This Sunday, the world remembers the tragic sinking of the ocean liner Titanic, which happened one century ago on April 15, 1912. Want to learn more about the individuals whose lives were lost that fateful, cold night? Ever wanted to see actual artifacts from the shipwreck? Wonder what music the pianist played, what the ship was decorated with, what the women wore to dinner? Stop by some of the exhibitions and events throughout town and help to remember the Titanic:
New York Public Library All Hands on Deck: Remembering the Titanic (1912-2012)
On view at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is a special exhibition curated by the Music Division. The exhibit, on view through September 3, features “sheet music performed on the ship and written in its honor, as well as photos from the films ‘Titanic’ (1953) and ‘A Night to Remember’ (1958).” Can’t read sheet music? No worries, the library is hosting a special performance on May 5 at 2:30pm entitled The Titanic (1912-2012): Remembering the Era, the Music and the Musicians. This concert will introduce the audience to music that would have been played aboard the famous ocean liner. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
South Street Seaport Titanic at 100: Myth and Memory
Now open in what may be the most fitting location for an exhibition about a shipwreck, Titanic at 100 will present a comprehensive history of the ship, outline the events leading up to the disaster, and the aftermath. Artifacts recovered from the ship and from individuals who walked the promenade will be shown in the exhibition. Many artifacts have never been seen before.
Ghosts of New York The Titanic Special
New York’s ghost tour leaders have added another tour to their itinerary in remembrance of the 1912 disaster. Guides take visitors around downtown, introducing the maritime history of the city. Learn about the ghosts of Titanic survivors, or of ship captains and merchants, sailors and pirates who still haunt the shores of our island. Tours take place every weekend, usually last a few hours at a time, and cost $30. You can purchase tickets online at http://www.ghostsofny.com/calendar/.
Guernsey’s Titanic: The Auction
Over 5,500 artifacts recovered from the sunken ship are currently being auctioned off as one collection by Guernsey Auction House. Items include personal binoculars, jewelry, clothing, a pocket watch, sheet music, and even a 17-ton portion of the ship’s hull. Valued at $189 million, the items are only being offered for sale as a single lot in an effort to preserve these historic artifacts. According to the auction house, “this is the first and only sale of objects that have been recovered from the wreck site of Titanic located on the sea floor, two and a half miles below the ocean’s surface.” Stay tuned to learn more about the final sale.