Las Vegas – Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition commemorated the Centennial of RMS Titanic’s launch and eventual sinking Tuesday, April 10 with a special candlelit vigil at Luxor Hotel and Casino. A Titanic descendant and 185 Griffith Elementary School students took part in the ceremony dedicated to remembering those who lost their lives on RMS Titanic.
Recently studying the Ship of Dreams and its ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic, the students explored the Exhibition, reliving the story of Titanic through more than 300 authentic artifacts. The students also wrote an essay to explain why the story continues to resonate with people around the world today based on Irish philosopher Jack Foster’s quote, “We are all passengers on Titanic.” One student was selected to share her essay during the ceremony.
Following the reading, students heard the tale of Titanic retold by Tom Goldsmith, descendant of survivor Frank John William Goldsmith. Tom spoke about his grandfather’s journey and experience aboard Titanic.
"RMS Titanic, Inc. and Premier Exhibitions have provided the world with a window into the past. They have paid the utmost attention to detail both in the recovery of items and their preservation and display. As a descendent of a survivor, I enjoy visiting as many of them as I can because I feel closer to my grandfather and the stories he told me,” says Goldsmith.
In addition, Alexandra Klingelhofer, Vice President of Collections for Premier Exhibitions and RMS Titanic, Inc., spoke about the conservation and preservation efforts of Titanic so that people can see and experience the majesty and tragedy 100 years after its sinking and beyond. The ceremony ended with a candlelit vigil and a shared moment of silence to honor those who suffered or were lost aboard Titanic.
“The centennial of Titanic’s sinking is a chance for people all over the world to come together and remember those who were lost on April 15, 1912,” states Klingelhofer. “It’s important for Titanic’s legacy to live on throughout generations, which is why we are excited to have Griffith Elementary School join us for the candlelit vigil.”
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition showcases authentic artifacts recovered from two and one-half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic. Viewed by more than 20 million people worldwide, the Exhibition is among the highest attended in history. Unique to the Exhibition at Luxor Hotel & Casino is the crown jewel of artifacts, a 15-ton section of the Titanic’s starboard hull, appropriately called the 'Big Piece.' Visitors can view an unopened bottle of champagne with a 1900 vintage and more than 20 never-before-seen artifacts including gaming chips and passenger personal papers. Walk her decks, get a picture taken on her famed Grand Staircase, peer into her cabins and meet her passengers and crew. This 25,0000 square foot exhibition offers a haunting and emotional connection to the forever-altered lives of those on board the famous ill-fated ship.
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