Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Is the C4C museum unique? Maybe not

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From the FYI department, we offer observations from John Edward Hawk, who's voiced questions about City for Champions at a public forum and in letters to City Council.

He writes in his latest missive to Council that the C4C website states, "Despite the historical power and national pride surrounding the Olympic Games, there is no museum in the United States to chronicle the Games’ incredible drama and innumerable stories."

Hawk characterizes that statement as "an outright lie," having found not one, not two, but three museums in this country that trade on the Olympic name.

They are:

Lake Placid Olympic Museum, which charges $5 to $7 admission depending on your age, is described like this on its website:

Come visit the only Olympic museum in North America that interprets the stories of two Olympic Winter Games – 1932 and 1980. We have an extensive collection of Olympic material including items that display Lake Placid's rich sports history from 1895 to present. Our displays and exhibits will bring to life the memories and accounts of Olympic achievement through the years. As you journey throughout the museum to see our many treasures, make sure you take some time to watch the never-released historical footage of the 1980 Miracle on Ice hockey game.  
Utah Olympic Park and Museum, where admission is free, is part of a building housing other attractions, according to its website:

The three-story Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center is home to Alf Engen Ski Museum and Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum.

This world-class facility highlights the history of all skiing disciplines in the intermountain region through interactive touch screen displays, videos, virtual reality ski theater, games and topographical maps. Visitors can also experience the glory of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games through a gallery of visual highlights and artifacts from the 2002 games.
Then there's the Centennial Olympic Games Museum in Atlanta, which charges $11 to $16.50 admission. It's part of a bigger facility called the Atlanta History Center. From its website:

The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games changed Atlanta forever and accelerated its transformation from Southern capital to international city. For seventeen days, Atlanta was the focus of the entire world. Those seventeen days in 1996 represented a decade’s worth of aspirations, striving, and triumphs. That remarkable achievement is preserved and celebrated at the Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center.

Located in the Fentener van Vlissingen Family Wing, the museum guides visitors through the history of the Olympic movement, from the inception of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece through the modern Olympic Games to the seventeen days of Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Games and its legacy.

Themes including the three-year-long Olympic bid process, financing the Games, building sports facilities, involving the local community, and welcoming the world to Atlanta are presented through a combination of objects, audio-visual elements, and interactive displays. The athletic drama is presented in a panorama that incorporates artifacts, sculpture, photographs, and illuminated panels along an indoor running track. In addition, a media presentation offers large-screen highlights from the Games. Other highlights include America’s only complete collection of Olympic torches and medals.
Each of those museums hones in on the games held in those respective cities, while also taking somewhat of a bigger-picture view of the games.

The City for Champions' museum project, though, would be more comprehensive, according to the C4C website:

An iconic complex in downtown Colorado Springs will present the history, artifacts and collective memories of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as host special celebrations and events. The museum will be a pilgrimage site containing the artifacts, media, technology and the myriad stories behind the dedicated American athletes who follow their dreams. Through the use of compelling video and highly interactive experiences, visitors will be immersed in the drama and exhilaration of competition. Concepts propose an Olympic Flame in the exterior plaza that would be visible from Interstate 25.

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