The Redwood is pleased to welcome back author René Silvin on Wednesday, September 7, who will discuss the history of the transatlantic travel during the nineteenth century and chronicle the real story of the ocean liner Normandie. When Normandie made her inaugural entry in New York on June 3, 1935, it is estimated that two hundred thousand spectators lined both sides of the Hudson to welcome her. Silvin explains why most authorities consider the Normandie the ultimate luxury liner. Normandie was loved by glamorous and sophisticated actors, brilliant philosophers and playwrights, world leaders and politicians, business magnets from both sides of the Atlantic, and by many fortunate ordinary people. Silvin describes the perfect storm of accidents that took place while the rechristened Lafayette was being converted into a troop ship at the outbreak of the Second World War. Normandie’s untimely and futile death eliciting concerns that the new war had already reached American shores.
Wine and cheese reception at 5:30 pm, with the lecture to follow at 6:00 pm.
Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Please call 401-847-0295, ext. 112 to reserve a seat.