Death’s Door - The Truth Behind the Italian Hall Disaster & the Strike of 1913

Oct 26, 2022 584

BY: Sandra Tornberg

Wednesday November 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EST. Shelby Township Library – Legacy Room (52610 Van Dyke Ave, Shelby Township MI). This intriguing talk is open to all. Free Admission & No advance registration required.

The Com.It.Es Detroit, a non-profit Italian organization representing Italians living abroad, is pleased to present Steve Lehto, the author of the award winning book: Death’s Door– The Truth Behind the Italian Hall Disaster & the Strike of 1913. The Shelby Township Library is hosting the event, under the auspices of the Consulate of Italy in Detroit.

Steve will discuss the 1913 Christmas Eve tragedy that occurred in Calumet Michigan. More than six dozen people were crushed to death as they scrambled to flee the second floor of the Italian Hall. Someone had cried “Fire” at the top of the stairs. There was no fire, but the tragedy permanently scarred the psyche of the region. Was the call of “Fire” a tragic error or a calculated action designed to cause chaos?

Steve Lehto is a writer and attorney who resides in southeast Michigan. He obtained a B.A. in history from Oakland University and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law in LA.

Steve has been practicing Lemon Law and Consumer Protection for 30 years. He wrote the Lemon Law Bible and taught at the UDM School of Law for 10 years. He is a lecturer on Consumer Law and has been quoted by or appeared on countless media outlets such as the NY Times, the BBC, CNN, Good Morning America, WDIV, WJBK, and WXYZ. He also has written several award-winning history books on topics as diverse as the Italian Hall disaster, the wrongful conviction of Timothy Masters, & the Chrysler Turbine Car.

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