The Donora Historical Society and smog museum is recognized as the oldest community historical society in Washington County of Pennsylvania. They are a non-profit and operate on a volunteer basis. The museum itself seeks to educated the public on the 1948 Donora smog event, a historic air inversion that resulted in a wall of smog that killed 20 people and sickened 7,000 more in Donora, Pennsylvania, a mill town on the Monongahela River, 24 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Created by Point Park University Student Chloe Jakiela, with guidance from Multimedia Journalist Rebecca Devereaux. Jakiela and Devereaux participated in the 2017 Multimedia Workshop, hosted by the Point Park University Environmental Journalism Program. During the two-day workshop, students and mentors were paired up and sent out to report on an assigned story topic, with the deadline set to 5:00 the next day.
A big thank you to our mentor, Rebecca Devereaux and to the Donora Smog Museum for participating!