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Titanic Expert Mark Lach to Lecture in Castle Dale

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Mark Lach will lecture on the Titanic at local schools and the museum, Friday, Oct. 22.

Mark Lach, recognized around the world for his work with RMS Titanic, Inc., will be in Castle Dale on Oct. 22, to make presentations titled Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition to school children and to make a public presentation, hosted by the Museum of the San Rafael. All events are free and open to the public.

Lach, whose work on behalf of the Titanic is recognized worldwide, will be speaking at Emery High School, 975 North Center Street in Castle Dale on Oct. 22 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Later that same day, at 7 p.m., Lach will be making a similar presentation at Museum of the San Rafael, 64 North 100 East.

Currently on an artifact dive to Titanic on behalf of RMS Titanic, Inc., 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 all Castle Dale 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, 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," 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.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster ( or 801-325-SEAT). Tickets are also available at the ZCMI Center "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition" annex and at the Museum. Numerous promotions and discounts are available; check out the Utah Museum of Natural History website (at or call 801-587-7777 for more information.

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