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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.

March & April 2014 programs in Mayfield Heights, Twinsburg and Akron

September 20, 2014

I’ll summarize here some of the programs of the last few months. I wanted to post these items earlier, but some health issues made it advisable for me to avoid doing too much work on the computer.

Members of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society braved a cold night to hear the stories of Ohioans on the Titanic.

Members of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society braved a cold night to hear the stories of Ohioans on the Titanic.

 

Members of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society took time to read the stories of some of the Ohio-bound passengers displayed on poster-size panels.

Members of the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society took time to read the stories of some of the Ohio passengers displayed on poster-size panels.

East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society

On March 3, I presented a program for the East Cuyahoga County Genealogical Society in Mayfield Heights. I tried to intertwine the stories of Northeast Ohio passengers on the Titanic with the kinds of issues and problems that genealogists face, such as finding sources, long-ago news coverage, interviewing descendants, etc. As I pointed out, Janet’s and my project on the Ohio connections to the Titanic was like one huge genealogy project as we delved into the backgrounds and family histories of 55 passengers. A very nice and interested crowd showed up on a frigid night to hear the personal stories of some of the Ohio-bound passengers and how Janet and I tracked down information on them.

Mary Jo Knuth, left, and her mother, Joann Knuth, lent a personal perspective to the program, talking about  their ancestor, Shaneene George, a Titanic survivor who was headed to Youngstown.

Mary Jo Knuth, left, and her mother, Joann Knuth, lent a personal perspective to the Twinsburg library program, talking about their ancestor, Shaneene George, a Titanic survivor who was headed to Youngstown.

Janet White displayed articles about Titanic survivor Shaneene George along with some Titanic replica china, blanket and other items.

Janet White displayed articles about Titanic survivor Shaneene George, along with some Titanic replica china, a blanket and other items, at the Twinsburg Public Library.

Twinsburg Public Library

On April 14 (the 102nd anniversary of the April 14/15 Titanic disaster), Janet and I presented a program at the library focusing on the Northeast Ohio people who were on board the ship. Joining us on this anniversary night were some special guests, Joann Knuth and Mary Jo Knuth, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of Youngstown-bound Titanic survivor Shaneene George. They were able to answer questions from the audience and give a personal perspective on the passengers, especially the third-class passengers like Shaneene. I’m sure those in attendance were thrilled to be able to meet descendants of a passenger traveling to Ohio.

Akron Woman’s City Club

On April 22, I presented a program on Ohio’s Titanic connections to the women in the organization’s book section, focusing on those passengers with connections to Akron. We met in the beautiful Titanic-era home that was originally the residence of George Bertram Work and later George M. Stadelman. The craftsmanship of the original section of  the home, built in 1901 (it had some additions since that time), and style of the interior certainly evoked the era I was talking about.  A most appropriate setting. The club has been using this home since 1946. Check out the house on the club’s site. Because the book section often invites authors and enjoys hearing about how their books came to be written, I shared some “war stories” about how Janet and I pulled together our research and managed to self-publish our book in time for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. The women were most interested and had some thoughtful questions about the writing process as well as Ohio and Akron’s ties to the Titanic.

—  Mary Ann

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.

Mary Ann & Titanic nav lamp 2002

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:

GLSC Titanic bio panels

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

Titanic and tea at Andover Public Library

September 23, 2012

Library Director Susan Hill, with an appropriate hat, serves tea before the Titanic talk.

Fancy teacups and lots of goodies await the guests.

Tea is served . . .

Janet White displays her collection of replicas of Titanic china for first class, second class and third class.

Mary Ann Whitley (left) and Janet White (right) sign a copy of their book Ohio Tales of the Titanic for one of the ladies who attended the talk.

Gazette Newspapers Editor Doris Cook, left, interviews Mary Jo Knuth and Joann Knuth, descendants of Titanic survivor Shaneene George, who was traveling to Youngstown.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, Janet White and Mary Ann Whitley presented a program on Ohio’s Titanic connections at the Andover Public Library in eastern Ohio. Andover is a small town near the Pennsylvania border. Susan Hill, director of the library, invited us, and also hosted (with the help of the Friends of the Library) a late morning tea. Tablecloths and vases of flowers set the mood for the group who attended, and two tables offered pretty flowered plates and teacups, teapots full of different types of tea, and plates of pastries, cookies and other goodies as well as little tea-party sandwiches. Everything was delicious! Some of the ladies who attended got into the spirit of the Titanic era by wearing hats.

Special guests on this day were two descendants of Titanic survivor Shaneene George, who was traveling to Youngstown. Shaneene’s granddaughter Joann Knuth and her great-granddaughter Mary Jo Knuth attended. The Knuths had brought with them their friends Lita and Raymond Kovacs, who also have an Ohio Titanic connection. Lita’s aunt’s sister was married to Paul Lundi, son of Titanic survivor Anna Turja, who was heading to Ashtabula.

We had a great time. Those attending seemed to enjoy the stories of Ohio people on board the ship and asked a number of questions.