Hickory – On April 10, 1912, R.M.S. Titanic sailed away from Southhampton, England into legend. The ship struck an iceberg and sank on April 15, 1912, leading to the death of over 1500 people.

On March 4, at 6:30 pm, Dr. Melinda Ratchford will give you a glimpse into the world of Titanic. Titanic’s passengers included some of the richest people in the world. She was one of the most luxurious and largest ships ever built. Ratchford will share stories about the building, launch and sinking of Titanic as well as introducing listeners to some of the passengers.

Dr. Ratchford will also bring her extensive collection of Titanic memorabilia. Dr. Melinda Ratchford is a North Carolina native with a background in the North Carolina Public School system and she is a retired Associate Professor of Belmont Abbey College. Ratchford has studied R.M.S. Titanic for many years. Her travels have taken her to places associated with the legendary ship, including the site in the North Atlantic where Titanic sank.

The Titanic: Ship of Dreams program is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.  For more information, call 304-0500 ext. 7235.  Patrick Beaver Memorial Library is located at 375 3rd Street NE on the SALT Block.