Annual Membership Meeting

photo Franklin street looking north by Watkins NY

John Pulos, author of a recently published book about his fascination with the RMS Titanic, will be the featured speaker at the Historical Society’s annual membership meeting. Pulos will speak following a brief business session and the election of officers and trustees to the Society’s board.

  • Saturday, April 29
  • Clute Park Event Center in Watkins Glen
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • Pre-registration is required by emailing or calling the Historical Society at 607-535-9741.

Historical Society membership is not necessary to attend the gathering.
An admission fee of $10 per person will be charged to cover the cost of refreshments, which will include at least one item created from an authentic recipe used on the Titanic.

Pulos, a native of Montour Falls, is the former owner of Chef’s Diner, located on Route 14 between Montour Falls and Watkins Glen. His interest in the history of the historic ship and its sinking led to a decade of annual dinners based on Titanic menus. In “Titanic: My Story,” Pulos weaves together anecdotes about the ship and its passengers, highlighting surprising links to residents of the Finger Lakes region, including Watkins Glen. Pulos also describes the glorious meals served onboard Titanic during its six-day journey. In addition to describing the extensive preparations for the tribute dinners at Chef’s Diner, Pulos’ book includes recipes to give readers the opportunity to re-create their own Titanic feasts. The Historical Society partnered with Pulos in 2012 to present of a series of events marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The events included a gala at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel.

Elizabeth Barrett Rothschild of Watkins Glen was a survivor of the April 15, 1912, Titanic tragedy. Her husband, Martin, was among the 1,500 people who died. Elizabeth had a mausoleum built in St. Mary’s Cemetery in memory of Martin.

Pulos’ book, “Titanic: My Story,” can be purchased in the Brick Tavern Museum Gift Shop or via the Historical Society online bookstore. The book also will be available to buy at the April 29 event.

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