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Titanic Discoveries: A Niece’s Journey

April 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In-Person Talk! The Brothers Peracchio Aboard the RMS Titanic


Jefferson Market Library

425 6th Avenue

New York, NY 10011

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On April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg at 11:35 pm; within a few hours, it sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland, taking 1,496 lives. Two of the victims were author Angelica Harris’ uncles-in-law, Alberto and Sebastiano Peracchio, who were waiters in one of the ship’s restaurants. Harris will lecture on her recent book, Titanic: The Brothers Peracchio–Two Boys and a Dream, the result of 40 years of research and a labor of love. She will discuss her archival discoveries and far-flung travels and will report on a recently uncovered secret: a twin of the Titanic’s Steinway piano, which traveled on a sister ship, the Olympic. Long believed lost after the Olympic’s retirement in 1935, the Steinway surfaced last year at a piano store in Britain. Lecturing with Ms. Harris will be Christopher Mulholland, an expert on the Olympic and Titanic who is a cofounder of the RMS Olympic Steinway Association, which plans to save the piano.

Angela-Filomena LoCascio, aka Angelica Harris, is a recent honors graduate of Fordham University, with a bachelor’s degree in social justice, feminist theory, and writing for publication and journalism. In addition to writing Titanic: The Brothers Peracchio: Two Boys and a Dream, she serves on the boards of three organizations dedicated to the legacy of the Titanic, including the Friends of the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse. Scholar Christopher Mulholland has researched his family’s service on ocean liners and created hand-drawn blueprints for the Olympic and Titanic.

📷 Alberto and Sebastiano Peracchio, c. 1912. Angelica Harris.

📷 The Titanic, 1911. Library of Congress.

📷 The Veranda Cafe and Palm Court of the Titanic, 1912. Library of Congress.



April 17
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm