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Book discussion group: “The Donora Death Fog: Clean Air and the Tragedy of a Pennsylvania Mill Town”

April 11 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

October 1948 saw a deadly ecological disaster befall the little mill town of Donora: a toxic smog that blanketed the town for six days and left twenty-one people dead and made hundreds more ill. Author Andy McPhee tells the fascinating story of how this tragedy came to pass, how the workers and residents of Donora were affected as mills began to close, and how the catastrophe led to the passing of the country’s first clean air act in 1955.

Join author Andy McPhee for this group discussion of The Donora Death Fog, as we compare the 1948 event to more recent ecological disasters and discuss how the environmental movement has evolved over the past seventy years. Copies of the book are available at the Library’s checkout desk (we recommend that you call ahead to make sure).

Plus, don’t miss a special talk from Donora Smog Museum curator Brian Charlton at 1:00 PM on our April 20 Earth Day celebration!

Can’t attend in person? Join us via Zoom!

Registration is appreciated, though walk-ins are welcome. Please register for the book discussion here.

300 Beechwood Avenue
Carnegie, PA 15106 United States
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