MOUNT VERNON — The 2011 Chautauqua Series continues Thursday with the appearance of the most famous survivor of the luxury liner RMS Titanic.
Since its fatal collision with an iceberg on its maiden voyage, the RMS Titanic has fascinated people all over the world and Molly Brown in particular has gripped the imagination of millions with her story of the tragic event.
Elixir and the Ohio Humanities Council present a first person living history portrayal of Molly Brown by Sally Whiston, making her first Mount Vernon appearance.
Opening the program is the musical trio, Elixir, who will play music to set the mood and will no doubt have a few tricks up their musical sleeve.
Margaret Brown became famous due to her involvement with the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, after exhorting the crew of Lifeboat No. 6 to return to look for survivors. She became known after her death as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” although she was not called Molly during her life. Her friends called her Maggie.
Margaret was a first-class passenger on the RMS Titanic. On April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg, she helped others board the lifeboats but was finally convinced to leave the ship in Lifeboat No. 6. Molly Brown helped in the ship’s evacuation, taking an oar herself in her lifeboat and protesting for the lifeboat to go back to try and save more people.
This was met with strong opposition from Quartermaster Robert Hichens, the crewman in charge of Lifeboat No. 6, who believed that nobody would be saved by going back, as the boat would be pulled down by the ship’s suction or by the force of everyone scrambling to get aboard. Sources vary as to whether the boat did go back and if they found anyone alive when they did. Some reports say that survivors were found.
Her fame as a well-known Titanic survivor helped her promote the issues she felt strongly about — the rights of workers, feminism, education and literacy for children, and historic preservation.
The program is presented on a donation basis at ThePlace@TheWoodward, 111 S. Main St. in downtown Mount Vernon on Thursday, March 31. Doors open at 6 p.m.; program starts at 7. For more information on this and upcoming shows visit www.elixirpresents.com, www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 392-6102 or 392-3018.
Published on March 28, 2011