National Museum of Patriotism
− The National Museum of Patriotism was a museum in Atlanta, Georgia, at its peak occupying a 10,000-square foot site on Spring Street in Midtown Atlanta. 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. There have been questions concerning Mr. Snider's role in financing the museum. Although claiming to have donated large sums of money to the museum, tax records indicate that his donations were actually personal loans to the museum which he approved as the museum's chief executive. As of 2011, the museum owed Mr. Snider $498,181. It was located in Atlanta, Georgia, opening in premises at 1405 Spring Street on July 4, 2004, 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. Jim Balster was the museum's first executive director, followed by Jim Stapleton, and then Pat Stansbury. It was during Stansbury's tenure that the museum declined and eventually closed.
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.
In July 2010, the museum was forced to close due to mismanagement by senior leadership. To save face, the museum rebranded itself as the 'The National Foundation Of Patriotism' and promised a revolutionary online virtual museum, which never happened. In order to pay creditors, the museum auctioned off all of its exhibits and artifacts. Some of the items auctioned off were actually items that were on loan to the museum.
Content for this article written by Pat Stansbury, Center Director. National Museum of Patriotism, National Foundation of Patriotism.
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