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 was passionate about its labor history, art, libraries and the remnants of its mills and mines.
In 1990, he co-produced a video, “Out of This Furnace: A Walking Tour of Thomas Bell’s Novel,” with filmmaker and BHF co-founder Steffi Domike. Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell’s most compelling achievement. Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family — the Dobrejcaks — still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment.