Copy of the U.S. Constitution belonging to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
This hammer was used by President Jimmy Carter while building houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Bat belonging to 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and winning World Series team member, Dustin Pedroia
Jay Leno used this Neumann microphone in broadcast conversations on the set of the Tonight Show with guests ranging from Robin Williams, Robert Downing, Jr., Toby Keith, and Rod Stewart to Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.
Soccer cleat belonging to U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team leader and Olympian Mia Hamm
Sam Bush unveils his mandolin in the "Instruments of American Excellence" exhibit and participates in a narrative stage at the Kentucky Museum. Photo courtesy of William Kolb.
Liza Minnelli wore these jeweled, high heel sandals during her Tony Award winning performance in The Act (1977-78), directed by Martin Scorsese.
The Instruments of American Excellence Exhibit opened to the public on September 21, 2012. WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell was joined at the ribbon-cutting by exhibit contributors.
The Instruments of American Excellence exhibit opened to the public on September 21, 2012. WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell addressed a large crowd of contributors, community leaders and fans at the grand opening celebration.
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A collection of the original instruments by which Americans have achieved extraordinary
This unique collection showcases the ordinary means by which Americans from many fields
of study have achieved extraordinary things-- the actual "tools" that have shaped
the course of this nation's history. Serving to educate and inspire, these items remind
us that the actual instruments used by the highest of achievers are not magical or
highly unusual, but rather that the attainment of excellence is often achieved only
by the imagination and perseverance that personify the American spirit.
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