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Tue, Sep 26



Partner Event | The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary

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Sep 26, 2023, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM


About the event

The Battle of Homestead Foundation presents a free Zoom program "The 1948 Donora Smog Disaster – 75th Anniversary" presented by Brian Charlton of the Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum.

The 90-minute program with audience Q&A explores the events leading up to the October 1948 onset of intense smog that settled over the town of Donora, Pennsylvania, a Monongahela River mill town 24 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The toxic air conditions killed 20 people and caused severe respiratory problems for 6,000 of the 14,000 people living in the town.

The Donora Smog remains one of the worst environmental disasters in American history, yet it had the positive effect of raising widespread awareness of dangers caused by industrial air pollution ... an awareness that would eventually lead to state and federal laws protecting our air, earth, and water.

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