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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Titanic Centennial Memorial - Springfield, Massachusetts

This coming Saturday, April 21st, the Titanic Historical Society of Indian Orchard, Massachusetts is dedicating a new memorial to two of the victims of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield is the site of the Titanic Centennial Memorial.

Two individuals from Springfield were lost in the tragedy: Milton C. Long, the only son of a former mayor of Springfield, who was 29 years old; and Jane Carr, who was an Irish-born domestic and cook, 47 years old. She had worked in Springfield, and at the Chicopee Falls Hotel. Long was a first-class passenger, and Carr was third class.

Milton Long’s body was recovered and is buried in Springfield Cemetery. It is unknown if Carr’s remains were ever recovered.

Edward S. Kamuda, president and founder of the Titanic Historical Society, began the organization and unique museum of artifacts after seeing the “Titanic” 1953 film at the Grand Theater in Indian Orchard. More on the museum here in this previous post. For a look at the 1953 film, visit yesterday’s Another Old Movie Blog post here.

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