1. The Hillsborough Public Library in Hillsborough,NJ is having a Titanic presentation on 12 Jan 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Robert Martorana, who has appeared on History’s Detectives and Charles Haas (Titanic Historical Society) will be present along with Titanic artifacts. You must register to attend. For information, go to Somerset County Library website.
Source:Hillsborough Patch, Library Program To Feature Titanic Artifacts, 2 Jan 2013
2. Matthew Lawson, writing for Dallas Observer, reviews the Titanic exhibition in Fort Worth. He writes: “The Titanic Artifact Exhibit is a beautifully done history lesson that will leave the museum goers breathless. It is an impactful and diverse recount of one the largest seaward disasters ever to occur in the modern world. The whole experience lasts comfortably under two hours, and is well worth the admission price.”
Source: Dallas Observer (Blog), At The Titanic Exhibit In Fort Worth, Everything You Need To Know Without The Celine Dion, 2 Jan 2013
Events in Greece and in the Gulf of Mexico likely overshadowed the story of a Titanic victim. Her name was Kate Buckley who was aboard Titanic sailing to a new life in America. She was coming over to work as a domestic with a ticket paid for by her sister Margaret. Originally she was set to sail on Cymeric for Boston but the coal strike changed that. Instead she was transferred to Titanic and perished when it sank in 1912. Her family, opposed to her going, blamed Margaret (her half sister) for her death. It caused a family rift that was never healed. Kate’s body was found by the Mackay-Bennett and brought back for burial, the only third class passenger to have this done. Her sister requested she be buried in Boston; she was buried in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in West Roxbury in an unmarked grave.
And there the grave remained unknown to anyone until Bob Bracken of the Titanic Historical Society found it. He was shocked there was no headstone and contacted a local monument company, Thomas Carrigg and Sons, to have one made. The likely reason no headstone was ever put up was lack of money. Carrigg according to news accounts often gets requests to make headstones for relatives buried long ago with no headstone. The recent ceremony had nearly one hundred people in attendance. Two of her grandnieces unveiled the monument and roses were placed on the grave by her descendants. Descendants of Margaret and of the Irish family were present. Also present was Irish Consul General Michael Lonergan, Una Reilly chairwoman of the Belfast Titanic Society, along with Bob Bracken and Charles Haas of Titanic International Society.
“I think commemorating Kate Buckley’s death is symbolic of all of the Irish immigrants who sought to come to the United States,’’ said Boston’s Irish consul general Michael Lonergan. “It’s very appropriate that it’s here in Boston.’’
Amen to that.
thebostonchannel.com, Titanic’s ‘Kate’ Found Buried In Boston, 7 May 2010
WBZ, Titanic Victim Gets Headstone In West Roxbury, 19 May 2010
Irish Central, Titanic Survivor Remembered And Family Feud Healed, 24 May 2010