OSWEGO, NY – The H. Lee White Marine Museum is pleased to unveil a new, temporary exhibit entitled “Titanic: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary.”
The exhibit will run Oct. 15, through Nov. 15.
The exhibit features artifacts from the collection of George DeMass, chaplain of the Titanic Historical Society.
DeMass spent time developing close ties to a number of survivors and the families of those who perished with the ship.
“They are all gone now, Titanic’s passengers and crew,” said DeMass. “They are all gone. But Titanic’s story and their story lives on. It has captured the attention and imagination of people all over the world. It’s not only a story of a great ship but the story of how individuals coped with their mortality and life’s values. I am pleased to share their stories with the public.”
One featured item is a limited edition print called Grace and Glory by Tom Freeman. It depicts the R. M. S. Titanic departing April 10, 1912 from South Hampton, England on her maiden voyage to the U.S.
Photos of the last survivor, Elizabeth Gladys “Millvina” Dean, are part of the exhibit as well.
Dean was only two months old when she was lowered into a lifeboat that fateful day. She died in 2009 at the age of 97.
In addition to photographs, several books and objects will pique visitors’ interests. One of the most interesting items is a fold-out book called The Wallchart of the Titanic by Tom McCluskie, which contains over-sized, pullout deck plans more than 15 feet long, a timeline, lifeboat details, and photographs.
“We are honored to offer this collection for viewing within our community, although for only a short time. Mr. DeMass has a personal connection to the people who survived and is eager to share with us his knowledge, artifacts and stories of people affected by this monumental disaster,” noted Mercedes Niess, H. Lee White Marine Museum executive director.
DeMass will give a special presentation on Oct. 23, from 3 – 4:30 p. m.
A special admission price of $5 for adults and $3 for children will be charged for the duration of this exhibition.
This exhibit is part of a series of activities and programs leading up to the museum’s premier fundraising event and commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic: “A Titanic Affair,” to be held on April 14, 2012, at The American Foundry.
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