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Helen Benziger Visits Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson










By: Monte Schisler, News Director
Posted: Friday, March 23, 2012

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson is remembering the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous cruise liner.  Special events are planned all year, including this week’s visit by Helen Benziger.  She is the great-grand-daughter of Hannibal native Margaret Tobin Brown – a woman, who at the age of 44 survived the tragic accident a century ago in the North Atlantic.

Benziger dedicated a room full of artifacts and family possessions yesterday during a day long event at the museum on Highway 76, where she greeted guests and signed copies of various Titanic related books and other mementos.

In an interview with HometownDailyNews.com, an emotional Benziger was asked what the public needs to know about her great-grand-mother:

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As the story goes, Margaret Tobin Brown at first refused to leave the sinking Titanic on April 15th, 1912 – instead helping others to the life rafts that were available.  Brown was then pushed to safety herself by a stranger, then communicating to her family back in the US that while the swimming was good – she was now high and dry and coming home. 

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Hundreds of thousands of people this year are expected to tour The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson – as the museum commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous cruise liner in theNorth Atlantic. 

One of the guests this week is Helen Benziger, the great-grand-daughter of Hannibal native Margaret Tobin Brown, who at the age of 44 survived the accident.

Benziger dedicated a special room at the museum, full of artifacts and family possessions.   In an interview with HometownDailyNews.com, Benziger says there’s much more to be known about her great-grand-mother, other than what was seen in the movies or written in books:

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Eye witness accounts from the sinking cruise liner April 15th, 1912 - pointed out that Margaret Tobin Brown at first refused to leave the Titanic, instead helping others make their way to available life rafts. Brown, was then pushed to safety herself by a stranger, who told her it was time to go.

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Helen Benziger first learned of her great-grand-mother while watching a 1960’s movie about The Titanic entitled the “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”.  What Benziger realized was that Margaret Tobin Brown, a character portrayed by Debbie Reynolds, was a 44 year old woman, who survived the sinking of the famous cruise liner in the North Atlantic.

Benziger decided to research her family tree, and found out there was more to Molly Brown, than what was seen on the big screen.

Benziger is in Branson this week sharing her story, while visiting the Titanic Museum Attraction on Highway 76, on this the 100th anniversary of the tragic accident.

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Benzinger dedicated a special room at the Titanic Museum in honor of her great-grand-mother, an exhibit full of artifacts and other Titanic treasures that are on display to the public, some for the first time in history.

The Titanic sank April 15th, 1912.

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The Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson is remembering the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the famous cruise liner.  Special events are planned all year, including this week’s visit by Helen Benziger.  She is the great-grand-daughter of Hannibal native Margaret Tobin Brown – a woman, who at the age of 44 survived the tragic accident a century ago in the North Atlantic.

Benziger dedicated a room full of artifacts and family possessions yesterday during a day long event at the museum on Highway 76, where she greeted guests and signed copies of various Titanic related books and other mementos.