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Remembering the Titanic

April 12, 2012

A starboard view of the White Star Line passenger liner R.M.S. Titanic embarking on its ill-fated maiden voyage, April 10, 1912, near Liverpool, England.

This is an excerpt from the a story told by Jaynee, Titanic’s First Class Maid and one of the faces of Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson. This post commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic, which hit an iceberg in the late-night hours of April 14, 1912, then sunk in the early morning hours of April 15, 2012.

Hello, I’m Jaynee, Titanic First Class Maid. I’ve had the honor of introducing you to some of Titanic’s 2,208 passengers and crew. I hope you’ve come to know them and the dreams, ambitions, secrets and fears they carried with them on Titanic.

On the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s last day at sea, we close the book, for now, on this special series of personal stories. We’ve only scratched the surface, though.

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson.

There are many, many more tales to be told, each adding a fascinating chapter to one of the most dramatic stories of all time. These are the stories we bring to life at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson. 2012 is The Year of Titanic, and we invite you to join us in honoring all those who sailed into history 100 years ago.

We’ve found that the most meaningful way of keeping their memory alive is to simply tell their stories. Our entire crew does that, with deep respect, everyday of the year at our museum. We’re proud to be guardians of Titanic’s legacy and the keeper of her passengers’ and crew’s hopes and dreams.

This was Titanic owner John Joslyn’s vision following his historic expedition to Titanic’s resting place 25 years ago. Now, what he imagined stands among the largest and most prestigious, permanent Titanic museums in the world. Visitors come here to experience what it was really like to be a passenger on the ship.

Some come to honor a family descendant who was on board, and to learn more about their story, others, to see why a 100-year-old story still haunts people to this day. They all leave – I can tell you  with a new appreciation of Titanic and the men, women and children who were on board.

Much of what has been accomplished at our museum has come under the guidance and support of Ed and Karen Kumada, founders of the Titanic Historical Society. In 1963 they vowed to keep the spirit of Titanic alive and to honor the memory of all who sailed her.

They wouldn’t let the world forget them and neither will we.

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