Titanic Revisited

03 May

This past week, we took advantage of a rare opportunity to visit “Titanic: Treasures from the Deep”, a traveling exhibit of artifacts presented by Country Financial. The weather was suitably chilly, which put us in the proper frame of mind to visit treasures from the shipwreck in the Atlantic where the steamship Titanic hit an iceberg and sank during her maiden voyage in 1912.

Part of the exhibit allowed us to be photographed in front of a backdrop of the Grand Stairway in the Titanic. Okay, the photo is a little cheesy. However, the gentleman who portrayed Captain Smith was outstanding and identical to the real captain of the Titanic, who had embarked on his last voyage before retirement. My hubby and I gladly stepped back in history, as long as we could safely step back into the present again.

Foremost on my mind was the story of Margaret Brown, later known to the world as Molly Brown, who survived the wreck in a lifeboat. As pivotal as this event was to her, there was so much more that made hers a full and interesting life. Mrs. Brown was the subject of my biography, “Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story”. This exhibit was a modified version of one which I was able to visit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science last year. As was done previously, we were handed boarding passes with the names of actual passengers on the Titanic as we entered the display. At the end, lists of survivors were displayed. Fortunately, our names were among the living. However, this was an excellent interactive tool to bring the gravity of the tragedy to the forefront. Talk about an unsinkable experience!

“We are ALL passengers on the Titanic.”
— Jack Foster, Irish Philosopher

Joyce Lohse, 5/3/09
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about “Unsinkable: The Molly Brown Story”


Posted by on May 3, 2009 in Western history


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4 responses to “Titanic Revisited

  1. Mary Trimble

    May 4, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Joyce — What a great experience. I’ll bet your background and your Unsinkable Molly Brown made the event a memorable experience for them, too!


    • joyce4books

      May 4, 2009 at 10:14 am

      Thank you, Mary! Actually, I stayed pretty quiet and took it all in. “The Captain” had some great stories to share. — Joyce

  2. Cynthia Becker

    May 4, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Visitng the exhibit after writing about Molly Brown’s experience must feel like walking right into a chapter of your book. What fun.

    By the way, I’m currently reading your new book on General Palmer. I particularly like the use of his own words from his journals. The photos are great. Queen must have been a very patient woman.


    • joyce4books

      May 5, 2009 at 8:04 am

      Hello Cynthia — The Titanic exhibit was a great way to revisit the Molly Brown story. We enjoyed it thoroughly. And I am so glad you are enjoying the General Palmer book. Queen Palmer’s story evokes different reactions from different people. For instance, she comes off as spoiled and uncooperative in Marshall Sprague’s writings. I disagree. I think she gave Colorado Springs her best effort, but she was handicapped by her health the whole time. I’m glad I was able to portray her story as objectively as possible through General Palmer’s biography. — Joyce


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