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Accommodated him by signing the card and sending it back and then of course when he became an adult. He owned a baseball team .
Okay. We come do we’ve come to number 44 President Obama and an artifact from his presidency a chess set there unlike anyone I’ve I’ve seen before . Of course it has the , the pattern of a chess set but the the players are are quite unusual tell us about it .
The chessboard itself is made up of lots of very small in Emily , that is a mosaic and and so because it comes from the Middle East. It was given by the King of Jordan to President Obama . If you think about walking and 2 one of kind of the ancient temples and having in life lawyers that’s the chess board is made up of white and black squares but each square meter , the small pieces of stone and then the chess pieces themselves the ponds kind of look like her speech kisses without the foil Sequoia cone shape . You know there it’s a cone shape and then again and the the King and queen . The rooks the bishops they are again very modern in geometric but also having in leg which of kind of highlight our accentuate each one of the pieces looks like in lay of something like mother of pearl or something . Yes . Yeah , so you know the plans are very basic black and white would but the the other pieces are are much more elaborate .
As I look at , look down at the little bit of information on this chess. You can see that it was given to President Obama in February of 2016 . So that’s a recent acquisition that you have here .
Yes , so what most people don’t realize is that the the gifts given to the President during their term of office as well as the papers they generate by law are belong to the National Archives and Records Administration and so because of the transition period that occurred when we were working on the planning of this we had to deal with the presidential materials division in the National Archives , they had to make sure that when they sent the material how to the Hoffman Estates , temporary facility which how President Obama’s artifacts and papers that this would be easy to get to. And so again it’s all of that advance planning because they knew I had a time that we wanted something they identified it they kept it in a separate Creighton so that they could easily retrieve it for us when we went to go pick it up .
So , Tom , as part of this exhibit it’s perhaps explain to us the videos that we have playing on 2 different or walls here I think that’s Herbert Hoover I’m seeing right now.
Herbert Hoover with King Tut and feeding them from the table which you should never do think that his dog his dog. But what we’ve also provide are a number of the color home movies that were released , the end of March . Actually I lose birthday on a March 29th and what makes these home movies important in there the first color home movies of taking of a President , but also of the White House grounds and many by as first lady . So kind of meat . So this is particularly or clip is showing Hoover as president-elect fishing and off the coast of Florida . I think he catches a Barracuda here . He also in a leader portion catches a sale fish so .
That that’s really unique. You do not . I mean , going back to the 1930s who do not connect that here in documentation with colored photos or colored film but here we have full color film of Herbert Hoover catching who look at that it is a big barracuda .
Yeah and and what made it deceptive was that the film itself if visual appearance looks black and white , but it has lines and you needed a special projector , which had a special lands which would refracted light to bring out the color in the film. Well , they haven’t made those projectors for well over 60 years . And so , and it went in . The Kodak quit making a color film and replaced it with the very popular could cripple a Chrome film by 1936 so it had a very short shelf life was introduced in the end of 1928 and pretty much disappeared by 1936 so what this also tells us though is that Lou Henry over was an early adapter of this new technology and color home movies so which doesn’t surprise anyone who’s studied Mrs. Hoover .
So Tom Schwartz as we conclude is the new radio tour of the latest exhibit at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch we we have peaked everybody’s interest in coming out here to West branched to see it here , but I’m wondering from you as a Director who , along with many others have worked to put this exhibition together with the many artifacts. What do you hope Ireland’s mid westerners anybody who comes here goes away with after taking in 44 presidents oil portraits and some of their very personal artifacts . So what would .
Trying to get across here are not the partisan politics , but rather what these individuals who held the office , what they were like , as people were the. The fact of putting the artifacts in the list to do in some wave reflect a portion of their personality what made them unique and why it’s there . Not all the same . It wasn’t merely the events that define them but also how they defined events through their own personalities and life experiences and so did the presidency is the highest office in the land . People say the most powerful person in the world , but I think anyone coming through this exhibit , we’ll see that tempered simply by knowing more about them as people as husbands as fathers and as stamp collectors as human beings .
Excellent time Schwartz. Thank you very much . Thank you . That was Tom Schwartz , Director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch , giving us a tour of an exhibit through the end of October featuring Oil Paintings . But we were focusing on artifacts from all 44 presidents that you can see in West Branch River to reverse a production of Iowa Public Radio news and then Kiefer thanks for joining us .
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