Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Titanic Artifacts Coming to Memphis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Titanic Artifacts Coming to Memphis

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THE COVER of the brochure is chilling: The stately Titanic cruises above the water line, while below the giant iceberg lurks.

The unsinkable ship sank April 15, 1912. Starting April 3 at the Pyramid exhibition hall in Memphis, Tenn., you can see what is billed as the largest exhibition of Titanic artifacts ever on display.

Expeditions to the Titanic site in the North Atlantic between 1987 and 1994 recovered gold coins, silver dinnerware, fine china, crystal decanters, jewelry, a bronze cherub and delicate paper objects such as stock certificates and love letters. The show includes more than 300 objects recovered 2 1/2 miles below the ocean's surface. "Titanic: The Exhibit" will be on display at the Pyramid through Sept. 30. For information, call (800) 2-MEMPHIS (263-6744). Branson On Top The American Bus Marketplace in Portland, Ore., has just released its fifth survey. Motorcoach and tour operators gave Branson the No. 1 spot for best all-around city for motorcoach tours and voted it the most accommodating destination. Speaking of Branson, that city is expecting thousands to gather for its fifth annual Branson Fest, a seven-day spring festival that includes special comedy performances, musical concerts, outdoor activities, local art exhibitions, craft demonstrations and food tastings. Local celebrities will sign autographs, pose for pictures and provide a sneak preview of this year's new shows and attractions. It all begins March 18 and continues through March 23. For more information, call the Branson Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at (417) 334-4136. Jane Austen's World Jane Austen would probably be shocked to find how many people know her stories, now that we've been bombarded with movies and TV specials from "Sense and Sensibility" to "Pride and Prejudice." It's hard to believe she wrote only six books. If you've become a fan, you might enjoy the tour of England designed for members of the Jane Austen Society of North America. Local member Sandy Morris sent us the details. On the 12-day trip in June you'll see Steventon, Austen's birthplace; Derbyshire and the Peak District; you'll tour Chatsworth and visit Lyme Park. …

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