When I first found out that Wallace Hartley’s Titanic violin was found and that we would be the only museum in the United States to display this important part of history, I became overwhelmed with emotions. After all, this is the Holy Grail of Titanic artifacts. As you all know, last year, the Titanic turned 100 years old. Our Titanic Museum Attractions put on memorial tributes portraying the utmost respect to the passengers and crew who sailed the great ship 100 years ago. I felt honored to be a part of this tribute and felt it was a once in a lifetime event for me. Now, in 2013, we become part of Titanic History again as this Long Lost Titanic Violin has finally resurfaced 101 years later. Wow.
Wallace Hartley was Titanic’s BandMaster, experiencing the height of his career when he boarded Titanic. He was engaged to his fiancee, Maria Robinson, and was hesitant to take the job, but decided it was a wonderful career opportunity. When Titanic hit the iceberg and began to sink, Hartley and his musical crew decided to meet their fate, standing on the decks of the ship playing their beautiful music. Survivors reported that the band played until the bitter end. In my mind, Wallace Hartley is a hero.
Now, 101 years later, the Titanic Museum Attraction has been chosen to display the Long Lost
Titanic Violin for the world to see before it is auctioned off at the Aldridge Auction house in England this fall. Each of you who visits the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tn from now until July 27, or the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Mo. from August 1 – 15, 2013, will become part of this amazing discovery in Titanic history. I invite you all to share this with your friends and families this summer and help us continue to pay tribute to the Mighty Titanic and the brave soles who sailed her.
Signing Off for Now,
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