100 years ago, the “unsinkable” White Star ship Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on its maiden voyage. As we all know, the ship eventually sank with numerous passengers still aboard, sealing its place in history.
Now to commemorate the event, cities across the globe are putting together events that remember the lives lost on that cold, dark night. But you don’t have to be in England, New York or the middle of the Atlantic to remember. Throughout Summit and surrounding counties, Titanic enthusiasts can find plenty of ways to honor the ship and its passengers.
The intricately designed Akron Civic Theatre hosted the one-night engagement of Titanic: The Musical. This Tony-award winning Broadway musical was conducted by Christopher Wilkins and expertly depicted by the musical talents of the Akron Symphony Orchestra and an excellent cast. From the building of the massive ship - the larges ocean liner at the time - to the rescue on the Carpathia, musical and spoken interludes brought to life the triumph and tragedy of a century old tale. A tale that, sadly, was not born out of folklore, but a real-life nightmare.
If you missed out on the one-night show and the 100th anniversary on April 14 but still thirst for all things Titanic, there are still plenty of events around. Here is a rundown of upcoming events in the area:
- Famous American Women: Molly Brown, presented by Carol Starre-Kmiecik at the Cuyahoga County Public Library, Independence Branch. Monday, April 16, 7pm
- Summit County’s Titanic Passengers exhibit at the Summit County library, main location, throughout the month of April
- Titanic, the 100th Anniversary, presented by Mandy Altimus Pond, Archivist, at the Stark County Library. Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm
- Titanic - Unsinkable Molly Brown, presented by Sally Whinston at the Rodman Public Library in Alliance, OH. Saturday, April 21 at 3pm.
- Exploring the Titanic, presented by Jim Paskert of the Cleveland Underwater Explorers. At the CCPL Independence branch. Thursday, June 28 at 7pm.
- James Cameron’s Titanic movie in 3D
So if you are looking to learn or re-learn about the Titanic, there are plenty of opportunities right in your own neighborhood! Do you plan on visiting any of these events or other ones? Let us know!