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Curator's Talk: Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:30PM

South Street Seaport Museum
Melville Gallery
213 Water Street
New York, NY 10038

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Curator's Talk: Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914

Join the Seaport Museum's historian and curator of Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 for an in-depth look at the exhibition and New York’s special relationship with ocean liners.

About the Exhibition

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century.

Ships like Titanic, Olympic, Lusitania, Mauretania, Aquitania, and Imperator dominated transatlantic travel. On each voyage, they transported thousands of people, First-Class passengers sailed across the Atlantic in the lap of luxury while Third-Class passengers made the voyage in the stuffy lower decks.

From 1900 to 1914, nearly 13 million immigrants traveling in Third Class arrived in the United States. During this same period, America’s wealthiest citizens, totaling no more than a hundred thousand passengers each year, traveled to Europe in First Class, spending over $11.5 billion (2017) on luxury vacations. Even though First Class and Third Class sailed on the same ships, their journeys were worlds apart.

Please got to the Melville Gallery at 213 Water Street. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Reception to follow the talk.