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Men of Steel: Simonds Saw and Steel – First Wednesday
September 4, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lockport Native Releases Non-Fiction Book about Steelworkers
Men of Steel Chronicles Three Generations of Lockport Families
Men of Steel is Dr. Louis Rosati’s second non-fiction book focused in Lockport, New York. The story traces the rise and demise of Simonds Saw and Steel and its successors— The Wallace Murry Corporation and Guterl Steel— through his personal perspective of a steelworker’s family across three generations. The story is supplemented by the voices of men involved in the work of manual steel making, the labor movement, social issues of race and gender, health risks and environmental impacts.
Along with his photographer-son Michael, Dr. Rosati chronicles the journey through a decaying mausoleum of a steel mill as a pathologist conducting a post mortem examination. The story intertwines the history and metallurgy of steel, and examines the root causes of the metal’s decline. Media reports of the effects of tariff and trade policy on the steel industry gives the book contemporary relevance.
The book is available online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, select Barnes and Noble retail sites, the Niagara County Historical Society Gift Shop and Buffalo Heritage Press.
Dr. Rosati will discuss and sign copies of his book at the Steel Plant Museum in Lackawanna on Wednesday evening, September 4th at 6:30 PM, and at the Niagara Historical Society in Lockport on Saturday morning at 11 AM.
Dr. Rosati is a graduate of Lockport Senior High School, The University of Buffalo, SUNY Upstate Medical Center and the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical Center. His first book, My Winning Season – Memories of Baseball and Family Growing Up Italian in Lockport’s West End, is also available on Amazon.
Doors open at 5:30pm, with the presentation starting at 6:30pm. Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be available. We’ll also have a 50-50 split club drawing to benefit the Museum. The Railroad and Steel Plant Museums will be open before, during, and after the presentation. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted!
Please park in the lot at the rear of the Heritage DiscoveRY Center Buffalo at 100 Lee St., and enter through the middle rear door. Wheelchair access is via the front doors on Lee St.
Questions? 716-821-9361 or firstname.lastname@example.org