The sinking of the Titanic (100 years ago this April) and the collapse of the I-35 bridge over the Mississippi River in 2007 have no connection, but both events are key to the plot of Duluth writer Jack Salmela's new novel,
Sisterhood of the Hennepin Chalice. The book is a complex mystery that touches on matters of faith, ancient and modern religion, and secret societies. Mr. Salmela will give a presentation on the background and events of the novel at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 25. His slide show will bring to life many of the Duluth and Minneapolis connections that figure in the story, such as clues found in a famous stained glass window at the American Swedish Institute, historic Nicollet Island, and Enger Tower. He will be accompanied by a professional actor who portrays real-life survivor of the Titanic, Oscar Olsson, a Swedish immigrant who worked aboard ships on the Great Lakes, who figures in the mystery. This is certain to be an intriguing and even controversial program. Refreshments, including hot apple cider, will be provided by the Sons of Norway-Heimsyn Lodge.