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Jan. 18, 2012

H. Lee White Marine Museum Shows 1953 "Titanic"' Movie

OSWEGO, N.Y. - Community members and lovers of all things Titanic are invited to view the 1953 classic movie "Titanic" on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Beacon Hotel, 75 West Bridge Street, Oswego.

The film was directed by Jean Negulesco and stars Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Wagner. It focuses on Julia and Richard Sturges, a couple on the verge of divorce, sailing first-class on the RMS Titanic. A box-office hit in its time, the film became a model for disaster movies.

Admission to the showing is free; however, tickets are required due to limited space. Tickets can be picked up in advance at the river's end bookstore on West Bridge Street or the H. Lee White Marine Museum on West First Street Pier. Popcorn and soda will be served.

"The Titanic Event Committee is grateful that the Beacon Hotel has agreed to host this community event," said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. "They have done a marvelous job restoring and renovating this early 1900s historic structure. I hope folks will take a moment to appreciate their efforts and consider mentioning the hotel to out-of-town visitors."

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic and February 2 has important significance as well. It would have been the 100th birthday of the last survivor, Elizabeth Gladys "Millvina" Dean, who was born in 1912.

According to Oswego Town Historian George DeMass, chaplain to the Titanic Historical Society, "Millvina was just nine weeks old when the Titanic sank on April 14, 1912. She was the youngest of the ship's survivors. Dean's mother and two-year-old brother also survived; however, her father, Bertram Dean, died in the sinking along with 1,500 other passengers and crew members. Only 705 people survived the disaster."

Millvina died on May 31, 2009 at the age of 97. It was the 98th anniversary of the ship's launch in Belfast, Ireland.

This film screening is part of a year-long commemoration of the sinking of Titanic. To find out more about this event and other related programs, contact the H. Lee White Marine Museum at (315) 342-0480 or visit their Web site at www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com.


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