In the 1800s, any news from America was exciting, including even horrific
accounts. One such event was the conflagration of the steamer "The Erie,"
which left 270 dead, most of them German immigrants. Inspired, novelist
Theodor Fontane wrote his bestselling poem "John Maynard," a larger-thanlife
rendition of the true helmsman Luther Fuller. The work has been on many
reading lists to the point that Buffalo erected a historical marker dedicated
to John Maynard. Discover a heroic saga and how literature and a real event
created an enduring fable across the ocean.
– Angela Beaumont, M.A
*This lecture is held at our satellite location at Fairview Area Historical Society at 4302 Avonia Rd
Angela Beaumont holds a MA in American Studies and Business from the University of Kassel in Germany. Her prior experience includes working for a Think Tank organization in Washington, D.C. and for DHL in Bonn, where she held various positions in international marketing and business development. In 2011, she moved with her family to Erie, where she worked as a German language instructor and in import logistics. Angela is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Erie County Civic Leadership program of the Jefferson Alliance for Community Progress.