The IAE Exhibit debuted Friday, September 21, 2012
It's difficult to imagine what a typewriter, a skateboard, a telescope, and a space suit could possibly have in common. While at first glance it is difficult to make a connection, they are all part of a fascinating new collection that opened on September 21, 2012 at the Kentucky Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University. This exhibit is the only one of its kind and is designed to educate and inspire. It features hundreds of original items – the actual instruments that shaped American history – that successful Americans used on their path to extraordinary achievements.
In virtually every field of study, many of the greatest American icons of our time have personally made generous contributions to this collection.
The exhibit will be permanently housed at the Kentucky Museum and features items from prominent figures from across America. For the music lover, there are items used by Elvis Presley, Sam Bush, and Charlie Daniels; sports and entertainment connoisseurs will be delighted to see a baseball bat swung by American League MVP Dustin Pedroia, skateboard donated by Tony Hawk, one of Jack Nicklaus's golf clubs, or a tennis racket from Chris Evert; and those interested in history and politics will appreciate a hand-written note from President Abraham Lincoln and Sandra Day O'Connor's personal copy of the U.S. Constitution.
The brainchild of Bowling Green resident Dan Murph, this collection is becoming a reality after many months of hard work, research, and requests. All items in the special collection were donated or loaned by the people to whom they belong, and the collection will continue to grow and evolve over time.
"It is a testament to President Ransdell's success as a leader that he was willing to embrace an out-of-the-box idea from someone he did not even know at the time," Murph said. "Once we collected a few incredible pieces and it was evident that the concept was going to work, a small team was brought on board and the collection began growing at an impressive rate."
The Kentucky Museum is open Monday thru Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm and Sunday 1 - 4 pm.
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