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MIllie Beik Celebration of Life & Legacy

Sun. Oct. 22, 2023, 2:00-4:00 p.m. “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Millie Beik (1943-2023)” at The Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA.

Millie Beik was a renowned labor history scholar, whose 1995 book The Miners of Windber:  The Struggles of New Immigrants for Unionization, 1890s-1930s (Penn State University Press) was a landmark publication that received the Best Book of the Year award from the International Labor History Association.

Her late husband, Bill Beik, was a noted historian in the field of French history who taught with Millie for many years at Emory University in Atlanta.

When Millie and Bill retired from university teaching and moved to Pittsburgh, they became steadfast supporters of the Battle of Homestead Foundation, helping organize numerous programs and events.

This past year, she was an important part of the team that organized the Pennsylvania Labor History Weekend at Windber and Lilly, PA in April, 2023.

The Dr. Mildred Allen Beik Collection in the Special Collections and University Archives of Indiana University-Pennsylvania contains thousands of items and is the foremost archive of materials on the subject of U.S. coal mining life and culture in the early 20th century.

Join us Oct. 22 when the Battle of Homestead Foundation and the Beik family present a public celebration recognizing Millie’s social activism and scholarly contributions.

* The event is free and open to the public; if you plan to attend, an RSVP to would be appreciated.


“Labor and labor relations constitute the essence of American history and are not separate or isolatable subjects divorced from the nation’s overall past. Working people have been instrumental in the building of America.” — Millie Beik, preface to Labor Relations

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