Ohio Tales of the Titanic

Programs during April, the Titanic anniversary month


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.

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.