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The Journey of an Exhibit
By Tom Landers | Published  11/23/2007 | Company Profiles | Unrated
Creating and Displaying Exhibits at a Museum is Full of Intricacies
Each year, the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla. undergoes a number of transformations within the museum as it prepares for its newest exhibits – special member exhibits, Inductee exhibits and more.  After knowing the subjects of each exhibit, the Hall works for months to create exhibits worthy of paying tribute to each individual, and that also are captivating for visitors to enjoy.

The details that go in to creating each exhibit are numerous and most times, unknown by the public.  From determining what items will best tell a Hall of Fame member’s story to completing pages of insurance paperwork and ultimately, carefully transporting the artifacts, producing a Hall of Fame exhibit takes extensive and meticulous preparation.  

Even prior to the Hall of Fame making the announcement in May at THE PLAYERS Championship that its newest featured exhibit to open in November 2007 would focus on member Jack Nicklaus, the museum staff embarked on months of planning.   Working with the Nicklaus Companies and The Jack Nicklaus Museum based at The Ohio State University, the groups devised storylines, lists of items, artifacts and more to completely tell Nicklaus’ story along with the perfect tangible items to support it.
Tremendous detail was put in to developing the featured exhibit on paper, but there was perhaps even more put in to securing each artifact to be displayed and safely bringing each one to the Hall of Fame.  From insurance regulations, police escorts and more, the Hall of Fame is prudent in providing the utmost care for its members’ personal possessions – for every exhibit, every year.

In preparation for receiving a collection worth several million dollars for Jack Nicklaus: Golf’s Golden Champion, one trip alone to Ohio consisted of the following:

• Five World Golf Hall of Fame staff members

• Two St. Johns County, Fla. Sheriffs as escorts

• Five separate vehicles traveling to and from Ohio on the interstate spaced several minutes apart due to insurance requirements

• Two days of artifact gathering and packaging for travel

• Specific measurements of artifact values and volume to load in vehicles for the return to the Hall of Fame due to insurance requirements

Continued excitement abounds once the artifacts enter the door to the museum in safety, and great care continues to be given as the pieces become part of the exhibit and the story it is designed to tell.   

Make Your Mark at the World Golf Hall of Fame

Even though you may never make it in to the World Golf Hall of Fame as a member, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make a lasting impression of your own at the home of golf’s greatest.  Several opportunities are available for visitors or fans to have their own legacy preserved at the Hall of Fame, including a commemorative Brick Program or Friends of the Hall of Fame Membership.

By having your name placed near the World Golf Hall of Fame’s over 100 members on the prestigious Walk of Champions, you can be a part of golf history.  A $50.00 contribution to the World Golf Hall of Fame will purchase your own brick engraved to your specifications and placed around the Hall of Fame.  The purchase is so meaningful, each brick is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and is 100 percent tax deductible. 

A Friends of the Hall of Fame Membership shows your support for the game you love. Special membership includes unlimited admission for one year to the museum, newsletters, invitations to special events and more. And, if you purchase a vacation package to World Golf Village, you automatically become a Friend of the Hall of Fame!

For more information on how you can become part of history at the World Golf Hall of Fame, visit www.wgv.com.