A Titanic Weekend at the Kansas City Public Library

All Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24 and remain closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Commemorate the centennial of the sinking of the "unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic with these free events at the Kansas City Public Library, April 13-15, 2012.

Howard Iceberg & the Titanics: Welcome Aboard!
Friday, April 13, 2012
6:30pm @ Central Library - Rooftop Terrace*

Mainstays of the local music scene for 30 years, Howard Iceberg and the Titanics offer a set of original songs and tributes to the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the performance. *In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to Helzberg Auditorium.


Watch a YouTube video of Howard singing his own version of the folk song “Titanic (It Was Sad When That Great Ship Went Down)” set to clips from famous cinematic retellings of the story.

Wade Sisson: Racing Through the Night
Saturday, April 14, 2012
1 p.m. @ Waldo Branch

Wade Sisson reveals the history of the Olympia, the Titanic’s sister ship, which raced 300 miles in a desperate effort to save the passengers and crew. Sisson teaches classes in Titanic history and has been a member of the Titanic Historical Society for more
than 25 years.

Titanic Lives: Kristen Iversen and Julie Hedgepeth Williams discuss survivors of the Titanic
Sunday, April 15, 2012
2 p.m. @ Central Library

Kristen Iversen discusses her biography of Titanic survivor Molly Brown, a Missouri native and denizen of Denver’s Gilded Age who spoke out for women, children, and mine workers. Iversen is director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Memphis. Julie Hedgepeth Williams follows the lives of her great-uncle and his family, who found themselves on the Titanic after abandoning their work as missionaries in Thailand. Williams is a professor of journalism at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

Titanic Ticket Giveaway

These events are being held in conjunction with Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition on display through September 3, 2012, at Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Rd.


For more information on the voyage of the Titanic, please visit http://www.uscitizenship.info/titanics-immigration-to-the-united-states/.