‘Children of the Titanic’ honored in new exhibit at Pigeon Forge museum

Titanic Pigeon Forge will unveil a new exhibit, “The Year of the Titanic Children,” with artifacts and stories that pay tribute to the children onboard the 1912 voyage.

Titanic ship museum at sunrise
Images courtesy of Titanic Pigeon Forge

The exhibit seeks to share the stories of 135 kids of varying ages through 14 years old, including the youngest child passenger on the Titanic, who was just nine weeks old.

Stories Behind the Passengers

Among the items on display will be a pair of baby moccasins that belonged to 10-month-old Alden Caldwell, which Titanic Pigeon Forge will reveal at 10 a.m. on march 13, 2023, with the help of Dr. Julie Hedgepeth Williams, Caldwell’s cousin. Dr. Williams will also sign copies of her new book, “A Rare Titanic Family,” tracing her family’s Titanic story.

Children of the Titanic mosaic

“For the first time anywhere, the Children of Titanic will be remembered in a two-year tribute to their courage and resilience during one of the greatest sea tragedies the world has ever known,” said Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, president, COO, and co-owner of Titanic Museum Attractions. “This is our mission for 2023 – to shine a light on their young lives, to speak their names and to honor their legacy.”

Giving Back

Titanic Museum will partner with Samaritan’s Feet International, a non-profit organization that provides shoes to children in need.  Since 2003, Samaritan’s Feet has given shoes to nine million people.

“Together, we will inspire hope in the lives of thousands of children in need across the home states of the Titanic Museum, in Tennessee and Missouri, by providing them with shoes and giving them the encouragement to follow their dreams,” said Manny Phoneme, co-founder, president, and CEO of Samaritan’s Feet International. “We are so grateful for partners like the Titanic Museum Attractions who are helping us reach our goal of serving 10 million people by the end of the year.”

Planning Your Visit

Reservations are required to visit Titanic Pigeon Forge. Tickets start at $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-12. Children ages 4 and under enter for free. 

Titanic museum ship at nighttime

Bundle packages are available with nearby attractions like Dollywood and the Pirates Voyage dinner show. To purchase tickets, visit titanicpigeonforge.com.

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