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.
Though it happened one hundred years ago
it still seems as shocking as front page news,
the details of that tragedy
filling the ocean liner of our hearts
and carrying our compassion
down to the depths.
Maybe it was the way
rich died with poor –
their bodies wrapped in jewels
or in tatters –
mixing in those frigid waters.
Or maybe it was how wrong
even brilliant shipbuilders can be,
shocked to learn of their unsinkable promise
colliding with fate
But perhaps the greatest of ironies
is how it seemed her dream drowned that day
and was given up as lost –
yet in song, story and moving picture
she rises, again and again,
inviting those of us who believe in hope
to climb aboard.