Ohio Tales of the Titanic

History Book Club program at The Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson


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.

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!”