EPLD is looking forward to an excellent program on July 30, at 6:30 p.m. with Dennis Johnson. Johnson, from Minonk will display and talk about his passion- creating model ships.
Johnson has been assembling models since he was 12 years old, but while in the navy he began making detailed, scale models of ships. To date he has completed over 350 models. While many of Johnson’s models are of US naval vessels, his extensive collection also includes warships used by other countries and 6 different models of the Titanic. One of his favorites is a model of the Titanic he created for his wife, complete with working lights and finely detailed features of incredibly small people on the deck. Johnson’s models are truly a work of art, with his attention to detail evident in each piece.
Johnson’s library is extensive as well, for he researches the ships as he builds each model to establish the accuracy of each completed piece. His completed models range in size from a row boat measuring less than an inch long to models of the Titanic measuring several feet in length. He will be bringing several models to share with his audience on Monday evening.
Dennis Johnson’s skill in creating ship models is recognized by collectors of the craft, and he can rightfully boast of the museum quality of his work. Several of his models are showcased in the National Museum of Ship Models and Sea History at Sadorus, IL which is near Champaign.
Eureka Public Library is pleased to be able to provide this program free of charge to all ages. To register for Johnson’s program or for more information, please call the Library at 467-2922.