Shortly before midnight on April 14, 1912 the “unsinkable” Titanic brushed an iceberg in the frigid North Atlantic. Roughly 2 1/2 hours later over 1,500 passengers were lost and the 45,500 ton pride of the White Star Line was lying 3 miles below the Atlantic’s surface.
The story of Titanic, the ship, the people, the stories, have enthralled people around the world. I have been a Chicago history buff for my entire life and after I had published an article about Ida Hippach (one of the Chicago survivors) I was contacted by an amazing woman by the name of Denise D. Vanaria. She has been a Titanic enthusiast and historian for the better part of her life and has traveled around the country giving dramatic presentations as Helen (Mrs. Thomas) Andrews. Mrs. Andrews was the widow of Thomas Andrews, one of the chief designers of Titanic who perished with the entire guarantee group of Harland and Wolff on April 15, 1912.
Being history buffs we became fast friends and was honored when she invited me to assist in her Chicago area presentations and tell the stories of the various Chicago connections to the great ship.
I am currently publishing a series of articles on ChicagoNow about the Chicago Connections to the Titanic
Her final performance in the Chicago area will be at the Black Road Branch of the Joliet Public Library on April 14, 2012 where over 3,000 attendees are expected. Bruce Beveridge, a local author and world renowned expert on the inner workings of the ship as well as local artist and musician, Sylvia Storonowicz will also be presenting.
I have posted a list of dates, times and locations on my website here