The Detailed Story of the 1892 Battle is told Here
Bridges from History
Thursday, April 25 @ 7:00 pm
To introduce the BHF 2019 program series, historians Eric Leif Davin, Charles McCollester, Jacqueline Cavalier, and Howard Scott employ their extensive research and experience to spotlight the turbulent post-war era of 1919 USA. Among many topics, we’ll hear about Suffragettes on the march; immigrants’ struggle for labor and civil rights; the Great Migration North of Black Americans, wartime unions, strikes, and radicalism and resistance to capitalism.
Why Remember 1919?
With the armistice ending the First World War, signed November 11, 1918, manufacturing demand fell and unemployment swelled. Social pressures already exacerbated by wartime labor practices, inflation and postwar corporate repression of unions, only deepened as economic activity slowed.
The steel mills imposed a twelve-hour day of physical labor in a heavily polluted and dangerous workplace over an unrelenting seven-day week.
The Great Steel Strike was on the horizon. Click Here for the Story
Mrs Shakespeare: Will’s first & last love
Saturday, April 27 *2:00 PM & *7:00 PM Pump House
A solo show (1 hr.) written, compiled and performed by YVONNE HUDSON:
Meet Anne Hathaway Shakespeare, story-telling from the family home in Stratford-Upon-Avon, circa 1600. With help from Will’s words, she shares her marriage and motherhood–a tale of unexpected courtship, resourceful parenting, and unrivaled resilience. The show casts a whole new perspective on the curious character of William Shakespeare who became the world’s most beloved writer.
*Note: the 2:00 pm show has no admission, but free will donations will benefit BHF. (Discussion will be held after the performance)
*The show at 7:00 pm benefits Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, part of the annual Week of Will celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday.
Tickets for the 7:00 pm show on sale at https://www.pittsburghshakespeare.com/
Family Separation at the Border: Its Impact on Pittsburgh, a “Welcoming City”
Saturday, May 4 @ 1:30 pm, Pump House
This program addresses the important role immigrants have played and continue to play in our nation’s history, culture, and work force. Historically, diverse immigrants from around the world provided the backbone of what our nation is today. This program will focus on the current U.S. immigration policy that makes it difficult for Central American immigrants to seek asylum in the U.S.
Addressing this immigration problem which has plagued our country and impacted Pittsburgh, a “Welcoming City,” will be Monica Ruiz, Executive Director of the Casa San Jose Center in Pittsburgh and Guillermo Perez,
labor educator at the United Steelworkers and founder of Pittsburgh Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. Read More Here
King Lear continues Quantum’s long tradition of reimagining classics in never-before-seen ways, staging Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy amidst the majesty of the Carrie Blast Furnaces and highlighting Pittsburgh’s history as an industrial giant. Click Here for Details
ABOUT THE BATTLE OF HOMESTEAD FOUNDATION
The Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF) is a diverse organization of citizens, workers, educators and historians. It’s purpose is to preserve, interpret, and promote a people’s history focused on the significance of the dramatic labor conflict at Homestead, Pa. in 1892.
Many people interested in the Battle, as well as the history of the working class and the Labor movement, are dedicated to preserving the Pump House (the sole existing structure of the 1892 Homestead Steel Works) as a labor monument to working people that will attract tourism, labor groups, students, and anyone in any way interested in Western Pennsylvania’s fascinating industrial and labor heritage. The BHF strives to assist and abet these interests and efforts. Read More About Us Here
Membership: Get updates on events and happenings of the Battle of Homestead Foundation by becoming a new member, or renewing your membership!
Members receive notice of all BHF events and business and are eligible to vote for Directors of the BHF Board. Membership is open to all persons who pledge to support the BHF mission and make an annual membership contribution.
With your membership you also get free admission to the Heinz History Center via their Affiliates Program. The annual membership card we send you will allow up to four persons per visit to the Heinz History Center, The Fort Pitt Museum, and the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village.
Yesterday and Tomorrow – The Legacy of the 1892 Homestead Strike
The Battle of Homestead is the most famous event in American labor history, and perhaps the most significant. Just after dawn on July 6, 1892, the battle erupted when locked-out steelworkers of the Carnegie Steel works at Homestead, together with citizens of the town, broke into the closed and fortified mill nick-named “Fort Frick” after CEO Henry Frick. On the bank of the Monongahela River, they confronted a private army of Pinkerton agents hired by Frick as they attempted to land and secure the mill. The battle was soon joined, and raged throughout the day with gunfire, burning oil, and cannon.
At day’s end, the Pinkertons surrendered. Seven workers and three Pinkerton “detectives” lay dead, with others wounded. When the Pinkertons were led away they were humiliated and beaten as they passed through a gauntlet of enraged women, children and townspeople. The conflict marked a watershed in U.S. labor relations and casts a deep shadow to this day.
Many students of the Homestead battle see it as a signal event in establishing the predominance of the rights of capital over rights of labor in the workplace. While legal and supra-legal suppression of workers was nothing new, Homestead seemed to draw the lines as never before. For several decades after, corporate violence against workers, especially immigrant workers, in the form of private enforcement agencies like the Pinkertons and the infamous Coal and Iron Police, was acceptable, even when the human rights of workers were clearly violated and public sentiment favored their cause.
The Battle of Homestead Foundation was founded to preserve the Pump House, as well as the many stories it has to tell.