Hickory – The story of the sinking of the Titanic will be told on September 13 by Professor Melinda Ratchford at the monthly meeting of Newcomers of Catawba Valley.

Dr. Ratchford has studied the Titanic for more than 50 years.  She has visited Belfast, where the ship was built, and Southampton, where it sailed 105 years ago, as well as Nova Scotia, where many bodies were buried and the North Atlantic site where the ship sank.

An Associate Professor at Belmont Abbey College, Dr. Ratchford has made her presentation on the Titanic more than 240 times. She will speak at 10:30am on September 13 at the Hickory Regional Airport, 3101 9th Ave. Drive NW, in the terminal building.  The public is invited and welcome to attend the Newcomers meeting and the presentation.

Melinda RatchfordThis project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Newcomers of Catawba Valley is primarily a social organization that enables new and long-time residents of the region to meet, make friends and participate in a variety of activities, including support of area charities and service programs.

The club is made up of men and women and does not limit how long a member may belong.  Monthly general meetings are usually held at the Hickory Regional Airport at 10:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.  Variations in that schedule as well as the calendar of activities and special events are posted on the group’s website.

For more information, visit www.newcomersofcv.com.

Dr. Melinda Ratchford