WorthPoint will co-sponsor the American Presidential Experience during the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August. The announcement was made at a news conference hosted by Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper and the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee.
The unique touring exhibition, curated by Jim Warlick, owner of the Political Americana store just a block from the White House, has thrilled millions of visitors to Democracy Plaza in New York City’s Rockefeller Center; the North Carolina State Fair; the American Presidential Museum in Branson, Mo.; and Presidents Park in Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
Jim Warlick speaking at the American Presidential Experience press conference
Warlick, who also serves as an expert “Worthologist” on American presidential memorabilia for WorthPoint, said that the American Presidential Experience “will provide families with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience American presidential history with more than 30 exciting and interactive exhibits.”
From August 22-29, visitors to the American Presidential Experience at Denver’s 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.
As part of the American Presidential Experience, experts from WorthPoint will be on hand to evaluate items brought in by the public. Additionally, those at the exhibit will have the opportunity to auction off their items. “We want to give the public a chance to dust off those antiques from generations past to see if there is any monetary worth to them,” said WorthPoint founder and CEO Will Seippel. “You never know when you might find a treasure in your attic, the closet, the basement or the garage.”
Mayor Hickenlooper said, “Denver is very excited to be welcoming the American Presidential Experience, which is a celebration of America’s history and its political process. This exhibit is one of the best examples of what I’ve seen on how you make democracy alive and real. It’s part political museum, part political education center and part political playground.” Elbra Wedgeworth, chair of the host committee, called the exhibit “an amazing private collection of presidential memorabilia.”
Mayor John Hickenlooper at the American Presidential Experience press conference
Randy Herbstreit, a seventh-grade teacher in the Boulder Valley School District, said that as a classroom teacher, he thinks that the American Presidential Experience “is an incredibly valuable presentation. Students will be able to see many things that they have only read about and never seen. Being in the Oval Office will leave students with a lasting impression that I can’t provide by just opening a book and lecturing to them.”
“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 Seippel. “The exhibit is incredible: It covers 232 years of American history, going all the way back to 1776 and the founding of our nation.”
Will Seippel at the American Presidential Experience press conference
“We are co-sponsoring this exhibit because we believe in giving back,” Seippel told the news conference. “WorthPoint is a community of people around the world who collect art, antiques and collectibles. Most of us started in the collectibles 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 riding 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 heritage. And WorthPoint will be there to help them.”