National Museum of Patriotism
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The National Museum of Patriotism was a museum in Atlanta, Georgia, at its peak occupying a 10,000-square foot site in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. However it closed in 2010 and moved to an online-only presence. The founder of the museum was Nicholas Snider, a retired United Parcel Service executive who created a large collection of sweetheart jewelry.
It was originally founded by Nicholas D. Snider, a former vice-president of United Parcel Service. It was located in Atlanta, Georgia, opening in premises at 1405 Spring Street on July 4, 2004, in the Hilton Garden Inn, and in 2007 moving to a site at 275 Baker St, in the Centennial Olympic Park near the Georgia Aquarium and The World of Coca-Cola. Pat Stansbury was appointed executive director in 2009.
In April 2009, the Patriotism in Entertainment and Music exhibit was opened in a ceremony attended by Kenny Gamble and Patti LaBelle. At the same time, the museum inaugurated its Patriot Award: recipients including LaBelle and Gamble, Lee Greenwood, Cowboy Crush, The Bob Hope Foundation, and Access Hollywood.
It included several exhibits celebrating police and law enforcement. Subjects included voting, the dollar bill, the Tuskegee Airmen, espionage, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, 9/11, holders of the Medal of Honor, Ellis Island, and patriotism in popular entertainment. Objects displayed include jewellery, magazine covers, and posters.
In July 2010, the museum announced a change in strategy. Under the new moniker of 'The National Foundation Of Patriotism', it will convert to an online museum, with the physical museum in Atlanta GA scheduled to close on July 31, 2010. According to the official website:
"As a result of the current economic downturn, it became apparent that the mission of the museum was suffering because of the domino effect the new economy has had on our visitors, fundraisers, and vendors. Therefore, The National Museum of Patriotism had to answer the call of the new economy to find a new way of doing business.
The National Foundation of Patriotism will become a virtual museum online. Affording the mission a broader reach, deeper impact and higher visibility than could ever be attained by one building in one city. Social media will be the engine that drives the mission to success."
It promised it would continue to hold events.
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