Posts Tagged ‘ohio titanic memorial’

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:


Titanic artifact exhibit back in Cleveland

June 13, 2013
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A light-projection image of the sinking Titanic greets visitors to the Great Lakes Science Center as they enter from the parking garage.

The Titanic artifact exhibit opened on June 1 at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio; it will remain until Jan. 5.  About 10 of us area Titanic buffs met there to tour the exhibit.  I thought the highlight was seeing the crow’s nest bell. It is very effectively presented, in a darkened space, with the recorded sounds of a ship’s bell playing softly in the background. The science center also has installed a nice display about the Northeast Ohio Titanic connections, with wall panels highlighting the stories of nearly a dozen of the people who were traveling to this region on the Titanic. These are on the wall just as you exit the exhibit space. Of course our group had to gather by the Ohio Titanic Memorial, which is just outside the science center, for a group photo. I’m also pleased to announce that the Titanic gift shop associated with the exhibit is carrying our book. Here are a few more pictures from the day.  — Mary Ann

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This banner hangs above the escalator in the Great Lakes Science Center.

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The wind gave most of us a “bad hair day” as we posed for a photo by the Ohio Titanic Memorial outside the Great Lakes Science Center.

Titanic sailing back into Cleveland!

March 15, 2013

Titanic returns!

I just recently heard from the folks at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland that the science center will be hosting the Titanic artifact exhibit starting June 1. The exhibit was last in Cleveland in 2002, during the 90th anniversary year.  Janet White and I, and many others in the region with an interest in or personal connections to the Titanic were very involved with the exhibit during that time, providing family mementoes for display or doing programs or serving as volunteers.  The return of the artifacts recovered from Titanic’s wreck site offers another opportunity to tell the state’s and Northeast Ohio’s Titanic stories. I hope that many throughout the region will be touched by those stories.

In addition, in 2002, a group of us created the informal organization, the Great Lakes Titanic Society, and put on a conference titled “Titanic: From Sinking to Salvage.” You can find photos from that event on the society’s Scrapbook page (scroll all the way to the bottom, it’s the very first entry):

Through that conference, we raised funds to install an Ohio Titanic Memorial on the grounds of the Great Lakes Science Center. Check out photos from the installation of the memorial here:

and the memorial dedication:

In addition, for the story of how the memorial came about, and to see more photos, visit this page:

Here are a couple of photos from 2002. They were taken at a special event the science center hosted to give those with an interest in or connection to the Titanic a chance to gather and talk to science center staffers and share their family stories and mementoes.

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Mary Ann gets up close and personal with a Titanic headlamp that was on display in the Great Lakes Science Center auditorium for this special event in 2002.

Mary Kerola and Janet White

Mary Kerola, daughter of Youngstown-bound Titanic survivor Shaneene George, looks over some newspaper articles about her mother with Janet White during the special science center event in 2002. When the exhibit was in Cleveland in 2002, Mary got to see the recovered lifeboat davit from Collapsible C, the very lifeboat in which her mother was rescued. Mary was 98 when this photo was taken.  She died in 2009 at the age of 104.

In 2002, the Great Lakes Science Center featured a special room highlighting The Northern Ohio Story during the Titanic exhibit run. They hope to have a similar display this time. Here’s a photo of one section of the 2002 display:

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Each panel in “The Northern Ohio Story” display at the Great Lakes Science Center in 2002 told the story of  one or more passengers with Ohio connections.

I hope everyone in the region gets a chance to see the exhibit! — Mary Ann

100th anniversary of Titanic

April 25, 2012

On April 14/15 this year, the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, I did something I’ve rarely had the chance to do – spend the day viewing Titanic-related sites and attending two Titanic-related cultural events.

Friends Denise and John had suggested driving around Cleveland to see a few spots I’d never had the time to go to see and photograph. So they planned the itinerary and we set off at about 10 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

First stop was the Shaker Heights home of Titanic survivor Caroline Bonnell, who later married Paul Jones, a federal judge, and moved to Cleveland from Youngstown. This was their home. (It was raining so I just took it through the car window.) I had just recently interviewed Caroline’s daughter, Mary Jones Chilcote, for the series of Titanic stories that ran in The Plain Dealer in Cleveland on April 8, as well as online. (Caroline’s story and a video clip of Mary talking about her mother’s experience appeared on only.) Here’s the link to the page:

Caroline Bonnell Jones’ home in Shaker Heights

We also stopped at the church that Caroline and her husband and family attended, Church of the Covenant on Euclid Avenue in Cleveland. Caroline’s funeral service was also held here.

Church of the Covenant, Cleveland

Burton Monument, Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland

Theodore Burton grave, Lake View Cemetery

Another stop was Lake View Cemetery, where many famous Cleveland people are buried. Among them is Sen. Theodore E. Burton, who was a member of the Senate subcommittee that conducted the American inquiry into the Titanic disaster. His monument and gravestone are across the road from the more famous Garfield Monument.

Our Cleveland tour culminated with placing a wreath at the Ohio Titanic Memorial behind the Great Lakes Science Center. Denise and John had ordered and picked up the wreath. As we placed the wreath and paused to take a few pictures it started to rain so we didn’t linger too long.

You can see more photos of flowers placed at the memorial in previous years here:

Mary Ann at Ohio Titanic Memorial, Cleveland

By then it was lunchtime so we headed west to The Harp Irish restaurant and appropriately toasted the day with a bit of Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Bass ale (Bass was on board Titanic and I feel sure Bushmills was as well).

At Denise and John’s place after lunch we looked over some new Titanic books and then headed south to meet other friends Christina and Roman & Suzanne to attend a performance of the Titanic musical at the Akron Civic Theatre.

We went to the Akron-Summit County Public Library first as there was a display about the Akron-bound passengers. However, when we got there we were told the display had been moved to the theater to coincide with the musical’s performance. Since we then had some free time before the musical started, and the cemeteries where some of the Akron-bound passengers were buried weren’t too far away, we stopped there. I had never seen them in person.

Elizabeth Hocking grave

Ellen Wilkes grave

Joan Wells’ gravestone

I’d seen the Broadway touring company of the musical in Cleveland in 2000 and a few years later put on by a local theater group in Canton. So it had been quite a few years and to see the play again on the 100th anniversary of the Titanic was definitely an unusual experience. This performance was a bit different in that the Akron Symphony Orchestra was onstage, not in the pit, and the sets and props were minimal as the actors moved around the orchestra. Still, the wonderful songs carried the show. The music is soaring and sweeping with an epic quality. If there’s any music that can match the score of James Cameron’s film, this is it. The cast did a great job, and I noted in the program that the actor who played Thomas Andrews, Baldwin-Wallace College student James Penca, is a Titanic buff. He said it was a special experience to play the ship’s designer on the 100th anniversary. I hope James discovers our local group of Titanic buffs (Great Lakes Titanic Society; see the link on the Links page) and meets up with us sometime.

Akron Civic Theatre marquee for Titanic musical

The next day, Sunday, April 15, I went to see the 3-D version of James Cameron’s Titanic. It was amazing. The 3-D was seamless and not at all distracting as it has been with a couple of other 3-D films I’ve seen. It was like you were IN the film. The scenes of exploring the wreck were so lifelike it seemed like you were diving the wreck yourself – certainly as close as I’ll ever get to actually doing so!

All in all, a Titanic weekend to remember …  Mary Ann