Special events and exhibits to explore legacy of children aboard Titanic
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 2012) – For many of Titanic’s youngest passengers, the famous shipwreck was just the beginning of a lifetime of stories. For others, the maiden voyage tragically cut short lives of unlimited potential.
The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is honoring all of the 133 children aboard Titanic by designating 2013 as “Discover the Children of Titanic,” the first-ever coordinated exhibits and events documenting and paying tribute to all of the children aboard the ship.
“The ship’s most famous and wealthiest passengers are usually in the spotlight, but the children aboard Titanic are often treated as little more than footnotes in history,” said John Joslyn, leader of the first private exploration dive to Titanic and co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction. “The children’s stories are no less important or dramatic than those of the ship’s elite passengers. By hosting this tribute, even the smallest passenger aboard Titanic now has a voice.”
The children’s tribute is part of a busy year at the world’s largest permanent monument to the Titanic. Special events scheduled for the Titanic Museum Attraction in 2013 include:
- National Ice Carving Competition: Saturday, January 19
- Sweetheart Month: February 1-28
- Irish Month: March 1-31
- NEW! Titanic Author’s Week: April 1-7
- NEW! Veteran’s Wives’ Breakfast: Wednesday,April 17
- Veteran’s Appreciation Day (free admission for veterans): Thursday, April 18
- NEW! Princess Tea Party: Saturday,April 27
- NEW! Titanic Children’s Weekend: May 11-12
- NEW! Titanic Boat Show: June 15-16
- NEW! Night at the Titanic Museum sleepover: Saturday,September 21
- Thanksgiving Snow Kickoff Night: Thursday,November 28, 2013
- Snow Nights (snowfalls off Titanic’s bow): Saturdays in December (7, 14, 21, 28)
The year kicks off with the annual Ice Carving Competition on Saturday, Jan. 19, as children of all ages delight in watching professional and amateur ice carvers compete to turn the attraction’s parking area into a virtual art museum of ice. The family-friendly outdoor event provides opportunities for children and their families to watch the artworks being created and talk to the artists at work.
Young visitors to the museum attractions will also be the center of attention in April for the annual Princess Tea Party Saturday, April 27 , a popular event allowing young ladies and a guest to experience a British afternoon tea as it would have been served aboard the most famous cruise ship to ever set sail.
In September, young guests will also be invited to participate in a new visitor experience—a night at the Titanic Museum Attraction sleepover. This event on Saturday, September 21 will provide children with a chance to stay overnight in the museum for unique visitor experiences and activities.
Additional information about these and other commemorative events for the “Year of the Titanic Child” will be released as details are available. Guests can learn more about the Titanic Museum Attractions and special events at the attractions by visiting online atwww.titanicattraction.com.
The Titanic Museum Attractions opens daily at 9 a.m. (local time) in Branson and Pigeon Forge. Reservations are strongly suggested since many days sell out entirely. Passengers may purchase tickets online at www.titanicattraction.com or by phone at (800) 381-7670.
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Titanic Museum Attraction: Cedar Bay Entertainment, LLC owns and operates the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn. A privately owned-and-operated entertainment and development company, Cedar Bay is headquartered in Branson, the site of its first TitanicMuseum Attraction. Since its opening in 2006, Titanic Branson has welcomed more than 5 million “passengers” aboard the museum. Titanic Pigeon Forge opened in 2010 and has already welcomed 2 million visitors. For additional information about the museums, visit www.titanicattraction.com or call 800-381-7670.
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