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NEH: Homestead Steel Strike and the Growth of America as an Industrial Power

March 1, 2020
July 12, 2020 to July 18, 2020
July 19, 2020 to July 25, 2020

The Archives and Special Collections Department for the University of Pittsburgh Library System and Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area are pleased to offer two, one week NEH History and Landmarks Workshops entitled The Homestead Steel Strike and the Growth of America as an Industrial Power July 12-18, 2020, and July 19-25, 2020.

The “Battle of Homestead” is the most famous event in labor history. While the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike only lasted four months, it created a lasting impact on how the nation viewed the relationship between labor and management and cemented the reputation of two of America’s great Industrialists – Andrew Carnegie  and Henry Clay Frick.

This program will provide a framework for participants to immerse themselves in the battle from both sides  by examining primary sources, touring historic sites, and taking a riverboat tour that follows the same route the Pinkerton guards used as they traveled to the Homestead Steelworks.

Through lectures given by librarians, archivists, and scholars participants will receive unique insight into how one seemingly small conflict could instigate such tremendous change in 20th century American industry.

Full time and part time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent and religiously affiliated schools,  as well as home schooling parents, museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel are eligible to participate. Pennsylvania teachers will revive Act 48 credit upon completion of the workshop.

Accepted participants will receive a $1200 stipend. Applications are due March 1. Apply online at