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Patrons and friends of the Donora Public Library were treated to a unique Sunday afternoon multi-media presentation of spiritual values and the real and fictionalized Old West by local historian and author, Dr. Dave Lonich.  His “Religion and the American West” presentation, drew over one hundred participants on July 31.  

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GPresentation attendees at the Donora Public Library talk with the authors.
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Ashleigh and Kathy D'Medio of Donora enjoyed the event.
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Mundo Amicucci and daughter Patty McGinley purchase copies of Kathleen Shoop books.

Attendees were urged to interact during the lecture on how the legendary American west has grown to become fact due Hollywood versions of the migration westward. Lonich, who also serves as secretary on the library board is author of a number of western themed novels, including Hard Ride to Redemption, ‘a complex tale of good versus evil’ teases the back cover of the book. The author/historian related stories of how religion was often used as background themes in film and television such as Christian hymns sung at public hangings, and why many people’s beliefs on Buddhism are colored by TV’s Kung Fu. The talk ended with a shout of “Amen” from the crowd.

Other writers and historians were special guests of the event including children’s author and illustrator, Peyton Michaels, national award-winner Kathleen Shoop, author of the 3-part Donora Story collection, local historian, Brian Charlton, and illustrator, Slaid Black. A book signing by the authors was held following the presentation. The event included western-themed refreshments and door prizes.  Autographed copies of book were available for a donation to the library. Email mboyer@donoralibrary to receive a copy. 

The library board is scheduling a full calendar of events for the remainder of the year.  Check the library website for upcoming information. 

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