Titanic artifact goes on display for first time since 1912

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Titanic’s first-class passenger Isidor Straus perished when the ship sank, but his watch medallion has been recovered and will be on display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Photos courtesy of Titanic Museum Attraction Pigeon Forge

On April 5, 2022, Titanic Museum Attraction will unveil the charm-shaped embellishment, which was once attached to Straus’ watch fob chain, to a gathering of selected members of the media, the great-great-grandson of Straus, David Kurzman, and others, marking the first time audiences will see him since 1912.

The locket is currently valued at $250,000 and will go on exclusive display at the museum after its big reveal, joining the collection of other important tragedy artifacts.

Titanic Museum Watch Pocket Medallion
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Kurzman will perform the unveiling and provide insight into how the power and influence of those close to him have helped shape American politics, as members of Congress, ambassadors, trustees, international delegates and philanthropists.

Isidor Straus and his brother Nathan were German Jewish immigrants who became co-founders of Macy’s department store in 1985. Isidor was also a congressman and the first president of the Education Alliance.

The artifact had been held privately, and now Pigeon Forge will be able to tell the story of Straus in the presence of this emotionally charged piece.

“The medallion was found hidden in the marketing mogul’s jacket pocket when he was pulled lifeless from the sea,” said Mary Kellogg-Joslyn, COO and co-owner of Titanic attractions. Museum in Pigeon Forge and Branson, Missouri. has remained in the possession of the descendants of the Straus family ever since, never seen by the public until now.

Isidor and Ida Straus were, Kellogg-Joslyn says, inseparable in life and in death. Ms Straus had the opportunity to board a lifeboat when the Titanic sank, but she refused to leave her husband, saying: “We have lived together for many years. Where are you going, I’m going.”

“To me, this magnificent artifact of the RMS Titanic is significant because it witnessed one of the greatest disasters in maritime history, as well as one of its greatest love stories,” Kellogg added. -Joslyn.

Titanic Museum Attraction curator Paul Burns learned of the medallion’s existence more than two decades ago.

“Paul has worked tirelessly since then to bring this artifact out of obscurity and into view for thousands of Titanic Museum Attraction devotees by displaying it on the ship,” Kellogg-Joslyn revealed.

Those wishing to view the watch medallion should make a reservation online at TitanicAttraction.com or by calling 800-381-7670.

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