Sunday, May 15, 2011



"Disaster on Lake Erie:
The 1841 Wreck of the Steamship Erie"

Meet author Alvin F. Oickle, when he joins us at the Historical Society on May
19, to sign copies of his new book on a historic Lake Erie disaster.

According to his publisher, Mr. Oickle's newest release from the imprint is an
exciting treatise on a historic happening:
"On August 9, 1841, the steamship Erie, one of the most elegant and fastest
sailing [such vessels] between Buffalo and Chicago, departed, carrying 343
passengers. Many were Swiss and German immigrants, planning to start new lives
in America's heartland-[and] most never made it. The Erie erupted in flames
during the night, and, despite the heroic efforts of the crew of the rescuing
ship Dewitt Clinton, 254 lives were lost. As news of this disaster spread,
internationally renowned artists and writers, including Horatio Alger Jr. and
possibly James Fenimore Cooper, wrote about 'John Maynard,' a fictitious, heroic
helmsman. Historian Alvin F. Oickle's minute-by-minute account weaves together
the tragedy of the immigrant families almost at journey's end, the legend of
John Maynard that developed in the aftermath, and the fury of a fire on an
ocean-like lake."

WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

INFORMATION:, (716) 873-9644

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