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Author Presentation: “Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown”

November 23 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Pat Farabaugh, author and Professor of Communications at Saint Francis University, will be discussing his new book, “Disastrous Floods and the Demise of Steel in Johnstown“. This presentation will include the history of the steel industry in Johnstown and the surrounding region, and the city’s three major floods.
The presentation will take place in our Community Room, and be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Richard Burkert of the Johnstown Area Heritage Association. Dr. Farabaugh will also be signing copies of his book, which will be available for purchase at the event.

Johnstown is synonymous with floodwaters and steel. When the city was decimated by a flood of biblical proportions in 1889, it was considered one of the worst natural disasters in American history and gained global attention. Sadly, that deluge was only the first of three major floods to claim lives and wreak havoc in the region. The destruction in the wake of the St. Patrick’s Day flood in 1936 was the impetus for groundbreaking federal and local flood control measures. Multiple dam failures, including the Laurel Run Dam in July 1977, left a flooded Johnstown with a failing steel industry in ruins. Author Pat Farabaugh charts the harrowing history of Johnstown’s great floods and the effects on its economic lifeblood.
About the Author:
Pat Farabaugh is a professor of communications at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University. He earned his PhD in political and cultural communications from Penn State. His previous books include Carl McIntire’s Crusade Against the Fairness Doctrine and An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman. He is also a contributing author to American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. He and his wife, Jenna, live in Indiana, Pennsylvania.


November 23
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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Cambria County Library
248 Main Street
Johnstown, PA 15901 United States
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