Archive for August, 2015

Finnish Heritage Museum program at Fairport Harbor, Ohio

August 15, 2015

On Aug. 10, 2015, Mary Ann presented a program on Ohio’s Titanic connections for the Finnish Heritage Museum, focusing on three Finnish passengers with Northeast Ohio connections: Anna Turja, Erik Collander and Elin Hakkarainen. She was joined by co-author Janet White, special guests Jane Nummi (daughter-in-law of Elin Hakkarainen) and Joann Knuth and her daughter, Mary Jo Knuth, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Lebanese Titanic passenger Shaneene George. The Finnish Heritage Museum was filled to capacity and the audience was very enthusiastic and interested, especially since some members of their ethnic community were profiled. The museum is in a brick building that was a former firehouse. It has been turned into quite a nice little museum and gift shop on Finnish heritage in this part of Ohio. Fairport Harbor is a small town on the Grand River near where it runs into Lake Erie. It’s not far from the Mentor Headlands state park. Thanks to Anne Pohto, Lasse Hiltunen, Sharon Mackey and other members of the Finnish Heritage Museum who helped make this such a successful program! Sharon kindly wrote up a nice article to be published in the Finnish American Reporter and Lasse put a nice page up on the group’s website, with many more photos and Sharon’s article, which you can see here:

Here are some photos I took at the event.  — Mary Ann

 

Janet White, co-author of Ohio Tales of the Titanic, talks with an audience member after the program. Behind them are displays on Finnish heritage in the museum.

Janet White, co-author of Ohio Tales of the Titanic, talks with an audience member after the program. Behind them are displays on Finnish heritage in the museum.

Special guest Jane Nummi, left, daughter-in-law of Finnish Titanic survivor Elin Hakkarainen, who settled in Warren, Ohio. With Jane is Anne Pohto of the Finnish Heritage Museum, before the program.

Special guest Jane Nummi, left, daughter-in-law of Finnish Titanic survivor Elin Hakkarainen, who settled in Warren, Ohio. With Jane is Anne Pohto of the Finnish Heritage Museum, before the program.

Special guests at the program were relatives of Lebanese Titanic survivor of Youngstown, Shaneene George. Mary Jo, Knuth, left, and her mother, Joann Knuth, great-granddaughter and granddaughter, respectively, of Shaneene.

Special guests at the program were relatives of Lebanese Titanic survivor of Youngstown, Shaneene George. Mary Jo, Knuth, left, and her mother, Joann Knuth, great-granddaughter and granddaughter, respectively, of Shaneene.

Programs during April, the Titanic anniversary month

August 15, 2015

Mary Ann presented a program on Ohio’s Titanic connections to the First Church Women’s group at First Congregational United Church Of Christ in Elyria on April 1, 2015.

Then, on April 20, Mary Ann and fellow Titanic author Tad Fitch took part in a panel on the Titanic at the Stow Senior Center in Stow, Ohio, aided by Joe Hoffman of the History Book Club at the Learned Owl bookstore in Hudson, Ohio. (Tad and Mary Ann had taken part in a program for the book club in August 2014.). We each talked a little bit about our areas of expertise (Ohio connections for me and extensive research on the sinking and impact for Tad).

For those who don’t know Tad, here is his brief bio: He was born in Northeast Ohio and has lived in the region his entire life. He has written numerous articles that have been published in the Titanic Historical Society’s quarterly journal, The Titanic Commutator, and online at Bill Wormstedt’s Titanic and Encyclopedia Titanica.  His works have been cited or referenced in many publications.  He is a co-author of “Report Into the Loss of SS Titanic, A Centennial Reappraisal” (2012), the 2012 Mountbatten Maritime Award-nominated “On A Sea of Glass, The Life & Loss of RMS Titanic,” and most recently, “Into the Danger Zone, Sea Crossings of the First World War” (2014).

It has been fun presenting Titanic to enthusiastic audiences with Tad and answering people’s questions. Here are some photos from these events.  — Mary Ann

A member of the women's church group in Elyria reads a display about Ohio-bound passengers on the Titanic before the presentation.

A member of the women’s church group in Elyria reads a display about Ohio-bound passengers on the Titanic before the presentation.

Tad Fitch chats with Joe Hoffman of the History Book Club after the Stow Senior Center program.

Tad Fitch chats with Joe Hoffman of the History Book Club after the Stow Senior Center program.

 

The Stow Senior Center welcomed us with this drawing of the Titanic on their announcement board.

The Stow Senior Center welcomed us with this drawing of the Titanic on their announcement board.