A coat from a passenger on the Titanic to go onstage

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A coat from a passenger on the Titanic to go onstage

Postby Andrew Clarkson » Thu May 04, 2017 5:37 pm

COTTAGE GROVE — A local piece of history will soon enjoy an audience of thousands.

Since 1993, the Cottage Grove Historical Museum has displayed a more than century-old coat owned by longtime resident Marion Wright Woolcott. She wore the wool, burgundy-colored coat on her 1912 joruney from England to her new home in Cottage Grove, on a ship whose name is now etched in history: the Titanic.

After the museum received a small grant in January to improve its display for the coat, the museum received an interesting phone call, museum board president Becky Venice said.

On the other line was an official from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum in Southern California.

“They contacted us and said they were going to do this Titanic exhibit that starts May 27,” Venice said. “They wanted to know if we would be willing to loan them our coat.”

The Reagan Library features decades of archives and millions of photographs documenting Reagan’s life and political career. But the center also includes a massive museum with permanent exhibits about Reagan, and several rotating exhibits honoring American history. Later this month it will launch an exhibit through January telling the story of the Titanic’s ill-fated voyage.

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