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Imagine yourself as a passenger on the 1936 maiden voyage aboard the legendary luxury liner RMS Queen Mary. Join us as we step back in time for a period afternoon tea and learn about the history, décor, legends and lore; the fashions and foods of the famous British luxury liner. Patronised by royalty, dignitaries including prime ministers and presidents, film stars, millionaire businessmen and everyday people, this Art Deco gem long held the record for the fastest transatlantic crossing and was beloved by generations of travellers.
During World War II, it was converted to a troop transport ship that contributed to Britain's ultimate victory over the Nazis. In addition to these triumphs, the ship, now in permanent dry dock in Long Beach, California, also endured its share of tragedies and is said to be haunted - we'll hear about some of the Queen Mary's most famous resident ghosts!
The History: Kim Szczypinski, of Duquesne University's Center for Global Engagement and leader of Britsburgh's History Society, will give a historic presentation about the ship.
The Ghosts: Thomas White, University Archivist and Curator of Special Collections at Duquesne University and author of the books "Supernatural Lore of Pennsylvania: Ghosts, Monsters and Miracles" (2014) and "Ghosts of Southwestern Pennsylvania" (2010) will explore the legends and lore regarding the Queen Mary's resident spectral passengers.
The Memories: Sharon Battle, owner of Sharon Battle Travel, will recall her experiences as a passenger on board the Queen Mary, when she crossed as child when her mother, a British war-bride, decided to return to England following the death of her American husband.
The Fashion: Deborah Popp Gilbert, Vice President of the Elizabeth Township Historical Society and Britsburgh member will lead a slide presentation on the designer fashions of the era sported by royalty, film stars and others during the ship's heyday. Debbie draws on the Society's vintage clothing collection to inform her presentation and will bring several of these antique outfits on mannequins for display during the program.
The Afternoon Tea: featuring pastries and food drawn from recipes actually served on board the RMS Queen Mary.
2:30 p.m.: RMS Queen Mary-inspired Afternoon Tea
3:10 p.m.: Presentation with slides on the history, décor, legends and lore of RMS Queen Mary by Kim Szczypinski
3:30 p.m.: Ghostly legends and lore of the Queen Mary presented by Thomas White
3:45 p.m.: Recollections of travelling on the Queen Mary by Sharon Battle
4:00 p.m.: Golden Age of Travel fashion presentation with slides and commentary by Deborah Popp Gilbert
For more information on this event, contact Kim Szczypinski of Britsburgh's History Society at email@example.com.
Explore fascinating British-themed topics with the guidance of experts and enjoy the company and conversation of fellow enthusiasts as a member of one of Britsburgh Societies: Britsburgh Arts Society, the Britsburgh Beer Society, the Britsburgh History Society, the Britsburgh Literary Society and the Britsburgh Tea Society. If you are not already a member, we would like to invite you to consider becoming a Britsburgh Society member.
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