Titanic: The Connecticut Connections (NWL)

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When the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, there were 33 passengers onboard with Connecticut connections. This presentation focuses on the story of the ship itself as well as those passengers on it with interesting stories, especially those with Connecticut connections: the very sad story of James Kelly, the character assassination of William T. Sloper of New Britain, the moving and tragic story of Jane Carr of Windsor Locks and others.

Presenter Phil Devlin was raised in Windsor Locks, CT. His dad was a career military officer and veteran of WWII, as were 6 of his uncles, 1 aunt, and many of his neighbors, teachers, and coaches. His interest in the world wars of the 20th century grew naturally from these associations. His father, 3 uncles, and 3 brothers were all stationed at Bradley Field.

Since retirement, he has given over 100 Power-point presentations to historical societies, elderly homes, schools, and civic groups on a wide variety of topics that interest him. For 6 years he wrote popular weekly column for Patch.com called “This Week in Connecticut History.” He has edited the publication of 5 books and has written a popular biography entitled Carney: The Remarkable Life of Ettore F. Carniglia, M.D.

PARKING: There is ample library event parking in the nearby Isham Garage. Please bypass the garage kiosks and come directly to the Noah Webster Library Meeting Room, 20 South Main Street, where you may validate your parking with your license plate number.