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05 Sep

TitanicmuseumA relatively new attraction in Pigeon Forge is the Titanic Museum.  The museum is dedicated to all things Titanic.  They have events all throughout the year including artist appearances, author book signings, sleep overs and special exhibits in the gallery.  Currently being featured is an exhibit titled:

Discover the 133 Children’s Stories of Titanic

The RMS Titanic sailed with 2,208 people on board – 133 of them were children. These were Titanic’s littlest heroes. What they saw, heard and felt from the moment they boarded the ship has been documented and visualized for the first time anywhere by the Titanic Museum Attractions in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. This year-long, exclusive exhibit is a celebration of The Children of Titanic whose bravery, innocence and faith can be an inspiration to us all.  For more information, please contact us at 800-381-7670.

Reposted from the Titanic Museums webpage, for more Titanic info visit them at http://www.titanicpigeonforge.com/

Once Upon a Time on Titanic
The Eleanor Johnson Story

It must have seemed like a magical, floating kingdom to 18-month-old Eleanor Johnson when she boarded Titanic with her mother, Alice, and older brother, Harold, in 1912. They were returning to their home in the United States following a visit with an ailing relative in Finland.

If little Eleanor’s Titanic adventure had a fairytale beginning, then it did not have a happy-ever-after ending. Approaching midnight on the fourth day at sea, Titanic struck an iceberg, sending chunks of ice onto the deck, ironically providing a brief moment of recreation for a few passengers, including Eleanor’s mother, who playfully kicked the ice around.

Soon the enormity of their situation became clear when a steward rushed them to the boat deck. Eleanor, clinging tightly to her mother, entered Lifeboat No. 15, her brother right behind her. Later they were picked up by the rescue ship Carpathia and taken to New York City.

Life, after her tumultuous Titanic experience, was mostly smooth sailing for Eleanor. In 1934 she married Delbert Shuman, an International Harvester engineer, had a son and daughter, and had a job at the Elgin Watch Company. They were married for 47 years before Delbert died in 1981.

In 1996 Eleanor joined two other Titanic survivors on an emotional, expedition cruise to the Titanic wreck site. Eleanor was the only survivor that director James Cameron met while filming TITANIC. She saw the movie at a special screening with movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. Eleanor had a tale to tell and she told it often, becoming something of a celebrity after the movie’s release.

Eleanor lived to see Titanic make world headlines, once again, before dying at the age of 87. Upon her death there were only 5Titanic survivors remaining – today there are none. Her story, and those of the other 2,207 Titanic voyagers, lives on at the Titanic Museum Attraction. When you visit, we look forward to introducing you to them all.

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2013 in Attractions, Pigeon Forge

 

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