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“Our Families in The Battle of Homestead: Weaving Folklore into the Warp of Historical Fiction.”
Saturday, August 26, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Presentation by author Trilby Busch. “Darkness Visible: A Novel of the 1892 Homestead Strike,” recreates the experiences of the workers and townspeople who witnessed the strike and battle firsthand. The author’s great-grandfather was killed in the Homestead Works in the immediate aftermath of the strike. A Steel Valley native, Trilby Busch will show how the novel weaves oral history and research into a insider’s view of the dramatic events unfolding in 1892. Descendants of strikers and steelworkers of that era will also share their family stories.
Here are the three descendants of strikers who have agreed to tell stories so far:
Haydn Thomas, son of Munhall teacher Prosser Thomas. Munhall H.S. ’66 His great-grandfather, John Edwards (also the name of Trilby’s great-grandfather) was a Welsh immigrant and member of the strike committee.
George DeBolt. His DeBolt great-grandfather was also a member of the strike committee. George owns the pitchfork that his ancestor wielded in the battle. George runs the family bus company out of Homestead, and is well known in the community.
Grace Jack Krepps (daughter of Trilby’s dad’s sister). Grace is willing to say a few words about her grandfather on her father’s side, “Daddy” Jack, who was a striker and fired a pistol at the Pinkertons during the battle.