North Carolina Man Brings American Presidential Experience Traveling Exhibition to Democratic National Convention

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The American Presidential Experience, a traveling interactive exhibit about the American Presidency, includes one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, life-size replicas of the presidential quarters aboard Air Force One and the Oval Office, Harry S. Truman's presidential limousine, a collection of first ladies' gowns, and celebrity book author signings. The American Presidential Experience is part of the events and activities associated with Denver's hosting of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

The American Presidential Experience exhibit is managed by owner James Warlick of Asheville, NC. Warlick has had a love of politics from an early age and has opened 6 political memorabilia stores in Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Washington, and Georgetown from 1989 to 2008. In 2000, Warlick helped the city of Philadelphia coordinate the first "political fest"-type event for its national convention. Exhibits included an Air Force One replica, first ladies' gowns, a presidential limousine, and a political memorabilia collection. Following 9/11, numerous school trips to Washington, D.C. were canceled. In response, Warlick purchased many of Philadelphia's Political Fest displays, and opened the American Presidential Museum in Branson, Missouri. This exhibit became the foundation for The American Presidential Experience, which began traveling the country in 2006.

Exhibits include:

Declaration of Independence

One of 25 original copies of the Declaration of Independence will be on display.

Harry S. Truman's Presidential Limousine
President Truman's official 1950 Lincoln limousine is displayed with important historical documentation and photographs.

Oval Office
A full-size replica of the White House Oval Office allows visitors to sit behind the president's desk and sign a bill into law - don't forget your camera.

Air Force One
Visitors can tour a full-scale replica of the fuselage of Air Force One - don't forget your camera.

John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy exhibits

This special exhibit includes numerous personal items owned by the president and first lady.

Florida Voting Machine
See one of the original, controversial voting machines from the 2000 Presidential Election.

First Ladies' Gowns

An exhibition of replicated inaugural gowns worn by first ladies.

Hail to the Chief: Take the Oath of Office
Visitors can experience taking the Oath of Office and being sworn in as president.

Presidential Chairs
See replicas of five chairs used by President Abraham Lincoln, President John F. Kennedy, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Thomas Jefferson, and President Woodrow Wilson.

Worthpoint Political Memorabilia Appraisals
Bring political collections to the American Presidential Experience; have them evaluated by Worthologists and get the opportunity to sell them in daily auctions.

Three Centuries of Political Memorabilia
Rare and authentic posters, buttons and other political memorabilia from the 18th to the 21st centuries from the American Political Collectors Association will be on display.

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Mobile Exhibit
A 2,500-square-foot interactive commemoration of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln in a mobile educational exhibit.

C-SPAN'S Campaign 2008 Bus
The C-SPAN Bus brings the world of public affairs into communities nationwide. The 45-foot bus is equipped with mobile multi-media demonstration centers and TV production units that can be used as studios during live programs, such as C-SPAN's Washington Journal.

Suffragette Exhibit
Photos, documents, buttons, ribbons and political memorabilia from the historic struggle for women's right to vote.

First Ladies' Exhibits
A collection of historic memorabilia of first ladies during their time in the White House.

White House Entertaining
A formal display of White House china table settings from eight different administrations.

Presidential Shoes
From Johnston-Murphy Shoe Company comes eight pairs of shoes including those worn by Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and other presidents.

Presidential Bio Panels
Educational boards representing each president and his life and times while in office, and memorabilia for each.

Talking Presidential Heads
Ask questions of select presidents and see how they answer in this interactive exhibit.

Voting Station
Children can learn about political issues, cast a live vote and have it immediately tabulated in this interactive format.

White House Touching Façade
White House façade where children can reach through openings and guess what the item is on the other side.

Lincoln Logs
Children can play with Lincoln Logs and build a frontier village.

White House Murals
Large prints, eight feet high, depict the Blue Room, Red Room, Yellow Room and others in the White House.

Authentic Signed Documents (During Presidency) by Every President
Authentic signed documents from every American president while they were in office. This is one of the rarest collections of presidential documents assembled. This collection has just been released for public viewing after storage in a bank vault.

Author Signings
Authors will be on hand to sign books written about American politics and the presidency.

Dozens of vendors of memorabilia and unique products will be available for sale to the public.


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