December 9, 2008
Speaker: Ron Baraff, Director of Museum Collections and Archives
A multifaceted program, the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area’s mission includes: historic preservation, cultural conservation, education, recreation and resource development.
“From 1875 to 1980, southwestern Pennsylvania was the Steel Making Capital of the World, producing the steel for some of America’s greatest icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. During World War I and II, our steel workers carried a nation’s defense on their backs, producing more steel, armor and armaments in a single year than entire countries. While many of the region’s legendary mill sites have been dismantled, and it has been decades since the mills belched fire and smoke over Pittsburgh’s skyline, the enormity of the region’s steel-making contributions and its historical significance to the nation demand its story be told and its sites be preserved.”