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Tomorrow will be the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  The final destination of course was to be New York.  Margaret Brown who survived the tragedy was one of the key drivers behind the 60 foot-tall lighthouse memorial.  My son and I visited the lighthouse earlier this week when we spent the day at South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan.

The memorial was erected by public subscription  in 1913 and was dedicated to honor the passengers, officers and crew that perished on that unforgettable night.  Originally, the lighthouse stood above the East River on the roof of the old Seamen’s Church Institute of New York and New Jersey.  On top of the lighthouse was a time ball that would drop down the pole to signal twelve noon to the ships in the harbor from 1913 to 1967.  In 1968 the Seamen’s Church Institute moved to its current address at 15 State Street.  Thankfully,  the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse was not part of the demolition and was donated b the Kaiser-Nelson Steel and Salvage Corporation to the South Street Seaport Museum.  It was placed at the entrance to the museum complex on the corner of Fulton and Pearl Street where it still stands today in Titanic Park.

My son first became fascinated with the story of the Titanic in the third grade when he checked out Titanic, by Anna Claybourne & Katie Daynes in the school library. We have enjoyed the Titanic exhibit that was at  Discovery Times Square Exhibition a couple of years ago and viewed the movie which has been re-released in 3D. Viewing the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse just added to the story for my son and served as a way to touch history while we were at South Street Seaport.

If you ever find yourself downtown in NYC by the seaport, pass by this memorial and pause and remember those who lost their lives.  While you are in the area, you can also learn more about the Titanic at the South Street Seaport Museum.   Currently there is an exhibition on the Titanic that features artifacts and also focuses on the ocean-liner’s place in popular culture.  One of the highlights of the exhibit is the original 1911 deck plan of the ship’s first class accommodations.  The exhibit is currently in the museum’s Melville Gallery which is across the street from the Titanic Memorial.

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The Artifact Exhibition

This year will be the 100th anniversary of the world’s most famous shipwreck, the Titanic. Several events will take place to commemorate this anniversary like the re-release in 3-D of the 1997 Titanic movie and an auction of 5,000 artifacts.

The Grand Staircase

Another way to commemorate this event is to visit the Titanic, The Artifact Exhibition.  We visited this exhibit when it was at the Discovery Times Square in New York City.  I have seen many traveling exhibits that have come to the Discovery Times Square, and this by far is my favorite!  When we entered the exhibit, we received a replica- boarding pass of an actual passenger aboard the Titanic.  Then we traveled on the chronological journey of how the ship met its fate.  Two of the things that are ingrained in my memory was touching the cold iceberg and seeing china perfectly stacked in sand in front of a picture that was taken on the bottom of the ocean floor.  It was amazing that the dishes were perfectly stacked in the picture . The cabinets that eventually disintegrated had preserved them.  At the end of the exhibit, we were able to look up the name of the passenger on our boarding pass on the Memorial Wall to discover whether they perished or survived.

My son had read Titanic by Anna Claybourne and Katie Daynes before we visited the exhibit in November of 2009.  The exhibit brought the pages in the book alive for him and it was also an opportunity to learn about the human spirit in face of the tragedy from the stories throughout the exhibit.

This exhibit has been long gone from New York, but if you are lucky enough be in the area of one of the current or upcoming exhibits, I highly recommend this fabulous exhibit.  The journey back to 1912 will allow you to connect with the passengers and crew through personal stories and you and your children will learn things you never knew about the” unsinkable” ship.

Current and Upcoming Exhibits in the United States.

Natural Science Center of Greensboro – The exhibit ends this coming Sunday, January 8th.

The Henry Ford Museum in Detroit – Opens March 2012.

San Diego Natural History Museum – Opens February 10th.

Union Station in Kansas City – Opens March 2012.

For International Exhibitions please go to www.rmstitanic.net/

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