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Library program tells Titanic survivor’s tale

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:19 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 10:34 a.m. CST
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Leslie Goddard as Violet Jessop

GENOA – Stewardess Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic, and, several years later, the sinking of the Britannic – the Titanic’s nearly identical sister ship. More than a century later, Genoa Public Library welcomes Leslie Goddard in a portrayal of Jessop’s remarkable life.

The free program will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11. To accommodate the largest possible audience, this program will be held in the Resource Bank Community Room in Genoa, on Route 23 across from Ace Hardware.

Throughout the performance, Goddard remains in character as Jessop. Clever and articulate, she tells unforgettable stories of the tragedies from the compelling viewpoint of a crew member. The audience will also get a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of the most glamorous luxury liner of the day.

Goddard holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in American studies. She is a full-time historical presenter, former museum director, educator and author of two books on Chicago history. Her first-person portrayals include Abigail Adams, Clara Barton, Jacqueline Kennedy and many others.

The presentation is part of the library’s summer reading program. Summer reading events are open to the entire community. The library will hold another event at Resource Bank on Thursday, July 18, titled “Route 66 on One Tank of Gas.”

For more information, call 815-784-2627 or find the Genoa Public Library on Facebook.

Titanic Survivor

6:30 p.m. July 11

Resource Bank Community Room, Genoa

A free performance by a history re-enactor telling the story of a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.

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