Monday, August 12, 2013

Author Steve Lehto to speak on new edition of his book "Death's Door" Aug. 14 at Brownstone Hall

Author Steve Lehto speaks about the 1913 Copper Miners' Strike during his 2012 presentation at the Brownstone Hall in Atlantic Mine. This Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, Lehto will speak about the new edition of his book Death's Door -- the Truth Behind the Italian Hall Disaster and the Strike of 1913 at the Brownstone Hall during an event again sponsored by the Adams Township School District Foundation, Inc., and the Sarah Sargent Paine Historical Research Center. (Keweenaw Now file photo)*

ATLANTIC MINE -- Author Steve Lehto will discuss the second edition of his book Death's Door -- the Truth Behind the Italian Hall Disaster and the Strike of 1913 during "An Evening with Steve Lehto" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Brownstone Hall in Atlantic Mine. The event is open to the public.

The Adams Township School District Foundation, Inc., and the Sarah Sargent Paine Historical Research Center are hosting the event, similar to Lehto's visit that they sponsored in June 2012. In this new lecture, Lehto will update attendees with even more new information on this dark chapter in Michigan's past.

This book is a revised and expanded version of Lehto's 2006 book, Death's Door -- the Truth Behind Michigan's Largest Mass Murder. This new edition builds on that strong foundation with additional information and new photographs.

In his introduction to this second edition of Death's Door, Steve Lehto writes, "I first worked on this project in the early 2000s, and Death's Door was published in 2006. After the book came out, I continued researching the Italian Hall and the strike while working on other projects. Among other things, I met with countless people who had ties to the story, and many of them had information regarding the events in my book. I also uncovered more evidence regarding what happened at the hall and during the strike. I decided that with the 100th anniversary approaching, it would be appropriate to release an updated and revised version of the book, including everything I know so far.

"And to assure that we never forget how their children were stolen away."

During a book signing at Copper World in Calumet on June 20, 2013, author Steve Lehto chats with customer Delores Aho of Ontonagon about the second edition of his book Death's Door (which she is holding), while Copper World owner Tony Bausano looks on. Lehto was visiting the Copper Country on June 20 for the Italian Hall Ceremony and lectures he gave at Finn Fest.**

Lehto also spoke about his books and gave a book signing at the Brownstone Hall last year for the Adams Township School District Foundation, Inc., and the Sarah Sargent Paine Historical Research Center. The group invited him to return for a second presentation this summer.*

Like the event last year, this Wednesday's event will include discussion, book signing, wine tasting, hors-d'oeuvres, coffee and desserts. Admission is $10, which is tax-deductible and will help support scholarships and projects sponsored by the Sarah Sargent Paine Historical Research Center, which is an affiliate of Adams Township School District Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In addition to scholarships, the Foundation funds are used to provide for teacher and student inspired programs as well as to assist in the preservation and enhancement of school buildings.

Editor's Notes:

* See our June 19, 2013, article about Steve Lehto, which includes video clips and photos from his presentation at Brownstone Hall last year.

** See our July 7, 2013, article with videos and photos of the Italian Hall Ceremony.

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