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Smith Mine disaster lecture set for March 4

February 25, 2010

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The Museum of the Rockies will host Susan Kushner Resnick, author of the new book "Goodbye Wifes and Daughters: The Explosion of an American Town," for a lecture on the Smith Mine disaster on Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Hager Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The Smith Coal Mine disaster was one of the nation's worst coal-mining accidents, occurring during World War II.

Resnick's book explores the heroes who fought to save lives, the villains who may have caused their deaths and the families who lost almost everything on one sunny February morning. Though the Smith disaster occurred nearly 67 years ago, event organizers say the same dangerous circumstances still exist, and similar tragedies are still happening in the coal industry today.

Resnick has been a journalist for 22 years. She has freelanced for magazines, including The New York Times. Her first book, "Sleepless Days: One Woman's Journey Through Postpartum Depression," was the first memoir of postpartum depression by an American author.

A book signing will take place following the lecture with copies of the book for sale. For more information, contact Michael Fox at 994-5330.