Archive for September, 2014

Ohio Tales of the Titanic now on Kindle!

September 28, 2014

Just a note to let folks know that our book, Ohio Tales of the Titanic, is now available as an e-book on Kindle, for those who like to use tablets to read.

Here’s the link to the page on Amazon. Just click on the image of the book cover below:

http://www.amazon.com/Ohio-Tales-Titanic-Mary-Whitley-ebook/dp/B00NSXL47Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

 

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History Book Club program at The Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson

September 20, 2014
Tad Fitch, far left, listens to a question from the group gathered at The Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson during its History Book Club meeting. Organizer Joe Hoffman is at far right.

Tad Fitch, far left, listens to a question about the Titanic from the group gathered at The Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson during its History Book Club meeting. Moderator Joe Hoffman is at far right.

Mary Ann Whitley and Tad Fitch shared their research about the Titanic with members of the History Book Club at The Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson.

Northeast Ohio residents Mary Ann Whitley and Tad Fitch shared their research about the Titanic with members of the History Book Club at The Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson.

On Aug. 17, Tad Fitch and I were invited to discuss the Titanic with members of the History Book Club that meets monthly at The Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson. Tad is the co-author of On a Sea of Glass: The Life and Loss of the RMS Titanic and contributed to another book, Report into the Loss of the RMS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal. Here’s a link to an article about Tad’s book.

The club explores various historical topics, and members can read various books. They do not all have to read the same book. The discussion is about the topic for the month. They invite authors who have written about the chosen topic when possible.

Tad handled the more technical questions about the ship and sinking and I answered those about Ohio’s connections to the disaster. Tad had been on my little Midwest Titanic email list for a number of years (through meeting a friend of mine) but we had never met. It was great to finally meet in person and “talk Titanic.” I thought our co-hosting of the discussion went very well and I hope we can do it again sometime.

Joe Hoffman, moderator for the club meetings, wrote this nice note to his email list after the program: “First have to say that the History Book Club had its best discussion to date on Sunday when we tackled the topic of the Titanic.  Local Titanic authors, Tad Fitch and Mary Ann Whitley, provided a wealth of information.  We had a peach dish with a little kick to it that was on the Titanic’s menu the night that it sank…..thanks to a first-time attendee.   Many wonderful insights were shared and questions answered…..the vast majority of questions by our visiting authors.  It was a great afternoon of history!”

March & April 2014 programs in Mayfield Heights, Twinsburg and Akron

September 20, 2014

I’ll summarize here some of the programs of the last few months. I wanted to post these items earlier, but some health issues made it advisable for me to avoid doing too much work on the computer.

Members of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society braved a cold night to hear the stories of Ohioans on the Titanic.

Members of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society braved a cold night to hear the stories of Ohioans on the Titanic.

 

Members of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society took time to read the stories of some of the Ohio-bound passengers displayed on poster-size panels.

Members of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society took time to read the stories of some of the Ohio passengers displayed on poster-size panels.

East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society

On March 3, I presented a program for the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society in Mayfield Heights. I tried to intertwine the stories of Northeast Ohio passengers on the Titanic with the kinds of issues and problems that genealogists face, such as finding sources, long-ago news coverage, interviewing descendants, etc. As I pointed out, Janet’s and my project on the Ohio connections to the Titanic was like one huge genealogy project as we delved into the backgrounds and family histories of 55 passengers. A very nice and interested crowd showed up on a frigid night to hear the personal stories of some of the Ohio-bound passengers and how Janet and I tracked down information on them.

Mary Jo Knuth, left, and her mother, Joann Knuth, lent a personal perspective to the program, talking about  their ancestor, Shaneene George, a Titanic survivor who was headed to Youngstown.

Mary Jo Knuth, left, and her mother, Joann Knuth, lent a personal perspective to the Twinsburg library program, talking about their ancestor, Shaneene George, a Titanic survivor who was headed to Youngstown.

Janet White displayed articles about Titanic survivor Shaneene George along with some Titanic replica china, blanket and other items.

Janet White displayed articles about Titanic survivor Shaneene George, along with some Titanic replica china, a blanket and other items, at the Twinsburg Public Library.

Twinsburg Public Library

On April 14 (the 102nd anniversary of the April 14/15 Titanic disaster), Janet and I presented a program at the library focusing on the Northeast Ohio people who were on board the ship. Joining us on this anniversary night were some special guests, Joann Knuth and Mary Jo Knuth, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Youngstown-bound Titanic survivor Shaneene George. They were able to answer questions from the audience and give a personal perspective on the passengers, especially the third-class passengers like Shaneene. I’m sure those in attendance were thrilled to be able to meet descendants of a passenger traveling to Ohio.

Akron Woman’s City Club

On April 22, I presented a program on Ohio’s Titanic connections to the women in the organization’s book section, focusing on those passengers with connections to Akron. We met in the beautiful Titanic-era home that was originally the residence of George Bertram Work and later George M. Stadelman. The craftsmanship of the original section of  the home, built in 1901 (it had some additions since that time), and style of the interior certainly evoked the era I was talking about.  A most appropriate setting. The club has been using this home since 1946. Check out the house on the club’s site. Because the book section often invites authors and enjoys hearing about how their books came to be written, I shared some “war stories” about how Janet and I pulled together our research and managed to self-publish our book in time for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. The women were most interested and had some thoughtful questions about the writing process as well as Ohio and Akron’s ties to the Titanic.

—  Mary Ann