Genoa Public Library to host portrayal of a Titanic survivor

Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

Stewardess Violet Jessop survived the sinking of the Titanic, and then, several years later, the sinking of the Britannic – the Titanic’s nearly identical sister ship. More than a century later, Genoa Public Library welcomes Leslie Goddard as she portrays Ms. Jessop’s remarkable life.

The free program takes place at 6:30 p.m. July 11. To accommodate the largest possible audience, the program will be held at the Resource Bank Community Room, Route 23 in Genoa.

Throughout the performance, Goddard remains in character as Violet Jessop. Clever and articulate, she tells unforgettable stories of the tragedies from the compelling viewpoint of a crew member. The audience also will get a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse of the most glamorous luxury liner of the day.

Ms. Goddard holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in American studies. She is a full-time historical presenter, former museum director, educator and author of two books on Chicago history. Her first-person portrayals include Abigail Adams, Clara Barton, Jacqueline Kennedy and many others.

Genoa Public Library welcomes Goddard as part of its “Have Book Will Travel” summer reading theme. Events are open to the entire community, including another program at Resource Bank the following week titled “Route 66 On One Tank of Gas,” which will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 18.

Visit the library’s Facebook page for event updates or call 815-784-2627.

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