Titanic‘s Last Dinner Reenacted Tonight

Posted: November 14, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

On April 14, 1912, 1,503 passengers of the R.M.S. Titanic died in the frozen waters of the North Atlantic. Tonight, students in Aaron Gillett’s European history course, The World of the Titanic, will recreate the fated cruise liner’s last dinner at an eight-course plated dinner in the Johnson Center Multipurpose Room.

Two weeks ago, each student was given the name of a first-class passenger to research. Dressed in formal attire (tuxedos and ball gowns and in some cases, authentic costumes from the early 20th century), students will assume the roles of their assigned passengers and dine like aristocrats. They will be served by waiters in white gloves, and dine on gold-lined plates, with real silver, and crisp white linens. Even the menu items and music will match what the Titanic‘s passengers ate and listened to the night the ship went down.

The World of the Titanic course examines the science, art, politics, and culture of the Edwardian Era as the background to the study of the Titanic, the fate of its only voyage, the lives of its passengers, and the world in which they lived. The class also studies the culture of the time as well as life aboard a ship.

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