DENVER, July 2, 2008 — (BUSINESS WIRE)–WorthPoint Corporation, a Web-based social network and search engine for collectors, announced Wednesday that it will sponsor the “American Presidential Experience” during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 25-28.
The announcement was made at a news conference at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver hosted by Mayor John W. Hickenlooper and members of the Denver Convention Host Committee.
“WorthPoint is proud to be a sponsor of the 2008 American Presidential Experience, an event that brings people of all political persuasions together to celebrate democracy and the history of the American Presidency,” said Will Seippel, Chairman and CEO of WorthPoint.
The touring exhibition, organized by Jim Warlick, owns the Political Americana store on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, has thrilled millions of visitors to Democracy Plaza in Rockefeller Center; the North Carolina State Fair; the American Presidential Museum in Branson, Missouri; and Presidents Park in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Warlick is an expert “Worthologist” on American Presidential memorabilia for WorthPoint.
In August in Denver, visitors to the American Presidential Experience at INVESCO Field will be able to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office, walk through the cabin of Air Force One, see collections of historical flags, Presidential documents and First Lady Inaugural Ball gowns, hear some of the great Presidential speeches in history, meet the authors of Presidential biographies and books about the Presidency, and vote for the 2008 Presidential candidate of their choice in the USA Button Poll.
“WorthPoint is sponsoring the American Presidential Experience because we believe in giving back,” Seippel told the news conference. “WorthPoint is a community of people of people around the world who collect art, antiques and collectibles. Most of us started in the collectible world because we had a fascination with history and history will be made in Denver with the Democratic convention.
“As the father of five children, I’m especially excited about the interactive exhibits that will give young people a deeper understanding of the rights and responsibilities of democracy,” said Seippel. “Years from now, people will show their children and grandchildren their photos from when they were kids on Air Force One or sitting behind the desk in the Oval office. Memorabilia from this event will be bought and sold and collectors will be doing what they always do, helping preserve the tangible aspects of our history. And WorthPoint will be there to help them.”
WorthPoint is a Web 2.0-based data and media company serving collectors around the world. WorthPoint’s Web site (www.worthpoint.com) offers a vast database of sales records on art, antiques and collectibles and enables members to contact other collectors interested in buying, selling or swapping stories. It helps collectors share their insights, knowledge and build collecting communities. WorthPoint fills an information void for these collectors by helping them understand the history and worth of their items and provides expert advice on how to preserve these items. WorthPoint also serves as a front end, to monetize them, on the WorthPoint Web site, at its partner auction houses or eBay or other online sites.
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