Cazenovia To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, Cheryl Pula — librarian, historian and author — will present “Night to Remember: The R.M.S. Titanic” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room.
Pula’s presentation traces the history of the ill-fated ocean liner from its inception in 1907 through its construction and launch. Called the “Ship of Dreams” and the “Millionaire’s Special,” Titanic was the most luxurious commercial liner built to that time.
Contrary to popular belief, the Titanic was not built for speed, but for comfort. When it departed Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, for its maiden voyage, it carried some of the most famous people of the era, including millionaires John Jacob Astor, Benjamin Guggenheim, Isador Strauss and George Widener.
Also aboard was British newspaper owner William Stead, who had been told by a fortune teller not to take any ocean voyages in the month of April.
Unfortunately for him, he was on the Titanic on April 14, 1912, when it struck an iceberg and sank off the Grand Banks in the Atlantic Ocean, taking over 1,520 souls to a watery grave.
Pula is a native of New York Mills and a retired reference librarian, though she still works part-time at the New York Mills Public Library. She is known around the Central New York area for her lectures (more than 89 to date) on unsolved historical mysteries from the American Civil War, World War II and the Titanic, among others.
Pula is also the author of “Ethnic Utica,” a book on Irish immigrants to the Utica area, co-author of “With Courage and Honor,” a book on the Civil War regiments from Oneida County, and contributing author for “The Polish-American Encyclopedia.” Additionally, she is the author of a novel, “The Children’s Crusade,” about the Eighth Air Force bomber crews in World War II England. Her second book in this series, titled “The Ragged Irregulars,” is due out this spring.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library with funds from the Amos Family Foundation, this presentation is free and open to the public.
Don’t forget: free transportation through CRIS-CAT is provided for Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson residents over 55 and ambulatory. Call 655-0612 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., three to five days in advance.
In addition to “Night to Remember: The R.M.S. Titanic,” visitors to the library are also invited to enjoy the Titanic display in the front lobby.
For more information, call the library at 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.