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

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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.

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

12:30 – 1:30 pm Visit Tree Pittsburgh’s New Green Education Center. 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. Enjoy a Community Kitchen box lunch while hearing about the industrial history of the site from the view of the front porch.

With short stops or drive-by viewings of significant sites along the way, and commentary by on-board historian, Howard Scott. e.g. lock and dam, filtration plants, former industrial sites, plus others, TBD.

3:00 – 4:30 pm Small group tours of the Rachel Carson Homestead — Built around 1860 as a four-room farm- house, Rachel Carson was born here in 1907. The R. Carson Homestead Association maintains and shares the modest frame home in celebration of Carson’s enormous impact on environmental research and public awareness of the intricate relationship we share with our natural environments.

4:30 – 5:30 pm Return to Millvale via Sharpsburg and Etna. Hear about sustainability efforts of Millvale and neighboring Rivertown communities from Millvale Mayor Brian Spoales.

5;:30 pm Arrive at Grist House Craft Brewery for refreshments and a visit to Community Library, adjacent Tea Room, and Maker Space facility. Local food and drink options will be available for purchasing on your own.

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

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