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Hudson Cable TV program on the Titanic

September 11, 2015

Earlier in the summer I took part in a television program taping for Hudson Cable TV, “A Discussion of the Titanic,” with fellow Ohioan and Titanic author Tad Fitch, moderated by Joe Hoffman, coordinator of the History Book Club, which meets monthly at The Learned Owl Bookstore in Hudson, Ohio. Tad and I did a Titanic discussion for the book club in 2014. One of the attendees, Terry Williams, thought an expanded discussion would make a good program for the Hudson channel, so she arranged the taping. This is the third event that Tad, Joe and I have done together on the Titanic. Joe is a great moderator and discussion leader, and Tad did a fantastic job of discussing some of the major issues involving the disaster. I stuck to the Ohio connections, discussing the passengers who were headed to Summit County (Akron) and other connections the area that includes Hudson has to the Titanic.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of the program that Tad posted (thanks, Tad, for all your hard work in figuring out how to convert the program!).

— Mary Ann

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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.

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=

 

Program in Westlake, Ohio

November 12, 2013


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Despite a day that started out rainy, a group of about 30 people came to the Westlake community services building to hear a program about Ohio and the Titanic. Several people came up afterward to chat and buy books.

On Oct. 16, 2013, I did a presentation on Ohio’s Titanic connections as part of the city of Westlake’s adult services programs. Westlake’s very nice, spacious and modern community services building was the site. I’m told there are programs going on daily  there, some geared toward the “Fifty Plus” residents. That was the group I spoke to.  Had a nice crowd of around 30 people and they were very interested and asked lots of pertinent questions about Northeast Ohio’s links to the Titanic story as well as general questions about the famous ship.  

— Mary Ann

Willoughby-Eastlake library Author Expo

September 25, 2013

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Mary Ann signing a book during the Author Expo.

It was cool to meet weather guru Dick Goddard and chat with him. Here he is goofing around giving an endorsement to Ohio Tales of the Titanic!

It was cool to meet weather guru Dick Goddard and chat with him. Here he is goofing around giving an endorsement to Ohio Tales of the Titanic!

I took part in the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library’s first (hope it will be annual!) Author Expo on Sept. 21, at the Willoughby Hills (Ohio) Community Center, where 30 local authors displayed, signed and sold their books. Gale Lippucci and her crew did a great job in organizing this event. There were spacious tables for each author, nearby restrooms, punch and cookies available in the large meeting room, and the authors were invited to partake of a pizza and pasta lunch, served downstairs. The community center is a great facility for hosting events. The event must have been widely promoted as a crowd of people filtered in and out throughout the day.  I was pleased with the sales. There were a number of “big name” local authors at the event, like Dick Goddard and Les Roberts, as well as those of us whose books are smaller and appeal to a narrower audience — still there was a lot of interest with people coming up to ask questions and chat.

— Mary Ann Whitley

Author Alley event in Larchmere

July 18, 2013

Author Alley book signing

I took part in Loganberry Books‘ Author Alley event on July 6, in the Larchmere area of Shaker Heights, Ohio. It was held during the Larchmere street fair, and lots of folks were out strolling the streets and checking out all the arts, crafts, food and the books at Author Alley. A very nice, friendly event, and the Loganberry folks sure took good care of us authors on a hot, humid day. They offered us light refreshments, water and other beverages,  and came around twice with popsicles and ice cream bars! It was interesting to meet other authors and hear how they got their books published, and chat with the many people passing through who obviously love books. Thanks, Loganberry, for hosting this event!

— Mary Ann

Book signing at Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

June 13, 2013
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I signed books on June 8 in the museum in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The gift shop there has an extensive array of Titanic books.

I was invited to do a book signing the weekend of June 8-9 at the Titanic museum in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The museum has been carrying our book since March as it gets a number of visitors from the Midwest. This museum, and its companion in Branson, Mo., features artifacts and memorabilia about the Titanic loaned from personal collections along with re-creations of areas on the ship, such as the grand staircase, first-class stateroom and the bridge. A highlight of the exhibit while I was there was the temporary display of the long-lost Wallace Hartley violin. It will go on to the Branson location after leaving Pigeon Forge before being auctioned in October. The violin, in its case, was found strapped to Hartley’s body when it was recovered after the disaster. He was one of the musicians who played on deck as the ship went down. The band was reported by many to have played “Nearer My God, to Thee.” The violin was sent back to his fiancee in England and remained with her descendants over the years until one of them contacted the Aldridge auction house in England. It took seven years for experts to authenticate the violin. It bears a metal plate stating, “For Wallace On the occasion of our engagement From Maria.” To read more about it, check out the press release  on the home page of the museum. Other highlights that are part of the permanent collection are the Father Browne photos (he was a priest and amateur photographer who got on board at Southampton and got off in Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, taking with him the only images of the maiden voyage).There is also a gallery on the James Cameron film, with several actual costumes from the movie on display. Here are a few photos of the exterior of the museum (no photos allowed inside).  — Mary Ann

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The ticket office and gift shop entrances are in a replica of a White Star Line building.

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Looking straight on at the bow of Titanic as the ship appears to be heading right for you. The fatal iceberg is on the left and the White Star Line building is on the right. That’s real water and spray from the bow.

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Looking up at the replica of the ship from this vantage point almost makes you feel like you are dockside in Southampton waiting to get on board.

 

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):

http://www.glts.org/scrapbook/

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:

http://www.glts.org/scrapbook/memorial/

and the memorial dedication:

http://www.glts.org/scrapbook/dedication/

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

http://www.glts.org/memorials/glts/

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.

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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