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American Presidents: Life Portraits

Exhibit American Presidents: Life Portraits


May 13, 2017 – October 29, 2017

Traveling Exhibit Co-sponsored by the White House Historical Association

C-SPAN American Presidents: Life Portraits
In partnership with Mediacom, opening Sat., May 13, 2017, American Presidents: Life Portraits, a presidential portrait exhibit presented by C-SPAN, Mediacom and the White House Historical Association, will be on display at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum.

This newly redesigned exhibit will be open to the public through Sunday, October 29, 2017 at Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum, located at 210 Parkside Drive, West Branch, Iowa.  Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., daily.

American Presidents: Life Portraits
features the only complete collection of American presidential oil portraits by one artist, renowned North Carolina painter and sculptor Chas Fagan (pronounced FAY-gun). Accompanying the Fagan portraits are biographical sketches of all 44 presidents and each president’s first lady.  In addition to the sketches are photographs contributed by the White House Historical Association that capture each president’s time in the White House, as well as audio and video that viewers can access through their smart phones. To compliment this, the curatorial staff at the Hoover Library-Museum have borrowed objects to represent each president.   

Commissioned by C-SPAN in 1999, Fagan painted the presidential portraits to complement C-SPAN’s Peabody Award-winning television series, American Presidents: Life Portraits.  The exhibit has traveled to many presidential homes and libraries, and was on display in Washington, DC during the 2009 Presidential Inauguration.

Since its redesign, exhibit visitors will also be able to listen to the voice of every president beginning with Theodore Roosevelt and watch biography videos of each president on their smart phones.

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum is located in West Branch, IA just ¼ mile off Interstate 80. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information please visit the website: www.hoover.archives.gov or call 319-643-5301.  In West Branch, C-SPAN programming is carried on Mediacom channel 87 as a public service.  Mediacom affiliate fees help support C-SPAN operations, including this exhibit.


About C-SPAN:
Created by the cable TV industry and now in nearly 100 million TV households, C‐SPAN programs three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C‐ SPAN Radio, heard in Washington DC at 90.1 FM and available as an App (Android, iPhone, Blackberry); and a video‐ rich website offering live coverage of government events and access to the vast archive of C‐SPAN programming. Visit http://www.c‐span.org/.
About the White House Historical Association:
The White House Historical Association is a charitable nonprofit institution whose purpose is to enhance the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the White House. To fulfill its purpose, the White House Historical Association produces educational literature and films, school programs, and maintains a website interpreting the White House and its history and the persons and events associated with it. From private funding and the sale of its educational products, the Association supports the acquisition of artwork and objects for the White House collection and contributes to the conservation of the public rooms. Visit http://www.whitehousehistory.org/.
About Mediacom Communications:
Mediacom Communications Corporation is the eighth largest cable operator in the U.S. serving about 1.3 million customers in smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. Mediacom offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services to households and businesses, including video, high-speed data, phone, and home security and automation. Through Mediacom Business, the company provides innovative broadband solutions to commercial and public sector customers of all sizes, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at www.mediacomcc.com.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum
P.O. Box 488
210 Parkside Drive
West Branch, IA 52358 | 319-643-5301