Battle of Homestead Foundation

Homestead and Munhall
June 30, July 6, 9 & 13
Various times

It’s been 125 years since one of the most significant labor events in U.S. history took place on local soil.

A series of events spanning three weeks will commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Homestead Strike, when thousands of locked-out steelworkers clashed with Pinkerton guards hired by Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Carnegie. Presented by the Battle of Homestead Foundation, the events will explore this important labor fight and its defining role in U.S. history.

The series kicks off June 30 at the historic Bost Building in Munhall. Attendees will meet acclaimed actor, activist and playwright Mark Rylance, see steel industry exhibits and enjoy live music by Jason Kendall. Known for his roles in several Steven Spielberg films, Rylance has appeared on Broadway, and previously ran Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

On July 6, Rylance will present Shakespeare and the 1892 Battle of Homestead at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall. Joined by writer Peter Reder and local actors and musicians, Rylance will perform Shakespearean monologues, along with texts and songs from 1892.

Additional events include a memorial for the strikers, a lecture by Napoleón Gómez Urrutia and more.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. Musically, she is in a band called The Garment District and is a founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.