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‘TIS THE SEASON for solidarity — a bake sale and cookbook for the Post-Gazette workers' strike fund!* Needed:   bakers, ...
12/07/2023

‘TIS THE SEASON for solidarity — a bake sale and cookbook for the Post-Gazette workers' strike fund!

* Needed: bakers, volunteers, bake sale patrons.

Where: USW headquarters lobby, 60 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Date: Tuesday, December 19

Time: Noon-6 p.m.

Sign up to bake or volunteer: https://tinyurl.com/Dec19BakeSalePGUnions

ADD YOUR favorite dessert recipes (anything baked or sweet) to the "Seasoned with Solidarity Cookbook" — https://tinyurl.com/CookbookPGunions

* This is a union-backed bake sale with partnership from local union members and community members who like to bake … a project of USW Local 3657’s fundraising/recreation committee and organizing committee. *

TODAY Nov. 28 is *Giving Tuesday* — an opportunity to help The Battle of Homestead Foundation tell the stories of worker...
11/28/2023

TODAY Nov. 28 is *Giving Tuesday* — an opportunity to help The Battle of Homestead Foundation tell the stories of workers and working communities in Western Pennsylvania — past, present and future.

* Check out our donation page at https://www.givebigpittsburgh.com/organizations/battle-of-homestead-foundation ... you can contribute any amount up to midnight tonight.

Thank you for your support!

LOOKING TO WALK a local Labor History Trail? Watch these videos and make your own!“Charlie’s Monday Marker” is a series ...
11/26/2023

LOOKING TO WALK a local Labor History Trail? Watch these videos and make your own!

“Charlie’s Monday Marker” is a series of 24 videos hosted by *Dr. Charles McCollester* and produced by the The Battle of Homestead Foundation (https://www.youtube.com/).

Dr. McCollester researched and presented the videos, and Jacqueline Cavalier and Jason Kendall found accompanying visual material and edited the final product.

The first Charlie’s Monday Marker (June 21, 2020) celebrated *Crystal Eastman* (1881-1928), a women’s suffrage advocate, pioneer in Worker Health and Safety Studies and author of the nation's first worker compensation laws; her investigation of industrial accidents in Pittsburgh (published in 1910 as “Work Accidents and the Law”) was a milestone in labor legislation – https://youtu.be/yMgfKJkOVws

BHF member Chuck Pennacchio will emcee the *Fourth Intergenerational Justice Summit* with the topic:  “Can We Engage Mil...
11/24/2023

BHF member Chuck Pennacchio will emcee the *Fourth Intergenerational Justice Summit* with the topic: “Can We Engage Military Veterans in the Fight for Universal Health Care?”

JOIN the online zoom Saturday, Dec. 9, noon-2 p.m. (ET) presented by One Payer States. More info here – https://www.onepayerstates.org/

SPEAKERS: Suzanne Gordon and other observers of the veterans healthcare system with panel and interactive discussion focusing on the intersection of veterans and intergenerational social justice movements.

TUESDAY Nov. 28 is GIVING TUESDAY!!On that day (and only that day) you can donate directly to The Battle of Homestead Fo...
11/17/2023

TUESDAY Nov. 28 is GIVING TUESDAY!!

On that day (and only that day) you can donate directly to The Battle of Homestead Foundation to help us tell the stories of workers and working communities in Western Pennsylvania — past, present and future.

* Check out our donation page at https://www.givebigpittsburgh.com/organizations/battle-of-homestead-foundation ... and mark Nov. 28 on your calendar to drop by and contribute to one of our donation categories.

I’m ready to support Battle of Homestead Foundation on November 28, 2023 during Give Big Pittsburgh. Learn more about Battle of Homestead Foundation and all the other organizations participating in Give Big Pittsburgh.

The Battle of Homestead Foundation was pleased to welcome members of the Staff Union of Pitt (http://www.pittstaffunion....
11/16/2023

The Battle of Homestead Foundation was pleased to welcome members of the Staff Union of Pitt (http://www.pittstaffunion.org/home.html) at Wednesday’s breakfast, along with Chris Frydenger and Bernie Hall of United Steelworkers USW District 10. (photo by Kandi Stoken)

Discussion focused on the status of current union organizing at local universities … and also how having knowledge of labor history can help those involved in today’s union organizing.

MORE information about the Staff Union of Pitt –¬ https://www.utimes.pitt.edu/news/usw-women-steel-lend

11/13/2023

Also today in Pittsburgh's progressive history: On November 13, 2005, Msgr. Charles Owen Rice passed away (born on November 21, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York). He was a priest in the Pittsburgh Diocese who was a strong advocate for labor, and formed the Catholic Radical Alliance. He led demonstrations for workers, the women’s movement, civil rights, and the anti-war movement. (Photo: Library of Congress)

THIS YEAR, Tuesday Nov. 28 is “Giving Tuesday" and the *Give Big Pittsburgh* campaign is raising funds for local nonprof...
11/13/2023

THIS YEAR, Tuesday Nov. 28 is “Giving Tuesday" and the *Give Big Pittsburgh* campaign is raising funds for local nonprofits.

You can donate with one simple click to The Battle of Homestead Foundation donation page and make a contribution that goes *directly* to supporting our educational mission … that page is here – https://tinyurl.com/29ay9a2h

Of course, you can only donate to "Giving Tuesday" on the actual Tuesday, Nov. 28 ...

BUT you can visit the BHF Giving Tuesday page any time to learn more about our programs and plans for The Center for the History and Future of Work (https://battleofhomestead.org/).

And Giving Tuesday is a great way to tell friends and colleagues about this once-a-year opportunity to support a People's History of our community.

Check it out – https://tinyurl.com/29ay9a2h !!

ON SEPT. 28, 2023 in Braddock, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission dedicated a historical marker...
11/11/2023

ON SEPT. 28, 2023 in Braddock, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission dedicated a historical marker to the 1941 novel "Out of This Furnace" by Thomas Bell.

BHF vice-president Pauline Greenlick filmed and edited the dedication, and you can view it here –

ON SEPT. 28, 2023 in Braddock, Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission dedicated a historical marker to the 1941 novel "Out of This Furna...

SAT. NOV. 11, 1:00-2:30 p.m. “We Refuse to Die” is a ceremonial planting of an "Externality" carving outside the Clairto...
11/08/2023

SAT. NOV. 11, 1:00-2:30 p.m.

“We Refuse to Die” is a ceremonial planting of an "Externality" carving outside the Clairton Coke Works Plant, a significant source of toxic, cancer-causing industrial air pollution in the area.

This is a environmental justice celebration of collective strength and community power, with local speakers, song, libation and prayer, art and West African drumming and dancing.

* Location: 425 Shaw Ave., Clairton.

More info @ https://actionnetwork.org/forms/ceremonial-planting-of-a-we-refuse-to-die-carving-by-the-clairton-cokeworks-plant

IT'S PLANNING TIME for the *2024 BHF Program Series* — and your ideas are welcome!Do you know of an engaging speaker wit...
11/08/2023

IT'S PLANNING TIME for the *2024 BHF Program Series* — and your ideas are welcome!

Do you know of an engaging speaker with timely topics relevant to the Foundation mission?

Are *you* one?

You can fill out a proposal form on the BHF website and submit online (https://battleofhomestead.org/become-a-speaker/) … or email [email protected] and receive a Word document you can fill out and email back. We’d love to hear your ideas!

For inspiration, take a look at some recent programs at the Battle of Homestead Foundation YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/

IF YOU'RE planning to drive or bus to The Battle of Homestead Foundation weekly breakfast at Eatn'Park this Wed. Oct. 25...
10/25/2023

IF YOU'RE planning to drive or bus to The Battle of Homestead Foundation weekly breakfast at Eatn'Park this Wed. Oct. 25, you might have to re-route ...

PennDOT has announced there is a Full Closure of Amity Street and the Amity Street railroad crossing lasting through the week.

Alternate Route: Enter into The Waterfront from the north across the Homestead Grays Bridge ... more info at

Contains details for each detour.

The Battle of Homestead Foundation presented Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Millie Beik  at The Pump House, 880 ...
10/23/2023

The Battle of Homestead Foundation presented Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Dr. Millie Beik at The Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA this afternoon.

THIS FILM by Pauline Greenlick was shown at the event as a tribute – https://youtu.be/12xOAyIUkW4 .

The Battle of Homestead Foundation presented "A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Millie Beik (1943-2023)" at The Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive...

DO YOU HAVE a spare 4 minutes, 23 seconds to be captivated and inspired?Listen to Mike Stout and Jason Kendall perform “...
10/18/2023

DO YOU HAVE a spare 4 minutes, 23 seconds to be captivated and inspired?

Listen to Mike Stout and Jason Kendall perform “Ode to Jim Hohman”, a heartfelt song tribute to the late filmmaker, artist, historian and Battle of Homestead Foundation member – https://youtu.be/j6zZ1rGr6TU ... produced by Pauline Greenlick.

This music video portrays the life of Jim Hohman, filmmaker, historian and member of the Battle of Homestead Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA. The song "Ode to Jim...

FOR MORE THAN 50 years *Mike Stout* has been writing and singing important songs about working people and those who they...
10/16/2023

FOR MORE THAN 50 years *Mike Stout* has been writing and singing important songs about working people and those who they inspire (https://mikestoutmusic.com/).

He has composed a new song – “The Daughter of Windber” – to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Millie Beik (https://tinyurl.com/2tw6rz25).

You can hear him sing it live this coming Sun. Oct. 22 from 2-4 p.m. when The Battle of Homestead Foundation presents a memorial for Dr. Beik at The Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA.

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

TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY – join us Sun. Oct. 22, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. for “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Millie ...
10/08/2023

TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY – join us Sun. Oct. 22, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. for “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Millie Beik”.

LOCATION: The Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA
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MILLIE BEIK (https://tinyurl.com/2tw6rz25) was a renowned labor history scholar, whose 1995 book “The Miners of Windber: The Struggles of New Immigrants for Unionization, 1890s-1930s” was a landmark publication that received the Best Book of the Year award from the International Labor History Association.

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

THE Oct. 22 event is free and open to the public; if you plan to attend, an RSVP email would be appreciated to [email protected]

JOIN US Sun. Oct. 22, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. for “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Millie Beik (1943-2023)”.LOCAT...
10/05/2023

JOIN US Sun. Oct. 22, 2023 from 2-4 p.m. for “A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Millie Beik (1943-2023)”.

LOCATION: The Pump House, 880 E. Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA
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MILLIE BEIK (https://tinyurl.com/2tw6rz25) was a renowned labor history scholar, whose 1995 book “The Miners of Windber: The Struggles of New Immigrants for Unionization, 1890s-1930s” was a landmark publication that received the Best Book of the Year award from the International Labor History Association.

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

The Oct. 22 event is free and open to the public; if you plan to attend, an RSVP would be appreciated to [email protected]

RECOMMENDED AUTUMN READING —  take a look at the newly digitized *Mike Stout Collection* of 112 photos and documents cov...
10/05/2023

RECOMMENDED AUTUMN READING — take a look at the newly digitized *Mike Stout Collection* of 112 photos and documents covering Pittsburgh steel and union history, with a particular interest in union activities in Homestead PA and the Pittsburgh region — newspapers, political buttons, labor contracts, event flyers, more.

* Available at –
https://digitalarchives.powerlibrary.org/papd/islandora/object/papd%3Asbhfa-msc

THANKS to a generous grant from Rivers of Steel, the Battle of Homestead Foundation’s *Digital Archives* are online at the Pennsylvania Power Library website (https://powerlibrary.org/) … free to use and containing 1,000,000+ digitized photographs and documents from unique history collections throughout Pennsylvania.

UNITED STEELWORKERS president Tom Conway died earlier this week at 71. https://www.wesa.fm/economy-business/2023-09-29/s...
09/29/2023

UNITED STEELWORKERS president Tom Conway died earlier this week at 71. https://www.wesa.fm/economy-business/2023-09-29/steelworkers-leader-remembers-tom-conway

Mr. Conway was a strong supporter of The Battle of Homestead Foundation and helped aid the development of the Foundation’s Center for the History and Future of Work project.

His passing was noted by President Joe Biden in a special White House statement (https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/09/25/statement-from-president-joe-biden-on-the-passing-of-thomas-conway/) that read in part:

“Tom heard me say a thousand times – the middle class built America, and unions built the middle class. Well, Tom Conway helped build unions all across the country. He made our nation fairer. He made our nation stronger. And I will miss him dearly.”

IF YOU WEREN’T ABLE to Zoom in to tonight’s “The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary”, it can be viewed in its ...
09/27/2023

IF YOU WEREN’T ABLE to Zoom in to tonight’s “The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary”, it can be viewed in its entirety on the BHF YouTube Channel right here – https://youtu.be/Zs9Nf7qLZr8 … it was informative, inspirational and especially timely.

THE BATTLE OF HOMESTEAD FOUNDATION presented a conversation with two historians discussing “The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary", detailing the ...

STILL TIME TO REGISTER for tonight's 7:30-9:00 pm 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary program via Zoom featurin...
09/26/2023

STILL TIME TO REGISTER for tonight's 7:30-9:00 pm 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary program via Zoom featuring Donora Historical Society & Smog Museum curator *Brian Charlton* and author *Andy McPhee* (“Donora Death Fog: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town”).

** Register here – https://tinyurl.com/y6jkwamn ... it's free, timely and empowering.

Hear about the 1948 air pollution disaster that killed 20 and served as the impetus for new environmental protection policies in America

THANKS TO *Mon Valley Independent* for an excellent article on The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary , a live...
09/25/2023

THANKS TO *Mon Valley Independent* for an excellent article on The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary , a live Zoom panel discussion presented this Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. by The Battle of Homestead Foundation.

FEATURED SPEAKERS are *Brian Charlton* of Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum with special guest *Andy McPhee*, author of “Donora Death Fog: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town” (https://upittpress.org/books/9780822966715/) published by Univ. of Pittsburgh Press.

* The program is free but viewers must register here – https://tinyurl.com/y6jkwamn

JOIN US this Tuesday — for The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary, a live Zoom panel discussion presented Tues...
09/24/2023

JOIN US this Tuesday — for The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary, a live Zoom panel discussion presented Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. by The Battle of Homestead Foundation.

FEATURED SPEAKERS are *Brian Charlton* of Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum with special guest *Andy McPhee*, author of “Donora Death Fog: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town” (https://upittpress.org/books/9780822966715/) published by Univ. of Pittsburgh Press.

* The program is free but viewers must register here – https://tinyurl.com/y6jkwamn

LAST WEDNESDAY'S breakfast welcomed *Dr. Victoria Nalongo Namusisi* founder-director of Bright Kids Uganda, a children’s...
09/23/2023

LAST WEDNESDAY'S breakfast welcomed *Dr. Victoria Nalongo Namusisi* founder-director of Bright Kids Uganda, a children’s home for orphans and vulnerable children – https://brightkidsuganda.net/about-us-2/

In 2019 Dr. Namusisi received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Carlow University recognizing her important humanitarian work and educational efforts.

See the film BHF members Pauline Greenlick and Dr. Lou Picard made on Dr. Namusisi's work here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMWQWurnels&t=4s

POET/PHOTOGRAPHER *Paola Corso* will present her new book and photos Sat. Sept. 23 1-3 pm at Carnegie Library-2205 E. Ca...
09/22/2023

POET/PHOTOGRAPHER *Paola Corso* will present her new book and photos Sat. Sept. 23 1-3 pm at Carnegie Library-2205 E. Carson St. in Pittsburgh with historian Lee Ann Draud ... https://www.carnegielibrary.org/event/photography-exhibition-paola-corso/ ... check out Ms. Corso's presentation for Battle of Homestead Foundation in Oct. 21 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7NRV4Utx9g

This program will feature a poetry reading and photography exhibit by Paola Corso along with a local history presentation by Lee Ann Draud. Q & A and Book signing to … Continued

THANKS TO Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Patrick Varine for an excellent article on the Sept. 26 1948 Donora Smog Di...
09/18/2023

THANKS TO Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporter Patrick Varine for an excellent article on the Sept. 26 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary –

Seventy-five years ago this October, residents in the Mon River mill town of Donora noticed something wrong with the air, something different from the typical steel-industry smog that characterized the region at the time. The nearby U.S. Steel Donora Zinc Works had released two dangerous gases, hydr...

IF THERE WAS any kind of silver lining to the toxic clouds that smothered the citizens of Donora in October, 1948, it wa...
09/08/2023

IF THERE WAS any kind of silver lining to the toxic clouds that smothered the citizens of Donora in October, 1948, it was that the disaster forever changed the way Americans began to about the connection between industrial pollution and their health — leading years later to the 1970 federal Clean Air Act and establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum tells the amazing story of the people who persevered and pursued environmental justice through legislation – https://sites.google.com/site/donorahistoricalsociety/

ON TUE. Sept. 26 @ 7:30 pm, you can tune in to a live Zoom panel discussion marking the 75th anniversary of the Donora Smog with Smog Museum curator *Brian Charlton* and author *Andy McPhee* (“Donora Death Fog: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town” – https://upittpress.org/books/9780822966715/).

PRESENTED by the Battle of Homestead Foundation – program is free but viewers must register here – https://tinyurl.com/y6jkwamn

STARTING TODAY ... THIS  MORNING ... SAT. SEPT. 2, 9:30 am-4:00 pm — Reuther-Pollack Labor History Symposium 7 features ...
09/02/2023

STARTING TODAY ... THIS MORNING ... SAT. SEPT. 2, 9:30 am-4:00 pm — Reuther-Pollack Labor History Symposium 7 features top experts on the subject of reconciling labor and environmental issues — tickets and schedule here — https://walswheeling.org/.../labor-history-symposium_2023...

It's presented by WALS Foundation (Wheeling Academy of Law and Science Foundation) and Ohio County Public Library and takes place at First State Capitol, 1413 Eoff St., Wheeling, WV.

This year's theme is inspired by the Wheeling Reads 2023: One Book, One Community Initiative that includes a season of programming based on the novel "Heat and Light" by Jennifer Haigh.

SAT. SEPT. 2, 9:30 am-4:00 pm — Reuther-Pollack Labor History Symposium 7 features top experts on the subject of reconci...
08/30/2023

SAT. SEPT. 2, 9:30 am-4:00 pm — Reuther-Pollack Labor History Symposium 7 features top experts on the subject of reconciling labor and environmental issues — Dr. Hal Gorby, Dr. Josiah Rector, Dr. Erik Loomis, Dr. J. Mijin Cha. Tickets and schedule here — https://walswheeling.org/wals/labor-history-symposium_2023.php

It's presented by WALS Foundation (Wheeling Academy of Law and Science Foundation) and Ohio County Public Library and takes place at First State Capitol, 1413 Eoff St., Wheeling, WV.

This year's theme is inspired by the Wheeling Reads 2023: One Book, One Community Initiative that includes a season of programming based on the novel "Heat and Light" by Jennifer Haigh.

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The Battle of Homestead

125 years later, the Homestead Strike of 1892 retains its capacity to shock. It was a defining event which revealed in the starkest terms the respective strength of labor and management in America in the 1890s. The crushing defeat of the workers meant that there would be no recognized trade unionism and collective bargaining in steel and other heavy industries until the 1930s.

The Battle of Homestead Foundation (BHF) is a diverse organization of citizens, workers, educators and historians. It’s purpose is to preserve, interpret, and promote a people’s history focused on the significance of the dramatic labor conflict at Homestead, Pennsylvania in 1892.


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