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“Toxic Secrets" of the Lusitania and the Estonia

The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors present: “Toxic Secrets" of the Lusitania and the Estonia. One hundred years ago on May 7, 1915, the Cunard superliner R.M.S. Lusitania was sunk in a mere 18 minutes by a German submarine 11.5 miles off the coast of Ireland. Almost 1,200 passengers and crew, including 128 Americans, perished in the disaster that turned American opinion decidedly anti-German. Two years later, the United States entered World War I. Eight decades later, in peacetime, on September 28, 1994, the cruise ferry MS Estonia sank off the coast of Finland while en route from Tallinn, Estonia, to Stockholm. Despite rescue efforts, 852 lives were lost. As part of the transatlantic commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, Gregg Bemis delivers a lecture on the two maritime disasters, focusing on the similarities between them and the implications for the future. A prominent Santa Fe resident, entrepreneur, and former director, chairman and principal owner of The Ocean Corporation, Bemis is also the owner of the Lusitania. He has undertaken extensive research and investigation into the sinkings of both The Lusitania and The Estonia. Author Hampton Sides will introduce him.

When: Sunday, May 24, 2:00 PM

Where: New Mexico History Museum Auditorium, 113 Lincoln Avenue (Enter for Free through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors.)

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View Item Details on the Online Library Catalog

Item DetailsYou can view details about library items such as summaries, reviews, table of contents, author notes, cover images and more by clicking the cover image labeled details in our online library catalog. However, for this feature to work properly you must turn off the pop-up blocker in your web browser. You can access item details at our Online Library Catalog.

The Santa Fe Public Library Offers Access To Online Language Tools

Muzzy online is a language course for children featuring eight world languages. Muzzy Online is a comprehensive, interactive, and fun way to learn a second language. Mango Languages is an easy-to-use, self-paced online language-learning system. You can choose from 36 languages including English as a second language, Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, and Russian. You can visit our Online Resources webpage for more information and to access these language tools.

Digital Magazines Are Now Available From the Santa Fe Public Library

The Santa Fe Public Library has expanded its digital collection with the addition of OverDrive Periodicals at This new collection features nearly 60 popular digital magazines, including Dwell, Glamour, Outside, Wired, and many others.

Users can check out periodicals on the same digital library website where they currently borrow eBooks. All that is required is a valid Santa Fe Public Library card and to create a NOOK account. Titles can be read via a NOOK tablet device or Free NOOK Reading App available on Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), Android (Phones & Tablets) and Windows 8 (PCs & Tablets).

“The Library is so pleased to offer online magazines to our patrons, in addition to our popular eBooks and eAudiobooks. In response to patron requests, the Library now has over 60 magazines online,” stated Patricia Hodapp, Director of Libraries.

Check out our selection and please ask our Reference Librarians for any needed assistance. Also, you can visit the OverDrive Help page to get started with periodicals.

Main Library Media Collection

The Library has moved the Main Library media collection to the first floor open stacks. Patrons are now able to browse DVDs, both fiction and non-fiction along with the children's DVD collection. In addition, all audio books are also available to browse and check out. Items that have not been relocated, including all music CDs and some DVDs, can have holds placed on them.

To place a hold on any library item, patrons may call any of the libraries or visit the Library Catalog. The Main Library may be reached at (505) 955-6781 or (505) 955-6785; Oliver La Farge Branch at (505) 955-4860; Southside Branch at (505) 955-2820. Materials on hold may be sent to any of the library locations.

Our catalog includes LibraryThing


With LibraryThing, all of the information is right in front of you. You won't need to search a separate database or check out different websites to get reading recommendations or series information. Just click on the book covers or links and get all the information you need! As always, come visit us at any library, call our reference desks, or e-mail if you have questions about this or any other resource.