Saturday, January 14, 2023
The Carrie Blast Furnaces from the Ore Yard Wall, by Adam Piscitelli.
Construction Season

Did you ever hear that joke about there's only two seasons—winter and construction season? It's really not that funny, and for us, winter is construction season! Actually, the maintenance team at the Carrie Blast Furnaces stays busy throughout the year, but now is the time of year we can safely address the more significant projects.
The historic preservation needs of this National Historic Landmark are both unique and challenging. We're happy to share that we've received funding for several preservation projects—the results of which will stabilize key structures and provide expanded access to the site during our tours! Read about our works in progress and what's coming next. 

Speaking of work, would you like to join the team on the Explorer riverboat? It's the time of year when we're hiring educators, tour guides, deckhands, and even a Captain to work on the vessel. Check out these part-time positions!

In community news, we'll be helping the Carnegie Library of Homestead kick-start a year of activities celebrating their 125th anniversary! Stop by for an open house next Saturday, and check out the presentation from our own JaQuay Carter.

We also have another Community Spotlight story to share—an update on some behind-the-scenes work happening with the Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

Lastly, thank you to all our supporters who donated to our end-of-year fundraising campaign. We know there are lots of worthy causes, and we appreciate that you count us among them. Thanks for being part of the team!
The Historic Preservation of the Carrie Blast Furnaces
This past fall, when the tour season ended at Carrie, construction season began. Working along with Century Steel Erectors, Rivers of Steel has initiated the first of several significant projects that will facilitate the stabilization of the Carrie Blast Furnaces and allow for expanded access to previously restricted parts of the site for visitors. 
Tech Upgrades at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
The Kelly Strayhorn Theater is not just a performance venue, it's an important part of its cultural landscape. Read about how new upgrades to their tech are making it possible for community members to connect with one another.
Come Work on the Explorer Riverboat!
Rivers of Steel is excited to announce that we are hiring. We are in search of applicants for several part-time positions, including school program educators, tour guides, deckhands, and an additional captain!

Qualified candidates come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds. Take a look at the job descriptions to see which might be a good fit for you or someone you know!
Carnegie Library of Homestead Anniversary Open House
Join Rivers of Steel as we help the Carnegie Library of Homestead kick start their 125th year! On Saturday, January 21, 2023, they are inviting everyone to join them for a special open house event.

As part of the festivities, the Library, Athletic Club, and Music Hall will be open for self-guided tours as well as special programs, including a talk by Rivers of Steel Interpretive Specialist, JaQuay Carter, who will be presenting on the History of the Carnegie Library of Homestead Works and screening the documentary short, Hazelwood Alive, at 12:00 p.m.
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