EAST PEORIA — ‘Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition’ opens in late fall at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.  Previews of the exhibit are on display now at Morton Community Bank’s Main Bank on Jackson Street in Morton and at Fondulac Bank on Clock Tower Drive in East Peoria.

“We are pleased and honored that this exciting exhibit is being presented by Hometown Community Banks,” said Jean Ann Honegger, Co-CEO and group president of Morton Community Bank. “Even though the Titanic sank more than 100 years ago, people are still fascinated with the history of the ‘unsinkable ship.’  The stories of those who perished and those who survived remain compelling to this day.”

“Because the artifacts in the museum exhibit are priceless, the objects in the previews are reproductions,” said Bruce Huber, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Morton Community Bank.  “The full museum exhibit will consist of actual items salvaged from the wreckage. The museum display will focus on legendary human stories as told through artifacts and extensive room re-creations.  Perfume from a maker who was traveling to New York to sell his samples, china etched with the logo of the elite White Star Line — these artifacts and many other authentic objects offer haunting, emotional connections to lives abruptly ended or forever altered.”