Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Liberty Memorial Tower Souvenir

The National World War I Museum in Kansas City is offering a replica of the Liberty Memorial Tower on their online gift store. The resin tower measures 8 inches tall and costs $26. Fellow building collector Dick B. alerted me to this available souvenir. The Liberty Memorial, located in Kansas City, Missouri houses the The National World War I Museum, as designated by the United States Congress in 2004. The real World War I Memorial Tower stands 217ft tall. Architect Harold Van Buren Magonigle designed the Beaux Arts Classicism, Egyptian Revival style tower. It was dedicated on November 11, 1926, by U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. The Liberty Memorial houses the official World War I museum of the United States. Among other landscaping, its grounds include two large sphinx sculptures, the centerpiece 217-foot (66 meter) tower and the museums around and under the tower. Commensurate with the memorial's congressional designation as the "national" memorial and museum, a new, much larger museum opened in 2006 beneath the main memorial to form a huge museum complex. The Memorial and Monument are managed by a non-profit organization in cooperation with the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. On September 21, 2006, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne declared Liberty Memorial a National Historic Landmark. This would make a great compainion piece to the Astronomers Monument souvenir.

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