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Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition coming to Grand Rapids
November 13, 2012 | WGVU
“So we try to draw our visitors into the story of Titanic in the very beginning by giving them a replica boarding pass that has the name of an actual passenger that would have been traveling on Titanic for the maiden voyage.”
Theresa Nelson is Director of Public Relations with Premier Exhibitions and RMS Titanic. She explains the 1912 boarding pass carries a name, class of service, age, reason for traveling on board and final destination.
“And the idea is that you essentially assume the identity of this passenger as you travel through the exhibition which is really a walk through the life of Titanic.”
Nelson gingerly unpacks from a black, shock resistant case a small glass perfume vile no larger than a pinky. It’s one of the 150 artifacts recovered more than two and a half miles below the Atlantic Ocean’s surface.
“A first class passenger, a gentleman by the name of Adolphe Saalfeld who was a perfume salesman and he was traveling from London to New York to sell his samples in some of the department stores. He survived the sinking but his belongings went down with the ship and nearly 85 years later we recovered a leather portfolio and in the exhibition we’ll have a few of these perfume vials with holes on the vitrine so that you can actually get up close and smell what’s left of the scent. It’s pretty incredible.”
Before leaving the museum visitors pass through the “Memorial Gallery” with the ship’s manifest broken down by first, second, third class and crew. This is where the boarding pass holder discovers the fate of their passenger.
The Exhibition opens February 9th and runs through early July, 2013.
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