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Braddock's Battlefield History Center

Date: 4/22/2013

Braddock’s Battlefield History Center and The Rivers of Steel Heritage Museum


The first stop in our day-long bus trip is Homestead at the Rivers of Steel Heritage Museum in the Bost Building. The mission of Rivers of Steel is to interpret the "dynamic and powerful story of the region’s evolution from the colonial settlement to ’Big Steel’ to the modern era."  

The Bost Building was built in 1892 as a hotel and served as the temporary headquarters for the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workersduring the Homestead Lockout and Strike.  Two rooms have been restored to look like they did at the time of the infamous 1892 strike. 


The new exhibit, J & L:  A Pittsburgh Icon, tells the story of Jones and Laughlin Steel and how it represented the image of Pittsburgh as an American industrial giant. 


Next, we will visit the Braddock’s Battlefield History Center in North Braddock.  The center opened in August 2012, and commemorates the July 9, 1755 Battle of the Monongahela, also known as Braddock’s Defeat.  The exhibit features more than 250 artifacts related to the expedition, as well as 50 paintings by prominent artists like Robert Griffing, John Buxton, and Howard Pyle. Reproduction uniforms are also on display. 


The group will then enjoy a leisurely buffet luncheon at the Grand View Golf Club in Braddock Hills. The dining room offers a spectacular view of the Mon Valley.


The cost for the day-trip is $65 for WCHS members and $75 for non-members and includes bus transportation, museum admissions, the luncheon buffet, and gratuities.  Reservations must be confirmed no later than April 12th. 

Call 724-532-1935 ext. 210 for details.


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