GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – The story of the Titanic is well-known. The maiden voyage of the famed “unsinkable” ship ended in disaster in April 1912 when it struck an iceberg and sank. Of the over 2,200 passengers onboard, including many of the world’s wealthiest, only 705 people survived.
“But did you know that Michigan has several connections to the disaster?” asks historian Jay Follis.
Mr. Follis will be the special guest lecturer on Thursday, April 16 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Loutit District Library, presenting his engaging and informative program “Titanic: West Michigan Connections.”
“More than 60 passengers aboard the doomed liner were from Michigan or heading to our state,” he explains. These included the ultra-wealthy who booked 1st Class accommodations to those in 3rd Class immigrating to the state. Each had their own dreams and aspirations.
And each, according to Follis, “has their own fascinating stories.”