About the Event
The Titanic 100
An International Centennial Event
This April, the attention of the world will focus on the 100-year anniversary of the second-most famous ship in world history—the R.M.S Titanic. Next to Noah’s Ark, no other seagoing vessel has captured the imagination of so many. Certainly no event in history has done more to remind Western culture of the Christian doctrine of “women and children first.” Now, on the centennial anniversary of Titanic’s demise, the international obsession over the famed ocean liner is set to reach a feverish pitch as new books on Titanic are published, popular Titanic films are re-released, and a spate of Titanic commemorative events are scheduled to be held around the globe. But only one international event will be dedicated to presenting a distinctively Christian message with a historical interpretation designed to inspire the next generation to embrace and advance the ideal that men should sacrifice for women and children.
Today, Vision Forum Ministries and the Christian Boys’ and Men’s Titanic Society are pleased to invite you to join us for the Titanic 100: An International Centennial Event—the family event of the year. The Titanic 100 is a living history, home education, commemorative experience, replete with dramatic performances, music of the 1912 era, stirring messages, costume events, stories your children will remember, an interactive journey through the greatest Titanic museum in the world, and a fabulous anniversary banquet cruise on a steamer (that we hope will not sink), as we remember the 100-year anniversary of the R.M.S. Titanic.
A Celebration to Remember
Every element of the Titanic 100 is designed to leave your family with stories they will retain for the rest of their lives, inspiring them to remember the heroism of the past and to embrace a fundamental principle of Christian civilization—that women and children are to be honored and protected. From the live music presented throughout the event, to our interactive events with re-enactors, to our vintage Edwardian Ladies Tea and more, you will have an opportunity to walk back in time and harvest pearls of inspiration from the providential history of a civilization that once rejected the notion of the “struggle for survival of the fittest” in favor of the “strong sacrifice for the weak.”
In an age when life is so devalued and both manhood and womanhood is held cheap, we must take the time to cast vision for the next generation. The 100th anniversary of the Titanic provides us with just such a landmark opportunity.
Enjoy Branson and the Lawrence Welk Resort
For the Titanic 100 we have selected one of America’s most famous family resort locations—Branson, Missouri—and headquartered our time at the delightful and very affordable Lawrence Welk Resort. Beautiful Branson is known for its inexpensive and family-accommodating environment that allows visitors to enjoy many diverse and exciting activities.
Meet the Men and Women of the Titanic
In 2009, Vision Forum Ministries brought you our team of reenactors for the Reformation 500. This year our team returns, but as the fascinating characters who have gone down in history as the passengers from the R.M.S. Titanic’s once and only journey. Now you can meet them and learn their stories as they lead you on a treasure hunt through history. Oh—and please feel free to come in vintage costume. Our team loves to meet their friends from 1912.
Visit the World’s Largest Titanic Attraction
Visit the Branson Titanic—the world’s largest and best Titanic attraction—for an interactive experience that will allow you to become a passenger on the giant ocean liner’s tragic maiden voyage. As you enter, you’ll be handed a ticket with the name of one of the Titanic’s passengers that you can hold onto while you explore. While inside the museum, you’ll encounter hundreds of authentic artifacts taken directly from the ship’s decks, halls, and rooms, as well as dozens of interactive activities to make learning about the Titanic fun for children and adults alike. Make your way through the exhibits to the Memorial Room where you’ll find out if your passenger was a survivor of the sinking of the ship.*
Stories and Messages You and Your Children Will Never Forget
One of the best ways to preserve the best legacies of a civilization is through stories. We remember the stories that fire our imagination and teach us the most important values that will sustain us in times of blessing and want. At the Titanic 100, prepare to receive inspirational messages and story after story from veteran speakers, story-tellers, and historians like Bill Potter, Doug Phillips, Kevin Swanson, and others.
A Night to Remember at the Welk Theatre
Join us at the Lawrence Welk Theatre for an unforgettable evening. Watch as homeschool children from around the country perform “Women and Children First,” a humorous, uplifting, and memorable play that illustrates the principle of “women and children first” through the engaging stories of Titanic’s passengers and crew. Also, join us for a special screening of A Night to Remember, the classic film based on Walter Lord’s bestselling book that tells the true story of what happened on Titanic’s maiden voyage. In contrast to the revisionist history portrayed in Cameron’s Titanic, this cinematic masterpiece depicts the real heroism of men who sacrificed for women and children. And, you are sure to enjoy the inspiring ballads performed by Charlie Zahm and Tad Marks.
Rousing Ballads and Music of the Era
The music of the 1912 Edwardian era was diverse, ranging from beautiful waltzes, to sentimental songs about mother and home, to memorable hymnody, and even the revival of classic opera arias made popular by a new invention: the phonograph.
Throughout the Titanic 100 Celebration you will experience music of the era from various musicians and performers. Our featured musicians are America’s favorite Celtic Balladeer Charlie Zahm, who will be accompanied by accomplished fiddler Tad Marks. Join Charlie and Tad at the Lawrence Welk Theatre and on the Showboat Branson Belle as they regale listeners with rousing ballads of bravery and memorable jigs and folk songs from the past.
Gala “Floating” Banquet and
Celebration on the Branson Belle
The culmination of our celebration takes place on the evening of April 14 when you board the showboat Branson Belle for an unforgettable on-deck dinner and gala celebration as we cruise Table Rock Lake and remember the legacy of the Titanic and commemorate the precise moment to the minute, one hundred years later, that Titanic hit the iceberg.
Come “dressed in your best” and prepare for a great feast and an evening of tribute and celebration complete with diverse performances, sing-alongs from the 1912 era, poetry, and rousing vintage music representative of what would have been favorites from the passengers of the First Class, Second Class, and Steerage decks.
Enjoy an Edwardian Ladies Tea
Imagine what it would have been like to be a lady preparing for a great voyage on board the Titanic. Travel back in time with us to the year 1912 for a special Ladies Edwardian Tea, to be hosted at the beautiful Chateau on the Lake.
When you enter, please feel free to join the ladies in their vintage white tea dresses, or come as visitors from the future world of the 21st century. Very young ladies are invited to join host Virginia Phillips at the young ladies tea table for a special tea time. Bring your favorite doll as a special guest.
Have Fun: Come in Costume!
Whether you’re attending the Ladies Tea or preparing to be a lady’s escort for Titanic’s maiden voyage, we invite you to come in costume. Don the attire of a real passenger, crewman, or some other famous personage—or simply wear an outfit from the period. There’s no obligation—but it will be a lot of fun.
The Titanic 100:A Once-in-a-Century Event
In a day when men shirk sacrifice and we send our women into combat, the doctrine and legacy of “women and children first” have been all but been abandoned. It’s high time we remember and reclaim this foundational principle. Your children need to hear about how they can be part of the great work to encourage men to be defenders of women and children in the 21st Century.
The Titanic Centennial will only happen once. Stand with us at this important moment in time as we honor the ancient chivalric code of male sacrifice. Help plant this vital message in the hearts and minds of your children and leave a legacy of “women and children first” to future generations. Help us give a message to the world that, though many have forgotten the bravery of those men who made the ultimate sacrifice aboard Titanic in April of 1912, we will not forget.
Breaking News and Additional Information
Join us on the Evening of April 12 for Special Event at the Branson Titanic Museum
The World famous Branson Titanic Museum has just opened itself up for the exclusive use of the Christian Boy’s and Men’s Titanic Society Titanic 100 event on April 12 (Thursday) between 6 and 9 in the evening. This is a rare private use of the museum made extra special by the fact that it is on the weekend of the 100th anniversary. Our reenactors will be throughout the museum and will interact with you and help you through a treasure hunt as you make your own Titanic voyage. This is a very unique opportunity to enjoy the museum, our special hunt, and a distinctively Christian interpretation of the historical events of April, 1912. You don’t want to miss it. Ticket prices for this event are not included in the admission for Titanic 100, but can be purchased in advance on our website or at the door (limited quantity) for $18 for adults and $10 for children 12 to 5 years old (a reduced rate from the normal price of $25 per adult, and $75 and $35 an adult on the anniversary date.
Other Titanic Museum Opportunities
Those who can not attend the exclusive Titanic 100 pre-conference event at the Branson Titanic Museum, are encouraged to attend Saturday afternoon between 1:00 and 5:00, on the 100th anniversary. Special commemorative 100th anniversary tickets are available for $35 from the museum. Call (800) 381-7670 to reserve your tickets. Attendees might also consider visiting the museum on Friday morning between 9:00 and Noon. Please note that the Ladies Titanic Tea begins at 10:30 AM on Friday, for those who want to attend that event.
The Ladies Tea
We invite you to join us for the special “First Class Ladies’ tea” to be held at the lovely Chateau on the Lake hosted by Beall Phillips, by registering here. Seating is limited. $35 per seat. Buy a table of 8 for the price of seven. 10:30am-12:15 pm/Chateau on the Lake.