Spotlight


"William Beik Battle of Homestead Memorial September 17, 2017"

This film is a visual remembrance of the life of William (Bill) Beik, an eminent French professor and historian. He died on August 31, 2017. Bill was a member of the Battle of Homestead Foundation. On September 17, 2017, the Foundation honored Bill at a memorial service held at the...Read More »


Mark Rylance "Battle of Homestead Remembered"

This is a documentary film about the July 6, 2017 Battle of Homestead foundation event “Ceremony at the Gravesites Battle of Homestead Heroes”. This event commemorates the six fallen workers killed during the infamous 1892 Homestead Strike in Homestead, PA. The Battle of Homestead Foundation, union workers, historians, and Mark...Read More »


"15,000 Miles on 48 Cents"

Joe Szalanski was an immigrant steel worker who lived in the early 1900’s. His father and friends worked long hours in the hot and dangerous steel mills. Not wanting to follow in their footsteps, he left the area for jobs elsewhere. When the Great Depression threw him into joblessness he...Read More »


We Commemorated July 6, 1892, Paying tribute to the Workers of the Battle of Homestead.

Actor Mark Rylance came to Homestead and helped us keep alive the story of 125 years ago.

Read these articles about our 125th Commemoration Events:

– BHF Co-Founder Charlie McCollester writes, “The Next Page: The change Homestead wrought.”

– Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Front Page: “Homestead battle still resonates: Speakers will discuss its legacy,...Read More »


Travels with Ghosts, by Bill Yund

You may have seen artwork here, in our emails, on the note cards and bookmarks we sell, and certainly on the banners at the Pump House. All are original creations of BHF member Bill Yund. And Bill writes too ~ here’s his story:

Travels with Ghosts

“…People...Read More »


The 2017 Bernard Kleiman Memorial Lecture: “The Labor Movement in Mexico and US-Mexico Relations” with Napoleón Gómez Urrutia

The Bernard Kleiman lecture brings a speaker each year with knowledge of the international labor market to the Pump House to address a contemporary labor issue. This year we were pleased to welcome Napoleón Gómez Urrutia, who has served as general secretary of the National Union of Mine, Metal, Steel and Allied...Read More »


The River Ran Red

The violence that erupted at Carnegie Steel’s giant Homestead mill near Pittsburgh on July 6. 1892, caused a congressional investigation and trials for treason, motivated a nearly successful assassination attempt on Frick, contributed to the defeat of President Benjamin Harrison for a second term, and changed the course...Read More »


National History Day and the Battle of Homestead ~ Local Students Shine at Heinz History Center

 WASHINGTON, D.C—Around the world middle and high school students are taking their learning beyond the textbook with the annual National History Day Contest. This project-based contest provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their historical research skills through one of five categories: documentary, exhibit, paper, performance and website. Guided...Read More »


The Summer King - The Josh Gibson Story

The very first world premiere in Pittsburgh Opera’s distinguished 78 year history hits close to home. The Summer King tells the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. Josh went from the sandlots of Pittsburgh’s North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues, before ultimately being...Read More »


The Lilly Story.

In 1924 the little central Pennsylvania town of Lilly, near Altoona, was targeted for a massive Ku Klux Klan demonstration because local coal mines hired Catholic immigrants and fired Klan members.

The residents of Lilly engaged the Klan forcing the Klansmen to flee in disarray, but not before mortally wounding three...Read More »


Battle of Homestead - Historical Plaque Dedication at the Pump House, April 21, 2016

BHF, in partnership with Steel Valley School District, hosted an afternoon program commemorating the legendary resistance of Homestead steelworkers and townspeople against their 1892 lockout from the Carnegie Steel Works — known in history books as the “Battle of Homestead” — on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

The program featured...Read More »


The Battle Narrative in PDF

The Homestead Strike of 1892
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TIMELINE OF SELECT EVENTS CONCERNING THE HISTORY OF CARNEGIE STEEL & THE HOMESTEAD WORKS

BHF member Millie Beik has composed a timeline pointing out important dates and events of the Homestead Steel Mill and the struggle of labor in 1892. Millie is the author of The Miners of Windber: The struggles of new immigrants for Unionization, 1890s-1930s. (1996, Penn State University)

1870s:

1875  – Andrew Carnegie...Read More »


American Labor History Video Series

The Wisconsin Labor History Society is pleased to announce the availability of a six-part video series, “An Historical Overview of Labor Unions in the United States.” Each segment is heavily illustrated and takes us through the struggle to organize from centuries past to the present day.

The series was...Read More »


"Boarding the Westbound"

Produced by BHF member Pauline Greenlick, this is a 14 minute documentary film about the life of Joseph Szalanski, a steelworker from East Vandergrift, PA. His son, Joe Szalanski, a BHF member, wrote a book, “Boarding the Westbound” about his father who was born into a steelmaker’s family...Read More »


Out of This Furnace ~ The Walking Tour

David P. Demarest (November 9, 1931 – October 15, 2011).
One of the founding members of the Battle of Homestead Foundation, Dave tirelessly advocated for preserving this region’s immigrant culture, industrial heritage and working-class stories. He was captured by Pittsburgh’s hard-scrabble character in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He...Read More »


Preserving the Vanka Murals

St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale is the site of a national treasure – the murals of Maxo Vanka, painted in the 1930s and 1940s. Hurricanes Ivan and Frances roared through Millvale in 2004 and caused damage, as water had seeped in quietly, and partnered with dirt, pollution, and...Read More »


Maxo Vanka Murals, St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale

“The murals were created by Maxo Vanka, an artist with a spiritual sense of social justice. He moved from his homeland of Croatia to New York City in 1934, and Father Zagar, pastor of St. Nicholas, having seen an exhibition of his work, invited him to come to Millvale to...Read More »


HARD HATTED WOMEN - an Exhibit

A multimedia exhibit featuring influential women leaders in the Pittsburgh region’s labor movement during the 1970s and 1980s.

The In Sisterhood multimedia exhibit highlights the work of local feminists to gain equal rights for women and girls in our region and beyond. It includes a portrait gallery of sixteen...Read More »


Pittsburgh’s Labor History Sites ~ an Interactive Map

From dramatic strikes, to the formation of the AFL, the CIO, and the AFL-CIO, Pittsburgh’s labor movement has a rich and deep history. Fight Back Pittsburgh has released a new online, interactive map of Pittsburgh’s labor history.

The map points out the sites of some key moments in working...Read More »


Health Effects of Fracking

We had a great gathering on August 25, 2016,  at The Pump House with 58 people seeing the film Gaswork by Josh Fox and hearing first hand accounts. Workers in the fracking industry spoke and  shared their very emotional experiences. Battle of Homestead member Patricia DeMarco talked about the many health...Read More »


From the London Guardian!

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Background of the "Pump House Gang!"

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125th Anniversary of the Battle of Homestead

Homestead Strike Labor History Marker

 

Homestead Strike Labor History Marker

On July 6, 2017, we will mark 125 years since the Battle of Homestead took place. BHF is planning several events to commemorate this occasion, and we are also looking for financial support.

Some of the thing we have...Read More »


New Memorial Plaque Dedicated

On April 21, 2016 we dedicated a new plaque outside the Pump House to give visitors a better understand of what took place on July 6, 1892. The program for the dedication included participation of students from Steel Valley High School.

Musical Opening:

“Homestead Town” by Mike Stout, accompanied by...Read More »


John Hoerr

As a journalist and novelist, John Hoerr has written mainly about labor, industry, and politics in contemporary history. His best-known book, And the Wolf Finally Came: the Decline of the American Steel Industry (1988), is the definitive account of labor-management struggles preceding the near-extinction of American steel as...Read More »


David P. Demarest

In Memoriam

David P. Demarest

Dave Demarest

The Battle of Homestead Foundation feels heavily the loss of another of it’s Founders and most prolific and effective members in the passing of David P. Demarest (November 9, 1931 – October 15, 2011).
Dave tirelessly...Read More »


Russell W. Gibbons

In Memoriam

 

Russell W. Gibbons

Born October 14, 1931; Died September 24, 2010

Russ Gibbons died in Pittsburgh the early morning of Friday September 24, 2010. Born in Hamburg, NY, he worked summers in a local steel mill and joined the United Steelworkers in 1949.  He graduated...Read More »