Presidential Dog Memorabilia Moves to New Home
Items such as a portrait of Nixon’s dog and a collage of Eisenhower’s Weimaraner will relocate to new museum in Virginia.
Posted: January 8, 2008, 5 a.m. EST
A few presidential pets will get a new address when the Presidential Pet Museum closes later this month.
A lock of fur from Ronald Reagan’s Bouvier des Flandres Lucky and a photo of Herbert Hoover’s police dog King Tut are among items that will be moved from the Annapolis, Md., museum to Presidents Park in Williamsburg, Va., which is home to a collection of 7,000-pound, 18-foot-tall busts of all 43 presidents.
Also moving to the museum, which opened in 2004, is a collage of Dwight D. Eisenhower and his Weimaraner Heidi, as well as a portrait of Richard Nixon and his dog Checkers.
Everette H. Newman III, co-owner of Presidents Park, bought the items from Claire McLean, who has run the Presidential Pet Museum since 1999. “We kind of have a broad view of presidential history,” Newman told the Associated Press. “Anything that has to do with presidents, we like to have it here at Presidents Park.”
Presidents Park attracted 50,000 to 60,000 visitors last year, Newman said.
Newman plans to have the presidential pet memorabilia on display by Presidents’ Day, Feb. 18.
For more information, visit www.presidentspark.org
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