Donna Simons is the author of "Copper Empire," which is a work of historical fiction about the 1913 labor strike in Michigan's Copper Country, and how it led to the deaths of 73 people on Christmas Eve of that year. She researched the Copper Country labor strike for 20 years before publishing her book in 2013. Her presentation will trace the beginning of copper mining in Michigan, starting with Douglas Houghton, and end with copper mines being shut down permanently in 1968. She will explain dangerous working conditions in a copper mine, and why the miners decided to go out on a labor strike that divided the community. Her presentation will wrap up with a description of the Italian Hall tragedy that took the lives of 73 people on Christmas Eve of 1913, after someone yelled fire in a crowded room.
Event Type(s): Adult Program
Presenter: Donna Simons, Author of
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