Renew the Presidents
We are now working to find interested donors to fund this new museum and give our Presidential busts the honor they deserve. This new attraction would not only showcase the current 43 former Presidents’ busts, but will hopefully include the following exhibits and more.
The bust of President Obama and
The next elected President
The Oval Office
The White House
The Stories of Former Secret Service Members
The First Ladies
Presidential Transportation (including an actual Presidential Limo and Air Force One)
Spy and Covert Operations Center
We may also leave some of the current busts distressed
2016: THE PLAN
The plan is to open a new museum and relocate these statues to a place where they can be seen by all. They need a new home that will draw in a larger crowd and help educate everyone about the lives of our great presidents. We want people to learn things about the presidents that most do not know — from their family lives to their greatest successes and even failures.
We would like the experience at the museum to be educational and enjoyable by using modern technology at each exhibit that would “talk” to visitors. The museum might also include a restaurant and possibly a theatre with live historic performances. The goal is to provide an attraction that will be a treasure for all who experience it and that is always changing so everyone will want to return.
In their current condition, the Presidential busts have been attracting the attention of many, including news reporters. Their relocation and Mother Nature have taken a toll on these busts, all of which can be repaired. Even in their darkest hour these busts are truly magnificent to see. One could only imagine how grand they will be when they are restored and moved to the right location.
The key to the Presidential busts new success will be a more exciting museum for them to be housed in. Alone they are a great site to see but to draw in a crowd we will need excitement.
Presidential Busts LLC is seeking campaign donations and is not a charity.
Howard Hankins on MSNBC showing the Presidential busts:
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I'd like to propose couple of different ideas: 1) That these be restored and then sent to National Parks; one each to 43 different parks. Tourists could then see each bust at a park relevant to that President in some way. This may also open up Federal grant money. 2) That these be restored and brought to Washington DC, and placed in and around the city at the various existing parks/squares/circles. Or, be placed in the various museums and points of interest (Lincoln at the Ford Theater for example, JFK at the Kennedy Center, etc. 3) Move them to Colonial Williamsburg, where there is already a huge audience. Find ways to tie each president in with the live history which is already on display there! Either way, I feel that these will NOT be a viable tourist destination; that is, I do not feel that they would bring in enough revenue to pay for sustainment of their own facility. Rather, I feel that they would best be seen & enjoyed as part of some already-existing attraction. I hope these ideas help spark some more thinking and perhaps some reshaping of the goals of this campaign, in order to garner more support for a more viable solution.
Adam, there are no guarantees it will succeed this time. But the first "museum" was merely an outdoor park carved out of rural land owned by one of the original collaborators. I think very little, if any, marketing and advertising was done. Plus, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, it failed as a tourist attraction partly "because it was hidden behind a hotel and was miles from Colonial Williamsburg." There was also the little matter of the recession, which came along 2 years after it opened. Even though one of the original Virginia contractors on that project, Howard Hankins, was hired to remove and crush the busts when that park went into foreclosure in 2010, instead he spent $50K of his own money carefully and painstakingly removing all 42 heads to his farm for storage. Just to be clear, each of these statues are 18 TO 20 FEET TALL and are made of about 7,500 pounds of reinforced steel and concrete! Hankins plans to restore the busts at an estimated cost of $8,000 to $10,000 each, including pedestals and relocation, and display them in a new interactive museum in Williamsburg or Northern Virginia. (He's been in discussions with Colonial Williamsburg officials.) So to fund this project and all the related additions and improvements mentioned above, he is seeking to raise $500,000. Perhaps if enough private citizens donate and share the story on social media, that -- along with the recent world-wide publicity and media attention generated when photos of the busts were published on the AbandonedEarth feed on Instagram -- will help build the momentum needed to get this "field of presidential hopefuls" out of the elements and back before the public where they belong. Surely such an inspired combination of kitschy Americana and educational purpose deserves a second chance to make it as a new and improved tourist attraction? To borrow an analogy from the RTD, as these giants of history stand now -- pockmarked, stained, crumbling (a timely metaphor for our insane election year, perhaps?) -- and gazing forlornly from a remote private farm in James City County, they're more like a sad, ghostly American version of Easter Island.
I see you have a plan but I suggest you consider keeping the statues in their current condition & creating an underwater museum, or "living reef." You could split them up and spread them around or keep them all together. It would be great for the environment & cost effective!
If you didn’t kick people out for just wanting to take a picture, maybe I would have donated to this fund...
I can't believe these cool sculptures are just hanging out in a field and no one will help you with funding. You should check with your state government and see if there is funding available. Are there private or federal grants? In our town, we wanted to built a replica of the Fort King Fort and they formed a committee of interested people and raised funds for years and finally, they just broke ground. Is there a local organization that might champion your project or could you form your own committee? Just my thoughts. Good luck!
WHAT IS " pircgse"
I would like to pircgse ronald Reagan
Have you ever heard of a website called Kickstart? I think this idea would do great there! Good luck its a fantastic idea