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Marine Museum Offers Stories From Titanic

OSWEGO, NY – The H. Lee White Marine Museum is pleased to welcome. George DeMass, chaplain to the Titanic Historical Society, as he presents “Titanic: 100 Years Later: A Personal Perspective,” reflecting on his experiences as chaplain of the Titanic Historical Society.

The presentation will take place Oct. 23 from 3 – 4:30 p. m. at the museum and is part of a new, temporary exhibit called “Titanic: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary.”

Pictured are Millvina Dean, the youngest and last survivor of the Titanic disaster and George DeMass, chaplain of the Titanic Historical Society at her home in Southampton, England.
Pictured are Millvina Dean, the youngest and last survivor of the Titanic disaster and George DeMass, chaplain of the Titanic Historical Society at her home in Southampton, England.

The exhibit, which includes pieces of DeMass’ personal collection, will run Oct. 15 through Nov. 15.

DeMass spent time developing close ties to a number of survivors and the families of those who perished with the ship.

During his presentation, he will speak about their personal stories.

“They are all gone now, Titanic passengers and crew,” said DeMass. “They are all gone. But Titanic story and their stories live on. They are fascinating people from all different classes. Their stories are just as much alive today as they were then.”

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.

“We are fortunate to have someone locally with a connection to the Titanic survivors and their families. Serving as the chaplain of the society has allowed George to reveal to us the human side to this tragedy,” noted Mercedes Niess, H. Lee White Marine Museum executive director.

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 p.m., will also be on exhibit courtesy of Robert Porter, his son, of Auburn.

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 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,” will be held April 14, 2012, at The American Foundry.

Contact the museum office at (315) 342-0480 for more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or visit us on Facebook.