Author Julie Williams to Speak about Her Great-Aunt and Uncle’s Survival of the Titanic

As the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic approaches, author, Julie Hedgepeth Williams, will give a public talk Wednesday, March 7, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 205 in Gorgas Library about the saga of one couple who survived – her great-aunt and uncle, Sylvia and Albert Caldwell.

Williams’ book, A Rare Titanic Family:  The Caldwells’ Story of Survival details for the first time the lucky rescue of Albert, Sylvia, and their 10-month old son, Alden, aboard Lifeboat 13.  The trip was only one part of a bigger nightmare.  The Caldwells had been Presbyterian missionaries in Bangkok, Siam, but fled in what they described as a desperate journey around the world to save Sylvia’s health.  Fellow missionaries, however, believed that the couple had plotted to renege on their contract at financial loss to the church.

Williams was so inspired by her great-aunt and uncle’s story that she majored in history and English at Principia College, and eventually got a Master’s and a PhD at the University of Alabama.  She currently teaches journalism part-time at Samford University in Birmingham.

Join us for the lecture, book-signing and refreshments.  Free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by:  The Tolbert Lecture Series, University Libraries, and the Alabama Center for the Book

Click here for more information.

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