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Park University

address  8700 NW River Park Dr.
 Parkville, MO  64152

Park University Titanic Exhibit

Park University Titanic Exhibit

Community Event, Education, General, Living History
Park University, which has a unique connection to the Titanic, is hosting a special exhibit in the University’s Frances Fishburn Archives and Special Collections space. The exhibit, on display through Friday, May 31, includes items related to the Titanic and the time period, as well as pictures of two Park alumni who, along with their 10-month-old child, survived the ship’s sinking off the coast of Newfoundland on April 15, 1912. Albert and Sylvia Harbaugh Caldwell, both 1909 graduates of Park, and their son, Alden, were returning to the U.S. from a mission trip in Siam (now Thailand) when they boarded the ship in Southampton, England. Their story of what happened on the night of the sinking mirrors that of other survivors. They were one of the few families to have survived intact and, to make the tale even more compelling, Albert was one of only 14 second-class male passengers to survive out of 168. The story of the Caldwells resurfaced in 2012 with the release of the book, A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwells’ Story of Survival, written by Albert’s great-niece, Julie Hedgepeth Williams, Ph.D. Williams wrote the book using information supplied by Park University archivist Carolyn Elwess, recollections of her great-uncle and research from Albert’s grandson, Charles Caldwell, Ph.D., among other relatives. In addition to pictures of the Caldwell family during and after their time at Park, the University’s exhibit features 1912 sheet music and books about the sinking, and contemporary articles and poems from magazines, including the original report on “The Loss of the Titanic” from the May 28, 1912, issue of the Congressional Record of the Sixty-Seventh United States Congress. The exhibit was designed by Elwess and interns Sara Lemke and Ashlyn Weber, both senior history/public history majors. The Fishburn Archives is located near the University’s Academic Underground’s 6th Street entrance (adjacent to Breckon Sports Center).
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Event Info: (816) 584-6891
Ages: All ages
Price: Free
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 • Mon 5/20/19 - Fri 5/31/19