The Good and Bad, the Ugly and Beautiful:A bus tour of places and events in Industrial and Environmental History – 1919-2019, along the Lower Allegheny River


Saturday, August 3, 2019 – 9:30 am-7:00 pm

(Tentative Itinerary – Times may change.) (Approximate cost will be $65 for transportation, admissions and boxed lunch)

10:00 am – depart designated parking lot at CCAC, Northside Campus

10:45 am – Arrive at St. Nicholas Church, Millvale for tour of Vanka Murals. Maxo Vanka completed 25 individual murals in two brief but intense periods in 1937 and 1941 and returned to the Church in 1951 to add the five symbols of Christianity to the choir loft. The 75-year presence of the 25 main murals has been largely unaltered with approximately 4,500 sf of the original paintings on constant display.

Mural: Croatian workers offering St Nicholas Church to the Holy Mother.


12:30 – 1:30 Tree Pittsburgh’s New Green Education Center (Box lunch included) The building was designed to achieve LEED Platinum status and is 100 percent solar-powered and all of the rain runoff it creates will go towards irrigating the many tree saplings on the property.
“Through this education center and the expansion of our nursery, we want to build local efforts to grow our urban forest and get more of our community engaged in that work,” – Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director of Tree Pittsburgh.

1:30-3:00 Short stops or drive-by viewings on the way, including the Pittsburgh Water Authority Pump House, and/or Lock and Dam and/or Filtration Plant. TBD

3:00 pm arrive at Rachel Carson Homestead. (Small group tours of the property.) The birthplace and early home of Rachel Carson was built around 1860 as a four-room farmhouse. The Rachel Carson Homestead Association celebrates and shares the modest frame home in which Rachel was born in 1907, where she lived the early years of her life, where her sense of wonder was nurtured, and where the seeds of her environmental ethic were planted.

4:30 or 5:00 pm Depart for Millvale.

5:30 pm Arrive at Millvale,  meet with Mayor Brian Spoales and Sustainability Manager for talk and/or bus tour of Millvale. Recently the Millvale Ecodistrict Pivot Plan was honored with two national awards from the American Planning Association—a 2017 Silver Achievement Award for Environmental Planning, and an APA Sustainable Communities Division Award. Firmly established as a regional leader in sustainable planning and redevelopment, Millvale’s national reputation has been growing since the Borough’s participation in the EcoDistricts.org Incubator program in 2015.

7:00 pm Return arrival at CCAC, Ridge Avenue.


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