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Steve Lehto to Sign New Book Thursday, June 25

June 15, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - Finlandia University's North Wind Books, Hancock, will host a book signing with author Steve Lehto Thursday, June 25, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Lehto will sign copies of his new book, "Michigan's Columbus, The Life of Douglass Houghton," a chronicle of Dr. Houghton's life and tragic death.

The name, "Houghton" is well-known to Michiganians as a city, a county, a lake, waterfalls, schools, and more. But how did Douglass Houghton become such a "star?"

As its first state geologist, Houghton found more natural resources in Michigan than any explorer before him, from salt springs to gypsum. His discoveries helped begin the "rush" to the Keweenaw Peninsula's Copper Country. Douglass Houghton was also a medical doctor, a mayor of Detroit, and a professor at University of Michigan.

When Houghton drowned in 1845, at the age of 36, he was one of the best-known people in Michigan.

Steve Lehto, an attorney, is also the author of "At Death's Door," an account of the 1913 Italian Hall disaster in Calumet, Mich., which won the 2007 Michigan Notable Book Award. His grandfather, Waino "Pops" Lehto, was a dean and professor at Finlandia University (Suomi College), Hancock, Mich., for 40 years.

For additional information about the book signing, please contact North Wind Books at 906-487-7217.