projects

historical marker

Ongoing Project

Charles McCollester's epic story, "The Point of Pittsburgh: Production and Struggle at the Forks of the Ohio" was published in 2009 by BHF.

More than a regional book, it tells the story of how the people and events of Western Pennsylvania played a major part in forming the world we have today.

From the "first World War" (the French and Indian War) to the first oil well and the development of steel, to the first nuclear power plant, the hills and valleys of this region have shaped history as few other places have. People from all over the Earth immigrated to this place, and the things they did here rippled back around the globe. It also tells a tale of the very uncommon "common man".

McCollester says; "...No history of Pittsburgh could be told without (Carnegie, Mellon, and Frick). But most of this book ... is about the indians and the workers... those who first stood at the Forks... who dug the coal, tended the furnaces, who wrested iron, steel, glass, and aluminum from raw material, ...the unsung heroes and heroines whose lives burned with the light of genius. "

Look forward to this chance to look back, and understand more of our world.


Finished Projects

 

This bronze plaque by sculptor Brian Reneski is based on the famous lithograph by Edwin Rowe. (see 1892 Battle page)

The casting is installed outside at the left end of the Pump House,
facing the Pemecky train bridge, as pictured in the engraving.


Example of the banners which double as window shades

Until recently, the Pump House was without electric power, and events could be held only in daylight. The problem was solved temporarily with a small generator that allowed film and other visual presentations, but the large window needed shades. BHF had the shades do double duty with informational images painted on them by Bill Yund.

There are fourteen banners. Ten banners depict Homestead steel workers of each decade from 1880 to 1980, taken from various photos and resources of each era. The other four show scenes of the mill; an open hearth, a Bessemer blow, an interior scene (shown here) and a typical scene of mills and a mill town by the river.

Designer Don Sentner of Design Specialties was commissioned to build a scale model of the battle scene. The model is interactive, allowing viewers to see what happened and when, by pressing tagged buttons on the front of the display to light up the action. The model is currently on display at USW headquarters in Pittsburgh.

 

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