“The Remarkable History of the U-505” virtual program at LaSalle Public Library

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Posted 8/20/20

LA SALLE - Curator at the Museum of Science and Industry, Dr. Voula Saridakis, will be hosted virtually by the LaSalle Public Library for an insightful presentation on the history of the U-505 submarine.

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“The Remarkable History of the U-505” virtual program at LaSalle Public Library

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LA SALLE - Curator at the Museum of Science and Industry, Dr. Voula Saridakis, will be hosted virtually by the LaSalle Public Library for an insightful presentation on the history of the U-505 submarine. This free event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is home to the only U-boat of its kind (type IX-C) in the United States, and it is one of only four left in the world. In this unique virtual presentation, Dr. Saridakis will share historic details on the remarkable capture of the submarine, which was kept secret for over a year, its journey from New Hampshire and across four of the five Great Lakes to Chicago, the engineering feat of moving the 252-foot vessel into a new indoor space, and the sub’s recently completed restoration in 2019.

Saridakis is a curator in the collections department at the Museum of Science and Industry and is part of the team that is responsible for the care of MSI’s 35,000 plus artifacts. During her time at the museum, she has been responsible for the research and development of content for several exhibits. Most recently, she curated U-505 Submarine: 75 Stories, an anniversary exhibit commemorating the 1944 capture of the U-505 submarine featuring 75 rarely seen photographs and artifacts.

A historian of science and technology by training, Saridakis has 19 years of college-level teaching experience in subjects including history of science, women and gender in science, world civilizations, European history, and women’s history. She has a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies (interdisciplinary history, philosophy, and sociology of science) from Virginia Tech, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University. She has been an invited speaker to several conferences including the History of Science Society, Society for the History of Technology, and Biennial History of Astronomy Workshop. 

This free program will be presented in a live virtual format via Zoom. To receive the virtual viewing link, please register by going to https://bit.ly/3ahiZjg. For more information, please contact Rachael at rblomquist@lasalle.lib.il.us.