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Titanic expert comes to Price to speak

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Mark Lach, an well know expert on the Titanic will speak at CEU on Thursday.

Mark Lach, recognized around the world for his work with RMS Titanic, Inc., will be in Price on Thursday, October 21 to make a free community presentation about "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition." This event is sponsored by the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah and is free and open to the public.

On October 21, at 7 p.m., Mr. Lach will be presenting in the Alumni Room in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center on the College of Eastern Utah campus. Mr. Lach, will be talking about the real artifacts and stories of those individuals who boarded the ship that night in April of 1912 and will bring with him several artifacts to show.

During the day, Mr. Lach will be talking to school children at Mont Harmon Junior High School at 10 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. at Helper Junior High School.

These presentations are also open to the public.

Recently returned from an artifact dive to the Titanic wreck site, Mr. Lach is expected to have artifacts on hand from the ship, part of the ongoing "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," running through January in Salt Lake City.

He'll be taking audience questions as well as relating some of his own experiences and observations at both the school and community presentations.

RMS Titanic, Inc. is the entity that has been granted salvor-in-possession rights to the wreck of the Titanic. The Titanic exhibition has been in more than 50 cities and attracted more than 14 million visitors around the world.

Since its Memorial Day weekend opening in Salt Lake City, it has attracted thousands of Wasatch Front residents and visitors to the state.

In the summer of 2000 and again this fall, Mr. Lach has been on recovery expeditions to Titanic's wreck site. Four years ago, he lived and worked aboard the Russian vessel, Keldycsh, and dove to the wreck of the Titanic in the submersible Mir 1.

"Traveling 2-1/2 miles to the ocean floor, and seeing Titanic face to face was the adventure of my life," Mr. Lach said. "While looking at the [Titanic] through the Mir's tiny porthole, I felt a powerful connection to everyone involved in her construction, sailing, and loss."

Presented by the Utah Museum of Natural History, "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition," is on view at the Utah Museum of Natural History Annex located in the ZCMI Center in downtown Salt Lake City (36 South State) until Jan. 8, 2005.

Hundreds of artifacts recovered from the wreck site are on display at the 15,000-square-foot exhibit.

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