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'Steel Giants' book signing

Indiana University Northwest faculty members and authors Gary Wilk, Ph.D., and Stephen McShane will sign copies of their new book, “Steel Giants: Historic Images from the Calumet Regional Archives,” at two events this month.

The first signing will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at 2 p.m. at Barnes and Noble on U.S. 30 in Merrillville. This event will run until 4 p.m.

The second event will take place on Thursday, Dec. 17, starting at 4 p.m. in the IU Northwest Savannah Gallery for Contemporary Art and Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore, located in the Savannah Center. There will be a formal program at this event, with the signing immediately to follow at 4:30 p.m. and concluding at 6:30 p.m.

“Steel Giants” is filled with photographs, some more than 100 years old, depicting the construction and operation of U.S. Steel’s Gary Works and the Inland Steel plant in East Chicago. McShane contributed the text, which details the mighty effort to transform a swath of Lake Michigan shoreline into the mill district and adjacent communities that would help to build 20th-century America.

The book contains 278 black-and-white and 32 color photographs, along with a foreword by “Making Steel” author Mark Reutter. “Steel Giants” also contains a reproduction of a 1911 sales booklet that Inland Steel used to tout its product.

Copies of “Steel Giants” will be available for purchase at both events. The book is also available at the Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore, at Barnes and Noble and Borders retail locations, and online at,, and the Indiana University Press Web site at



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Christopher Sheid

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More about 'Steel Giants'

Indiana University Press

Calumet Regional Archives

Cover art courtesy of Stephen McShane, Gary Wilk, and Indiana University Press
The cover for "Steel Giants: Historic Images from the Calumet Regional Archives."
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