By Brian Johnston, Adult Services Librarian
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and I must say that it was an interesting visit.
As many of you know, the Titanic was a massive ship that set out on its maiden voyage in April of 1912, many people believing that it was indestructible. However, it hit an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during that maiden voyage, sinking to the bottom of the ocean, and approximately 1,500 passengers perished.
A tour of the museum offers a great learning experience for people of all ages. Yet, to me, the best thing about the museum is how it humanizes the people who were on board, causing us to think about them as more than mere statistics from a past era. At the beginning of the tour, everyone gets a card with information about a real Titanic passenger, and at the end of the tour we find out whether that person survived. Besides that, the tour offers first-hand accounts of what happened from actual passengers.
If you’re ever going through eastern Tennessee, I would recommend making a visit to this museum, as I found it to be both an interesting and a moving experience. Even if you don’t have the opportunity to go, I would still recommend trying to learn more about the Titanic and its importance in our history. I believe there are a lot of lessons to be learned from that event.