This year is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I got a chance to go see Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Luxor in Las Vegas. It’s a museum quality exhibit with artifacts from the wreckage, and stories of the people who died when the ship sank.
I’m kinesthetic, which means I learn by hands on. Touching something tells me a story. Most museums are a little flat for me, with pictures stuck on the walls. As I was walking around the Titanic exhibit, I discovered a large piece of ice, probably about 6 feet long. A sign said, “Please Touch,” so I did. At first, my fingers felt smoothness, and cold. Ice. No story though. Just ice. Then I touched it again.
And got the story. Of people in the water, in the icy cold, knowing that there was no hope. That in minutes they were going to freeze to death. Suddenly I was there, 100 years ago, knowing what they had experienced and understanding what they went through when they died.
QUESTION FOR YOU: But with the 100th anniversary, it makes wonder about passage of time: Do you think the lure of the Titanic will eventually pass into history, or is going to be something like the Civil War — something future generations will never forget?