Itís been over 100 years since the Titanic sunk off the coast of Atlantic Canada. Now, a new society has been established in Halifax to help preserve the shipís history and memories.†
"The Titanic itself is disappearing and crumbling, so we donít want the information to crumble too," says Halifax resident Warren Ervine.†
After commemorating 100 years since the ship's sinking last April, organizers of the†Titanic†Society of Atlantic Canada felt a need to establish a group that could meet on a regular basis.†
"We wanted to continue paying the message forward, the information forward to educate the public because we want to keep the history alive and keep it going," says Deanna Ryan-Meister, President of the Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada.
Hildur Panula-Heinonen was one the 55 people who attended Sunday's meeting.
She brought a photo of relatives who were aboard the Titanic when it sunk.†
ďWe donít want to forget what happened," she said. "Yeah she sank a long time ago, but I think itís important that we do, we never forget what happened."†
Other attendees like Warren Ervine were eager to share stories and learn more about the ship's local history.
ďMy uncle, Albert Ervine, was an electrical engineer on the Titanic and he was responsible for keeping the lights on. As they say, when the ship went down, the lights were on, so he did his job....Iím just getting more and more information about our family and genealogy about him, my dadís big brother.Ē
The society has just recently been established and meetings will be open to anyone who wants to attend.
"Weíre going to meet six times a year to educate the public and get some younger people involved, just kind of let it live on because itís been 100 years now for Halifax and itíd be nice to go another 100 years," adds David Leblanc, treasurer for the society.