The story of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic is familiar to most of us.
Less well known, however, is the Titanic's nearly identical sister ship, the R.M.S. Olympic, which was among the vessels racing to the rescue when the Titanic went down on April 14, 1912.
Author Wade Sisson discusses that night to remember and the Olympic's subsequent career in Racing Through the Night on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Waldo Branch, 201 E. 75th St.
Sisson's presentation coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition now on display at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.
In his book Racing Through the Night Sisson looks at the construction of the two ships that were designed to dominate the North Atlantic shipping route, as well as the Olympic's first year at sea (it went into service 10 months before the Titanic). He also delves into the men who commanded these vessels, as well as the passengers and crew of both ships who were linked by the sea tragedy that was to unfold.
Sisson has been fascinated by the Titanic disaster since the sixth grade, when he read Walter Lord's classic A Night to Remember about the event. He joined the Titanic Historical Society just a few months before the wreckage of the Titanic was discovered in 1985.
He has taught classes on Titanic history and served as a volunteer guide when the first Titanic exhibit came to Union Station in 2000. Sisson lives in Overbrook, Kansas.
Admission is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407. Anyone who RSVPs for the event by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13, will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition on display at Union Station. You must be present to win.