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History club members board the Titanic
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Thursday, April 07, 2016
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     Students from Melbourne High School’s history club traveled to Branson, Missouri to experience first-hand what it must have been like to be a passenger on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912. The group visited the Titanic Museum Attraction, one of only two Titanic-themed museums in the United States, to take a step back in history and make a personal connection with the past. From the beginning, students were awed by the museum, which is shaped like the Titanic itself and built half-scale to the original. It rests in the midst of dark blue water meant to represent the sea. Upon entering the museum, the students were given a ticket with the name of an actual passenger and his or her social class; after touring over 400 authentic artifacts and exhibits and hearing the stories of several other people aboard the Titanic that night, the students learned the fate of their ticketed passenger. Club member Tyler Wortham reflected upon the experience. “I thought that the trip was fun. It was an excellent learning experience that helped us understand and learn more about the Titanic. I hope we get to do it again soon. It was a fun opportunity!” One particular exhibit that resonated with the students, according to club sponsor Amanda Patrick, was the 1.7 million dollar violin that Wallace Hartley played as the Titanic slowly sank into the darkness. As history tells it, just before the ship went down, Hartley placed his violin, a treasured gift from his fiancée, in its case and strapped it to his body so as to not be separated from her. The trip was a huge success, exposing students to a part of the past that will never be forgotten. Samantha Causey, a history club member, commented, “It was very thrilling. The overall experience will help students to understand the past.”



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