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A Rare Titanic Family

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Oct. 11, 2012 | Thursday, 7:00pm
Location: Museum of Natural Sciences - Museum Auditorium

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

A Rare Titanic Family: The Caldwell's Story of Survival by Julie Hegepeth WilliamsRaleigh 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 pm. 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 pm.

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 or call the Museum Box Office at 919.707.9950.