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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.
Michigan State getting new academic department
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Michigan clears land for international bridge
Detroit MI October 30, 2014 | WGVU Michigan is clearing land in Detroit ahead of the construction of a commuter bridge to Canada.
Giraffe calf born at Detroit Zoo named Mpenzi
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Court won't overturn $144M malpractice verdict
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White Lake toxic cleanup celebration planned
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Decision 2014 profile: Michigan Senate 34th District
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Decision 2014 profile: Michigan Senate 28th District
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West Michigan health protocols in place, ebola unlikely
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Decision 2014 Profile: Michigan House 92nd District
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As Jake Neher reports, candidates are beginning their final push to get supporters to show up and vote next Tuesday.
Affleck makes video for Detroit-area bat group
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Boy or girl? Family with 12 sons awaits baby 13
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Rail improvements would increase daily trips
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Michigan Lt. Gov. Calley studying at Harvard
Lansing MI October 29, 2014 | WGVU Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has missed a third of state Senate session days over the last two years to attend master's classes at Harvard University.
Creationism conference planned at Michigan State
East Lansing MI October 29, 2014 | WGVU A planned event on creationism at Michigan State University is raising concerns among faculty and graduate students.
Improvements coming to Gerald R. Ford Airport
Grand Rapids MI October 29, 2014 | WGVU More than $95 million will be invested over the next six years in the Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.
Decision 2014 profile: Michigan Senate 29th District
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Decision 2014 Profile: Michigan Senate 30th District
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Decision 2014 Profile: Michigan House 86th District
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Decision 2014 Profile: Michigan House 88th District
October 29, 2014 | WGVU Family-owned business is a common thread in Ottawa County’s 88th district House race. WGVU takes a look at the candidates.
Decision 2014 Profile: Michigan House 72nd District
October 29, 2014 | WGVU Incumbent Ken Yonker hopes to secure his Kent and Allegan county House seat for a third term. WGVU talks to Yonker and challenger Kemal Hamulic.
GM to invest $63 million in Lansing-area car plant
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MI GOP looks to energize conservatives ahead of election with Rand Paul visit
October 29, 2014 | MPRN U-S Senator Rand Paul made campaign stops in Michigan today for Republican candidates ahead of next week’s election. But as Jake Neher reports, the Senator from Kentucky didn’t mention any individual candidates during his rally with volunteers and supporters.
Ten people in Michigan being monitored for Ebola, but flu risk is greater
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Howell nature center says eagle may have been shot
Howell MI October 28, 2014 | WGVU Staff members at a Howell nature center say a wounded bald eagle may have been illegally shot.
Ribbon-cutting planned for Cross Winds Energy Park
unionville, MI October 28, 2014 | WGVU A ribbon-cutting is planned for Friday for a wind power project in Michigan that will expand Consumers Energy's renewable energy options.
Regulators seek public advice on water monitoring
Lansing MI October 28, 2014 | WGVU Michigan environmental regulators are looking for advice on where to direct their efforts to measure surface water quality.
Amtrak Michigan line sets ridership record
Port Huron, MI October 28, 2014 | WGVU Amtrak says a record number of passengers rode its line from Port Huron to Chicago last year while ridership on other Michigan lines declined.
Decision 2014 profile: Michigan House 76th District
October 28, 2014 | WGVU The field is crowded in the race for House seat in Michigan’s 76th District.
Incumbent Democrat, Winnie Brinks, debated Republican challenger, Donijo DeJonge and U-S Taxpayer party candidate William Mohr on WGVU-TV.
Decision 2014 profile: Michigan House 91st District
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State funding helps West Michigan towns combine services
October 28, 2014 | WGVU Department of Treasury grants received by Kent and Ottawa County municipalities goes toward consolidating local services.
Funds aim to boost rural economic development
EAST LANSING, Mich. October 28, 2014 | AP Michigan State University is getting $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help boost economic development in rural areas.
PAC founder seeks probe of GOP US Rep Fred Upton
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. October 28, 2014 | AP The founder of a group spending heavily to defeat U.S. Rep. Fred Upton has asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether the St. Joseph Republican violated House rules through contacts with contributors to the super PAC.
Republicans plan bus tour to cap Michigan campaign
LANSING, Mich. October 28, 2014 | AP Gov. Rick Snyder, U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land and other Republicans will participate in parts of a three-day bus tour across Michigan to cap campaigning before Election Day.
Crews to try again to move old tree into new home
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Final remarks next in Detroit bankruptcy trial
Detroit MI October 27, 2014 | WGVU A judge is setting aside much of the day for closing arguments in the Detroit bankruptcy trial.
Halloween-themed seat belt enforcement begins
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Michigan workplace fatality rate declines
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Governor's house becomes event venue under Snyder
Lansing MI October 27, 2014 | WGVU The Michigan governor's residence has turned from a family home into a venue for department meetings and receptions under Gov. Rick Snyder.
AAA Michigan: Gas prices fall 2 cents in week
Dearborn MI October 27, 2014 | WGVU AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have dropped about 2 cents a gallon in the last week.
No Asian carp DNA found in Kalamazoo River tests
Lansing MI October 27, 2014 | WGVU Officials say no genetic material from Asian carp showed up during the latest round of testing in the lower Kalamazoo River.
ArtPrize whale statue being displayed in Bay City
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Muskegon man sentenced in non-profit fraud
October 27, 2014 | WGVU A Muskegon man has been sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding his non-profit employer of more than $900,000.
Grand Rapids Amtrak 'hub' open to travelers
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Decision 2014 profile: Michigan House 73rd District
October 27, 2014 | WGVU One week from Tuesday voters head to the polls. This week WGVU profiles the candidates running for Michigan House and Senate seats. We introduce Republican Chris Afendoulis and Democrat, Mary Polonowski, who are running for the Michigan House in the 73rd District.
Decision 2014 profile: Michigan House 75th District
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Gov. Snyder directs state agencies to eliminate hurdles for disabled employees
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