshelm, 1840-1845. Senator John Heinz History Center, Courtesy of N.N. Moore (detail)
Jane Swisshelm—Newspaper Woman!
To celebrate Women’s History Month, Rivers of Steel’s Interpretive Specialist, Dr. Kirsten Paine, crafted two articles on one of her favorite topics—Jane Grey Cannon Swisshelm. In part one of this twofer, Kirsten examined the life of this woman who was clearly ahead of her time through the lens of Swisshelm's autobiography. In today’s piece, she digs in further, focusing on Swisshelm’s career as a reporter, newspaper publisher, women’s rights advocate, and abolitionist throughout the nineteenth century.
Alex Brown, who previously received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Apprenticeship grant, shares a message about how the opportunity.
The Folk & Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant
Rivers of Steel is excited to announce the official call for applications for the 2022 – 2023 Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants through the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Open to folk and traditional artists from across the state of Pennsylvania, these grants provide funding to a partnership between a master artist and a qualified apprentice, enabling them to work together for in-depth learning that encompasses the acquisition of techniques and artistry as well as the context of the culture.
Rivers of Steel is Hiring
Rivers of Steel is excited to announce that we are hiring an additional part-time captain and deckhands for the Explorer riverboat!
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