Press Releases


2018 Press Releases

September events from the Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF):

Thursday, September 20, BHF will screen the film, “Wendell G. Freeland—A Quiet Soldier,” a one-hour documentary on an important, but little-known, African American leader, attorney, activist, and Tuskegee Airman who worked quietly, but effectively, on all of the significant civil rights battles of his time. His inspirational story is a significant piece of American history; introduction and discussion by film producer Billy Jackson. (Thursday, September 20, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Admission is free.)

On Saturday, September 22, BHF will co-sponsor the conference, “Vietnam: A Working Class War.” The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for the present generation of young people, students, elders, and members of the larger Pittsburgh community to learn from and dialogue with those whose lives and politics were profoundly impacted by the Vietnam War. It will include three panels featuring Vietnam veterans, anti-war resisters, and representatives from the Vietnamese community, respectively.

 

“The turbulent and fateful year of 1968 saw numerous landmark historic events, but the Vietnam War and its escalation that year affected nearly all the others in some way, from the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, to the police riot at the DNC in Chicago, to cultural milestones, such as George Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead,’” conference organizer and historian Charles McCollester said. “The war changed U.S. politics in many profound ways; notably leading Lyndon Johnson to forego a reelection campaign, and to the election of Richard Nixon, who ran with a ‘secret plan’ to end the war.”

Fifty years after those events and the bloody Tet Offensive, the conference aims to help heal old wounds, bringing together men and women who fought the war with others who actively opposed U.S. involvement in the conflict, and with members of the Vietnamese community who saw Vietnam forever changed by the war.

The event will conclude with a procession to, and ceremony at, the Vietnam War Memorial on the North Shore honoring T.J. McGarvey and the Pittsburgh Building Trades, who built the memorial with donated labor.

Ticket price includes continental breakfast during registration (8:15 – 9:00 a.m.) and boxed lunch. Tickets cost $25 for the general public; $10 for veterans, active military personnel, and students. Purchase tickets online  HERE.

This event is co-sponsored by CCAC, The Pennsylvania Labor History Society, and the Battle of Homestead Foundation. (Saturday, September 22, 9:00 am to 2:30 pm, Community College of Allegheny County Allegheny Campus, Tom Foerster Student Services Center, 808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212, $10 – $25.)

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August events from the Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF):

On Sunday, August 19, BHF will show the 2016 documentary film “The Connected Universe” about breakthrough scientific discoveries that reveal the physical connection between everything in the universe. Patrick Stewart narrates this film directed by Malcolm Carter. A discussion will follow, along with a presentation of the “Mask Dance and the Nine Dances of Wisdom.” (August 19, 1:30 pm at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Free.)

On Friday, August 24, BHF will present “Jazz at the Pump House,” featuring the RML Jazz band with vocalist Laura Wiens. This will be a great evening of easy listening music, indoors and out. Bring your own lawn chairs! D’s Road Dogz food truck will be on hand, selling hot dogs and fries. (August 24, 7:00 pm at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Admission is free.)

BHF is committed to preserving the history of the Battle of Homestead and to educating the public about its legacies. BHF has successfully preserved the Historic Pump House building, which has become a venue for educational and community events, and led efforts to commemorate the Battle with plaques describing the event and honoring the dead. BHF has been involved in establishing historic markers at sites related to many historic events and persons in Western Pennsylvania.

For more information: mail@battleofhomestead.orgbattleofhomestead.org. Twitter: @HomesteadFdn. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homestead1892/.


July events from the Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF):

Thursday, July 19, come learn about the Battle of Homestead Foundation and the important work it has done to preserve the history of working people in Western PA. The film, “The Pump House Gang and What They Do,” documents highlights of events sponsored by BHF over a period of a decade or so, such as a walking tour of Thomas Bell’s novel “Out of This Furnace”; artist Tim Kaulen discussing the genesis of his Worker’s Sculpture; the Lilly, PA, American Legion war murals montage; the 2003 Free Speech Conference; memorials for the fallen 1892 strikers at the Homestead Cemetery; and others. (July 19, 7:00 pm at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Free.)

On Saturday, July 28, BHF will host Lara Putnam, Professor of History at the University of Pittsburgh, who will present the Bernard Kleiman Lecture, “The US and Central/South America: Class Differences.” Putnam’s presentation will focus on class definitions and differences between the US and Central/South America. The Kleiman Lecture provides a forum for informed discourse on labor issues. A discussion and reception will follow. (July 28, 10:00 am at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Free.)

BHF is committed to preserving the history of the Battle of Homestead and to educating the public about its legacies. BHF has successfully preserved the Historic Pump House building, which has become a venue for educational and community events, and led efforts to commemorate the Battle with plaques describing the event and honoring the dead. BHF has been involved in establishing historic markers at sites related to many historic events and persons in Western Pennsylvania.

For more information: mail@battleofhomestead.orgbattleofhomestead.org. Twitter: @HomesteadFdn. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homestead1892/.


June events from the Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF):

On Wednesday, June 13, BHF will host a presentation and discussion, “Sustainability in a Time of Uncertainty.” What impact are fossil fuels having on the sustainability of our world? How do we change predicted outcomes? Presenter Mark E. Dixon is an award-winning filmmaker, activist, and public speaker exploring the frontiers of social change on a finite planet. He formally represented Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto at a 2015 official UN COP21 (Paris Climate Accord) precursor event: the World Summit on Climate and Territories in Lyon, France. (June 13, 7:00 pm at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Free.)

On Sunday, June 24, BHF will offer a rare glimpse at one of the region’s original industries with the exhibit and presentation, “Forgotten Glass Furnaces of Western Pennsylvania.” Teaming up with top experts in the field, we’ll talk about the working people ― often children ― who worked in this industry and what they made, and review maps of the area’s many glass-making furnaces. Colorful, expertly-crafted glassware from our region will be on display. Speakers, led by Kathy Roth, will make presentations. (June 24, exhibit 1:00–5:00 pm; presentation at 1:30 pm, at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Free.)

BHF is committed to preserving the history of the Battle of Homestead and to educating the public about its legacies. BHF has successfully preserved the Historic Pump House building, which has become a venue for educational and community events, and led efforts to commemorate the Battle with plaques describing the event and honoring the dead. BHF has been involved in establishing historic markers at sites related to many historic events and persons in Western Pennsylvania.

For more information: mail@battleofhomestead.org, battleofhomestead.org. Twitter: @HomesteadFdn. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homestead1892/.


Battle of Homestead Foundation May Events: Focus on Political and Cultural Legacy of 1968

For Immediate Release: April 30, 2018
Contact: John Haer, (412) 478-5907, johnhaer1@gmail.com

Pittsburgh, PA ― The Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF) will host events in May focused on the lasting political and cultural relevance of the tumultuous year of 1968, which saw the Prague Spring and Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Tet Offensive and My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the uprising in Paris, and American political upheaval (including the police riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago).

“Nineteen sixty-eight was a landmark year of social upheaval in the U.S. and around the world,” BHF President John Haer said. “We are among many organizations focused on history that are exploring the significance of events that year and what lessons they hold for the present moment, when there is again so much social discord and struggle amid uncertainty and injustice.”

On Thursday, May 10, BHF will host an evening of “Songs of Protest and the Working Class” featuring musicians Tom Breiding, musician in residence for the United Mine Workers Union; Jason Kendall, whose introspective and melodic songs are influenced by various artists, from Chet Baker to Bob Dylan to The Beatles; and Mike Stout, “The World’s Grievance Man” and songwriter of stories about working class heroes. Their songs will include original compositions of working class ballads and protest songs about 1968. (May 10, 7:00 pm at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Free.)

On Saturday, May 12, historian Charlie McCollester and Jacqui Cavalier will moderate a dialogue, “Violence, War, and Resistance: 1968 and 2018,” among elders who lived through the ‘60s and young activists who face a new global crisis. Are the questions and concerns that drove the national conversation and mobilized a generation toward social justice and activism in the 1960s relevant today? (May 12, 1:30 pm at the Historic Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Dr., Munhall, PA 15210. Free.)

The events will be sponsored by the Battle of Homestead Foundation, with support from the Rivers of Steel Heritage Area, Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources, United Steelworkers, and The Waterfront.

The Battle of Homestead Foundation is committed to preserving the history of the Battle of Homestead and to educating the public about its legacies. BHF has successfully preserved the Historic Pump House building, which has become a venue for educational and community events, and led efforts to commemorate the Battle of Homestead with plaques describing the event and honoring the dead. BHF has also been involved in establishing historic markers at sites related to the 1877 Railroad Strike, the 1909 McKees Rocks Pressed Steel Car Strike, Mother Jones, Francis Perkins, and many historic events and persons in Western Pennsylvania.

For more information: battleofhomestead@gmail.com, 412-478-5907, battleofhomestead.org.

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