Tuesday, 25 November 2008
King comes to museum
Chris Rhatigan • Iowa City Press-Citizen • November 24, 2008
The Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum has been temporarily taken over by The King. An exhibit at the museum, "A Very Elvis Christmas," opened Saturday.
The exhibit features 20 Christmas trees that pay homage to the life and career of legendary musician Elvis Presley.
The entrance to the exhibit is a white Christmas tree with red ornaments that is a replica of the trees Presley favored at his Memphis, Tenn., estate, Graceland.
Facts about Presley's life and career are scattered throughout the display along with explanations about the decorations on each tree.
There also are photographs of Presley and three cases of memorabilia, including album covers, Pez dispensers, commemorative plates and dolls.
Deena Moyle of Cedar Rapids came to see the exhibit Sunday. She is the president of the fan club of Illinois-based Elvis impersonator Junior Talley.
"I sent an e-mail to the entire fan club. ... I hope to get them all here to see this," Moyle said.
She said even as a big fan of Presley, she learned new things from the exhibit.
"It goes into great detail about his life," she said.
The trees are themed around different parts of Presley's life. The "Army Elvis" tree features ornaments that highlight his service in the military.
Some are based on Presley's films, such as the "Oceans of Fun" tree and the "Love Me Tender" tree.
The exhibit runs until Jan. 4. The museum is in West Branch just off of Exit 254 on Interstate 80.
For more information, call 319-643-5301 or go to http://www.hoover.archives.gov/