Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 86
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 86

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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200 YEARS 3H --June 20,1976 Sunday Gazette-Mail ._ 1 Charleston, West Virginia Trip Through Freedom Train Covers Our Nation's History The "train that took 200 years to build" will be in South Charleston this week. Ready to go and see what it's all about? You park at the Charleston Ordnance Center and notice, as you approach the colorful American Freedom Train, the musical montage of American sound songs of the Revolution to New Orleans jazz, show tunes to current folk rock. It's your turn to step inside and you're greeted by a hostess in a red, white and blue outfit. The trip on the moving walkway beings and you see: Car 1, The Beginning--Through the window of an 18th century printshop are visible a 1756 edition of "Poor Richard's Al- manak." Two lights twinkle in the steeple of the Old North Church... There is a piece of the "Star Spangled Banner" flag from Fort McHenry, George Washington's copy of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin's handwritten draft of the Articles of Confederation, 1775. Car 2, Exploration and Expansion--Native American relics trace the evolution of the intrepid American explorer. Three is the journal of Lewis and Clark; the original Louisiana Purchase, a 1797 Daniel Boone survey. Years pass and you see Amelia Earhart's scarf and flight goggles appearing in contrast to Alan Shepard's spacesuit and a moon rock. Car 3, Growth of a Nation--A vast mosaic stretches before the visitor as America if transformed from wilderness to megalopolis. Three are models of the 1863 train which brought President Lincoln home to Springfield, 111., for the last time; the Dallas Fort 'Worth airport, and a linear Induction Vehicle of the future. Car 4, Origins--Emma Lazurus' original manuscript "The New Colossus," circa 1883, welcoming all nationalities to our shores is illustrated by talking mannequins representing different cultures. Objects from the cultures range from an Arapaho headdress to a woodcarving by Celso Gallegos. Car 5, Innovations--A composite of mini-machines provides the backdrop for such imaginative technological miracles as a progression of incandescent lamps dating from 1881, a 1934 TV set and several original patent models such as the harvester and the time clock. There is a Number 4 · Folding Kodak camera from 1892; the first Polaroid, 1948, and a 1873 Remington typewriter. Car 6, Human Resources-The diversity of trades and professions in America is represented by Thomas Paine's 1776 edition of "Common Sense," the forerunner of the dental drill, a Nobel Peace Prize, the first Bible printed in America, Bessie Hillman's union book, postal appointments by Benjamin Franklin, and the original Julia Ward Howe's manuscript of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Car 7, Sports--On display are Jesse Owens and Johnny Weismuller's Olympic medals, Joe Frazier's boxing trunks and robe, and championship rodeo belt buckles. . .From the world of football there are Gale Sayer's jersey, Elroy Hirsch's spikes and Leon Hart's Heisman trophy. . .Basketball is represented by referee Mendy Rudolph's shirt, shoes of Bob Lanier, Kareem AbdulJabbar and John Havlicek, and shirts of George Mikan, Bob Cousey, Wilt Chamberlain and Meadowlark Lemon.. .Various baseball equipment once belonged to Lou Gehrig, Stan Musial, Joe Dimaggio, Ted Williams, Roberto Ciemente, Lou Broock, Willie Mays and Johnny Bench. You can see Hank Aaron's "714" ball and bat.. .Also included are Arnold Palmer's 1964 Masters Trophy, a 1775 putter and Billy Casper's pitching wedge. Car 8, Performing Arts-Memorabilia of stars from vaudeville to silver screen, radio to television are featured . . . Bing Crosby's gold record of "White Christmas," Will Rogers' lariat, Rudolph Valentino's jacket from "Blood and Sand," Clark Gable's ''Gone With the Wind" script, Marilyn Monroe's footprints, Shirley Temple's teddy bear, Charlton Heston's staff from "The Ten Commandments," Jack Benny's violin and bow, one of Judy Garland's "Dorothy" dresses Freedom Bell Society Names Hope Chairman Bob Hope has been named national honorary chairman of the Freedom Bell Society of America which was created to encourage Americans to ring bells at noon July 4. The celebration resulted from a letter written by John Adams to his wife, Abigail, in July 1776 discovered by Raymond Artabasy, executive director of the society. In Adams' letter he predicted that the signing of the Declaration of Independence would be celebrated by succeeding generations "with great shows, games, sports, fireworks . . . and the ringing of bells." Official symbol of the celebration is a commemorative Freedom Bell created by Gorham in antique-finish Ameralloy. The bell is being sold in stores throughout the country for $19.76. Pa'rt of the funds from Freedom Bell sales will be used to safeguard Independence Hall and other historic structures in Philadelphia and for improvement of their surroundings. Joining Hope on the national honorary committee are Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, John Denver, Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, Arthur Godfrey, fiuy Lombardo, Clare 1 Soothe Luce, Liza 1 Minnelli, Pat Nixon, Arnold Palmer, Dinah Shore, James Stew- aci and John Wayne. Space Suit Used in Lunar Landing in Train Exhibit Actual Lunar Landing Tape Played for Visitors Lighted Windows Show Train's Displays Exhibits Dedicated to Different Decades from "Wizard of Oz." Car 9, Fine Arts--Here is a hushed mini- gallery of priceless paintings and sculpture. Artists include Archibald Willard, Frederick Remington, Augustus Saint- Gaudens, Edmonia Lewis, Thomas Moran and Jose DeRivera. Car 10, Conflict and Resolution-Four moments in American history which have tested the fiber of our system'are portrayed here.. .The President's chair in a silent theater box, Lincoln's stovepipe hat and law books.. .Franklin D. Roosevelt's cane, mother-of-pearl cigar holder, and Dec. 8, 1941, War Message to Congress. . .John F. Kennedy's rocking chair, early handwritten draft of Inaugural speech, coffee mug.. .Vestments and Bible of Martin Luther King Jr. Once again outside the train there are two. glass-enclosed showcase cars to view. Inside are the 1904 automobile which won the first transcontinental race in the U.S. . the back-up lunar rover, an 1849 pumper fire engineer from the volunteer fire company established by George Washington, and the Freedom Bell. The Freedom Bell is a $100,000 gift of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary honoring America's children. The bronze bell is twice the actual size of the Liberty Bell-without the crack. It Weighs nearly 8V Z tons and is tuned to the musical note F, exactly one active lower than the Liberty Bell. The new bell contains the Liberty Bell s inscription, "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." The American Freedom Train Foundation hopes to establish a permanent exhibit site for the Freedom Bell at the end of the train's run this December. Completing the Freedom Train's displays are graphics and artifacts shown in 40 giant display windows. Viewed from the outside can be seen a Howdy Doody puppet, World War I recruiting poster, a hula hoop, and gold mining equipment. M BACKPACKING- PARKAS JACKETS · BACK Jan Sport PACKS Mine · SLEEPING BAGS Sportline · BOOTS Vasque · TENTS Camp America · FREEZE DRIED FOODS ... 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For over 50 years McJunkin people have excelled in solving some of the most complex industrial supply problems. That wasn't an accident. Our people believe in service ... McJunkin service. The right people, with the right attitude^ providing the right products... you can depend on McJunkin ... another McJunkin Plus. |M«VI IhwM. lOUMMfM C O R P O R A T I O N lfo«»»l«MI««l.

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