Past Event

Titanic Survivor Violet Jessop

A Road Scholar program by Leslie Goddard

Few survivors of the HMHS Britannic sinking in 1916 emerged with a toothbrush, but Violet Jessop had hers, remembering what she had missed after surviving the sinking of the Titanic (the Britannic’s virtually identical sister ship) four years earlier. The only person to survive both sinkings, Jessop gives eyewitness accounts of the terrifying disasters and shares stories about life as an ocean liner stewardess. Clever and articulate, Jessop not only tells unforgettable stories of the tragedies from the striking viewpoint of a crew member but also gives a fascinating glimpse at life behind the scenes on the most glamorous luxury liners of their day.

Leslie Goddardis currently an independent scholar and educator at the Evanston Historical Society. She earned her PhD from Northwestern University in an interdisciplinary field of study that covered US history, women’s studies, and theater. An award winning scholar, Goddard also has extensive experience in public programs which includes lectures at Chicago area museums and historical societies, civic organizations, schools, and retirement homes

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