Marine museum offers Titanic presentation Nov. 4


George DeMass, chaplain of the Titanic Historical Society, has been an integral part of the H. Lee White Marine Museum’s special 2012 programming, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic. He is seen here with young Titanic buffs Nick Oullette and Keith Allen at the museum’s gala. Chaplain DeMass will be speaking at the museum Sunday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum on West First Street Pier in Oswego will host George DeMass, chaplain to the Titanic Historical Society, for a lecture titled “Titanic: Her Story Lives On.”

It is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Museum. An admission will be charged for the program.

DeMass said the discussion will focus on why Titanic has captivated the public for a century and what will sustain that interest for the next century. “People are always fascinated by things that should never happen,” said DeMass. “We feel we don’t learn enough from the past.”

The speaker recently had the opportunity to interview a great-grandson of Isadore and Ida Straus, legendary victims of the tragedy. He plans to share this experience with those who attend the program, as well as briefly reviewing the national and local commemorative events of 2012, including those he participated in.

This discussion will cap off the Museum’s year-long activities surrounding the anniversary. A temporary exhibit called “Titanic: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary,” which includes pieces of DeMass’ personal collection, will be closing after the presentation.

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