Thursday, June 26, 2008

Seeing Pittsburgh Bost Building Exhibits July 9 2008 -Jan 31 2009

Bost Building Exhibits
Seeing Pittsburgh July 9, 2008 - January 31, 2009

In celebration of Pittsburgh's 250th anniversary, Rivers of Steel worked with 44 Pittsburghers from eleven neighborhoods to produce the Seeing Pittsburgh project. Armed with cameras and the instructions to show us what defines their community, these residents photographed the good, the bad, the new, the old, the physical, the emotional...everyting that defines their neighborhood.

This exhibit was made possible by a generous grant from the Allegheny Regional Asset District's Renaissance grant program.

The Restored Rooms
The Bost Building was built in 1892 as a hotel and served as the temporary headquarters for the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers during the Homestead Lockout and Strike. Two rooms in the building have been restored to the way they looked in 1892, with original floorboards and period reproduction wallpaper. One room tells the story of the Homestead Strike; the other contains photographs that chronicle the restoration of the building from dilapidation through its opening as the Rivers of Steel Visitors Center.Recently added to the restored rooms is a computer kiosk displaying an exciting documentary on the Battle of Homestead. Using archival footage, photographs and documents, this film allows you to learn about history on the site where it occurred.

The Homestead Room The Homestead Room is a permanent exhibit displaying artifacts and art work specifically related to the Homestead Works. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a 23.5' long model of the Homestead Works that originally stood in the General Office Building of the mill.

Admission to the Bost Building is free.

Exhibit hours:Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pmSaturday, 11 am to 3 pm. The Bost Building will be CLOSED on July 4 and 5, 2008.


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