Presidents Hall of Fame
special Report by Melanie Archibald
much like anything ever written by Shakespeare, there are a million unlike ways to interpret the President ‘s Hall of Fame. Is it an aging Florida tourist trap, or a surprising collection in the shape of a museum ?
well, ca n’t it be both ?
On our visit, we were welcomed by a build that seemed to be a model version of the White House, though this one trumps the original by including a giant mural of Ronald Reagan on the side. After passing a replica of the Lincoln Memorial statue and heaving open the disturbingly heavy front doorway, we were greeted with a gift shop of wonderfully random items. nowhere else can you buy a GW Bush action digit, a miniature chest of drawers, and a replica ( the Presidents Hall of Fame has a fortune of replica ) of an old tin toy dog … and all at the like time !
Ms. Carol Howe, director of the Hall for the final 12 years, was kind enough to answer a few questions. According to Howe, the President ‘s Hall of Fame was adapted in 1960 from the House of Presidents, a wax museum located here, in order to house owner John Zweifel ‘s celebrated miniature White House replica ( unfortunately, when we visited, the White House was on lend elsewhere ) .
Howe has an obvious sexual love for the Hall, and it ‘s comfortable to see why. The museum has a sealed spell to it. There are wax figurines all around the place of Presidents standing following to milky white glamor mannequins in their wives ‘ dresses. The Presidents are done well adequate to be identifiable, and stand kind of drooping, but I ‘m not certain if that was the effect of time on wax, or merely because most presidents are old men. digression from the life-size figures, there are knee-deep President statuettes, and dame and miniature scale versions. so enjoy your Presidents at your favored size.
You can view replica of White House china, collectible election memorabilia, and even a replica of a replica of Lincoln ‘s face. There are some noteworthy “ next-to-famous ” authentic artifacts, such as Seat H-7 from the Ford Theater, “ where Lincoln was assassinated. ” There ‘s even a protected-by-glass tray of cookies in animal and gingerbread people shapes, acquired from an actual 2007 White House Holiday Reception .
My favored displays were the miniature versions of the White House rooms, though. The level of detail on them was actually great. They all seemed to be mental picture perfect, judge by adjacent photos of the real rooms posted for comparison, with each poster giving a specific date for what administration it was taken from. evening the bantam documents mounted on the walls appeared to be precisely the same as their real life counterparts .
The Hall has a batch in it that seems out of place for a President ‘s museum, though — which can be viewed either as a digression, or a bonus drawing card .
Zweifel ‘s true forte was in the kingdom of miniature replica, which is obvious from the here and now you set eyes on a miniature winter wonderland in the beginning of the museum. Towards the end of the museum you ‘ll find an even broader assortment of non-Presidential items, such as a puppet indicate that looks like it was taken directly out of the Sound of Music, and an electrically animate miniature circus .
early notables include the wax head of Mark Twain ( which I guess was included because he was american ) and an absolutely terrifying cardboard photograph cutout of Hillary Clinton. True, Senator Clinton has decidedly played a part in past and present Presidential happenings, but that ‘s no reason to put up a giant prototype of her looking like she ‘s trying to figure out the best way to eat your mind.
In the end, I ‘d have to say that the Presidents Hall of Fame is a neat way to spend an good afternoon, though I can credibly hold out for my adjacent travel to until 2017 — to see how they treat the 45th President .
Field Report by Melanie Archibald, a Florida high school sophomore studying journalism and developing an taste of her country ‘s wayside attractions .