OSWEGO – The H. Lee White Marine Museum on West First Street Pier in Oswego welcomes George DeMass, chaplain to the Titanic Historical Society, back for an encore presentation of his talk, “Titanic: 100 Years Later: A Personal Perspective.” This second lecture will again reflect on his experiences as chaplain of the Titanic Historical Society. It is scheduled for Sunday, November 13 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the museum.
“We had a record turnout for the first presentation, which was ‘standing-room-only,’ and unfortunately we had to turn some people away,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “Due to the overwhelming response we received and the tremendous interest people have in the history of the Titanic, George has agreed to return for another presentation.”
George DeMass spent time developing close ties to a number of survivors and the families of those who perished with the ship. He will speak about their personal experiences. Members of the audience are welcome to share their stories and memorabilia.
“They are all gone, but Titanic’s story and their stories live on. They are fascinating people from all different classes. Their stories are just as alive today as they were then,” said George DeMass.
DeMass will focus on the last survivor, Elizabeth Gladys “Millvina” Dean, Titanic orphans the Navertil brothers, and the Titanic Disaster Fund. He will also discuss several of the exhibit pieces.
Niess added, “People really connected with these stories and have their own to share. We are fortunate to have someone like George who brings them to life and felt that another opportunity for people to hear him was appropriate. We encourage people to call and reserve a seat as soon as possible.”
The temporary exhibit is called “Titanic: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary” and includes pieces of DeMass’ personal collection. The exhibit opened on Saturday, October 15, and continues through Tuesday, November 15, 2011.
In addition to objects from DeMass’ collection, a painting by artist Russell Porter, (1975) titled “Leaving the Coast of France, April 10, 1912, 9:30 pm,” will also be on display courtesy of the artist’s son Robert Porter, of Auburn, New York. Russell Porter’s work can be found at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A special admission price of $5 for adults and $3 for museum members and children will be charged for the duration of this exhibition and for DeMass’ presentation.
The presentation and exhibit are part of a series of activities and programs leading up to the museum’s premier fund-raising event and commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship, “A Titanic Affair,” which will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at The American Foundry in Oswego.
To reserve your space for the presentation or to learn more about this or upcoming events, contact the museum by phone at 315/342-0480, or online at their Web site www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or Facebook page.