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MEET THE AUTHOR: "Disaster On Lake Erie" Author at the Historical Society
MEET THE AUTHOR: "Disaster On Lake Erie" Author at the Historical Society

Author Alvin F. Oickle ("Disaster on the Potomac," "Disaster at Dawn") will be at the Buffalo and Erie Counyt Historical Society on May 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. to sign copies of his new book. The author conducted some of his research for the book at the Historical Society. The new publication, "Disaster on Lake Erie: The 1841 Wreck of the Steamship Erie" (History Press) will be available at the Historical Society's Museum Shop, and the author will be here to sign copies.

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 oceanlike lake.”

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

WHO: Alvin F. Oickle, author of historic tales (“Disaster on the Potomac,” “Disaster in Lawrence,” “Disaster at Dawn”)

WHAT: “Disaster on Lake Erie: The 1841 Wreck of the Steamship Erie” (The History Press, 2011) www.historypress.net

WHERE: Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 25 Nottingham Court, corner of Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY

INFORMATION: buffalohistory.org, (716) 873-9644

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