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Raleigh author and relative of Titanic survivor Albert Caldwell shares story at Museum

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Titanic descendant brings the story of her great-uncle to life in “A Rare Titanic Family,” Thursday, October 11

Julie Hedgepeth Williams shares the story of Albert Caldwell in a lecture and book signing at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

(Raleigh)—Raleigh native and author, Julie Hedgepeth Williams’ new book, “A Rare Titanic Family” chronicles the life of her great-uncle Albert Caldwell, who survived the Titanic disaster, along with his wife and baby. Albert was 26 years old at the time and lived to be 91. He spoke publicly about the Titanic from 1912 to 1976, and one of his last speeches was given in Raleigh at St. Giles Church in Oak Park near Crabtree Valley. He is buried in Greenville, North Carolina, where many of his relatives live today.

Williams will give a talk at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in the 1st floor auditorium of the main building. Free. The talk will be followed by Q & A from the audience and an opportunity to meet the author, buy the book and get it signed. The Museum now stays open late on Thursdays and First Fridays until 9 p.m.

Williams, who gives the presentation in 1912 costume, graduated from Sanderson High School in 1977. She says while she is always honored to share her great-uncle’s story with people all over the country, she is pleased to be back in her home town to share his story while “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is here at the Museum. “I heard the story from him firsthand dozens of times and audiences are always thrilled to hear me tell it. The cover of the book shows the Caldwell family on the deck of the Titanic on sailing day. The rare photo came to my mother when Albert died.”

Since “A Rare Titanic Family” was published, the book has received excellent reviews and is now in its second printing.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition runs through April 28, 2013. Tickets: $14 for Adults; $11 for Seniors (65+), Students and Military; $9 for Children (3-12); $8 for Museum Members. *Discounted tickets on Thursday nights. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://naturalsciences.org/titanic or call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950.


RMS Titanic Inc. has a singular purpose: to faithfully and respectfully preserve the memory of Titanic and of all who sailed with her. Over the past 15 years, more than 22 million people have seen this powerful exhibition in major museums worldwide — from Chicago to Los Angeles and Paris to London. RMS Titanic Inc. is the only company permitted by law to recover objects from the wreck of the Titanic. In all activities and events related to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, the Museum of Natural Sciences wishes to remember and honor those whose lives were lost due to the Titanic’s tragic sinking 100 years ago. 

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (11 W. Jones St.) and its new wing, the Nature Research Center (121 W. Jones St.) in downtown Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of North Carolina through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit the Museum on the Web at www.naturalsciences.org. The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman., Secretary.

Publish Date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2012