"There isn't an age group that isn't fascinate by Titanic," Historic Society Board President Allen Shirley says.
1,517 lives were lost on the Titanic's voyage to America.
A trip Allen Shirley has spent the last 5 years trying to recreate with his Titanic collection. Some items in his collection were found in ships wreckage 14,000 feet below the ocean.
"If we don't preserve history or hold on it, then eventually the day will come where we wonder why we didn't preserve and hold on to what we had," Shirley says.
Shirley's is holding a Joplin Titanic Gala to raise money for the Joplin Museum Complex.
It's a night Shirley hopes will strike a cord with the Joplin community.
"The people of Joplin can understand this a little bit better than the average person," Shirley says. "Those persons standing on the deck of the Titanic had no idea this tragedy awaited
them anymore than those of us who got up that morning of May 22nd."
The message is to make each day count.
Anyone is invited to attend the Joplin Titanic Gala.
A string quartet will be playing music from the ship, along with actors portraying jack and rose from the movie.
The event is tomorrow, Saturday 14th at Joplin's City Hall from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. 1,516