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On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 25, 1881

Andrew Carnegie made his first move to create a free library for Pittsburgh; he offered $250,000 on the condition that the city government agree to appropriate $15,000 annually for its maintenance. The city was unable to accept the gift as it had no funds on hand for such a purpose. [Historic Pittsburgh

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: August 11, 1919

Andrew Carnegie died at age 84 at his summer home in Lenox, Mass., after three days of pneumonia. [Historic Pittsburgh

nprbooks:

"Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he’d built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country."

— Susan Stamberg reports on Carnegie’s library legacy. Read more here.

Photo: Andrew Carnegie, circa 1913. (Library of Congress)

Hall of Sculpture at the Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1908 [Library of Congress

Carnegie Lake and Boat House, Panther Hollow, Schenley Park [Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy]

engineeringhistory:

Andrew Carnegie at Engineering Societies Building cornerstone ceremony, 1906

Striking workers and Pinkerton strike-breakers on the Monongahela River. National Police Gazette. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: July 6, 1892 

Three hundred Pinkerton men were engaged by millworkers in a pitched battle at the Homestead works after arriving via the Monongahela River on two barges; 16 men were killed and many more wounded. [Historic Pittsburgh]

Related: “Strike at Homestead Hill,” from the PBS series American Experience:

When 300 Pinkerton Detectives came ashore at Andrew Carnegie’s Homestead mill on July 6, 1892, they had no idea of the extreme violence with which locked-out steelworkers would greet them. A hail of stones, then bullets, ripped the air. Steelworker William Foy and the captain of the Pinkertons fell wounded.

What had begun as a simple disagreement over wages between the nations largest steelmaker and its largest craft union, the Amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, had taken a decidedly savage turn. Before the struggle ended, Amalgamated would be humbled, Carnegie’s control of his labor force complete. (more)

Carnegie Institute ceremony, 1907 (image via Pittsburgh Elders Guild

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: April 11, 1907 

Andrew Carnegie formally presented the $6 million Carnegie Institute in a dedication ceremony witnessed by 20,000. [Historic Pittsburgh

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: March 11, 1901

Andrew Carnegie sold Carnegie Steel to J. P. Morgan for $492 million, making Carnegie the world’s richest man. [Historic PittsburghOn This Day]

“Andrew Carnegie” returns for the closing of the historic Carnegie Building, 1952 (via The Pittsburgh Press)

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: March 1, 1952 

At midnight 100 men of the United States Steel Corporation sat around a horseshoe table in the Carnegie Building, then emptied of all tenants, and drank a toast to what had been “steel headquarters” for 57 years. At 8 a.m., demolition crews began the long and arduous task of disassembling this structure, beam by beam, to clear the site for a Kaufmann’s annex. [Historic Pittsburgh]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 13, 1948

Carnegie Tech announces a $4 million building and renovation program in a move to relieve overcrowding. [Historic PittsburghExplore PA History

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 25, 1881

Andrew Carnegie made his first move to create a free library for Pittsburgh; he offered $250,000 on the condition that the city government agree to appropriate $15,000 annually for its maintenance. The city was unable to accept the gift as it had no funds on hand for such a purpose. [Historic Pittsburgh

Carnegie Technical Schools, Pittsburgh (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 6, 1895 

Andrew Carnegie announces his intention to fund a technical institute within the next five years, which will grow to become Carnegie Mellon University. [Wikipedia

Andrew Carnegie, by F. Luis Mora (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: August 11, 1919

Andrew Carnegie died at age 84 at his summer home in Lenox, Mass., after three days of pneumonia. [Historic Pittsburgh

Carnegie Lake and Boat House, Panther Hollow, Schenley Park [Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: July 12, 1979 

President Carter arrives to Carnegie for a two-hour roundtable. Three days later, he makes his televised “Crisis of Confidence” address to the nation.