St. Petersburg, Florida (August 1, 2002) Florida International Museum announces TIME Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year at 75’, a multimedia exhibit recognizing those who have had an enormous impact on the course of history. This year marks the 75th anniversary of TIME’s Person of the Year tradition. The exhibit is traveling to nine U.S. cities over the next two years. Florida International Museum is the third location, following New York City and Washington, D.C.
“ The TIME exhibit is heroic, featuring the people who have changed the course of history,” says Kathy Oathout, vice president of Florida International Museum. “From Charles Lindbergh in 1927 to Rudy Giuliani in 2001, this exhibit tells the stories of our lives. The events of September 11 make up a particularly memorable display.” The TIME ‘Person of the Year at 75’ opens on September 11 and runs through October 27, 2002.
Over three quarters of a century, TIME has selected business leaders, political leaders, pioneers in science, explorers of space, but what they all have in common is that they have led the world to places that might never have been reached without their example, their influence or their genius. The exhibit includes a chronology of TIME Person of the Year covers with commentary from both the original issues of TIME and from a modern perspective; historic photographs, original artifacts and artwork that capture the spirit of the various ages; and a 10-minute video illustrating the selection process with interviews with former and current TIME managing editors.
TIME is one of the world’s best-known publications, read by more than 28 million people around the world. A website for ‘TIME Person of the Year at 75’ is active at www.time.com/POY75. The nationwide tour of ‘TIME Person of the Year at 75’ is sponsored by Scudder Investments.
The Florida International Museum is the permanent home of the largest private collection of Kennedy family artifacts in the world. Also on permanent display is The Cuban Missile Crisis, an interactive presentation that gives visitors the impression that they have gone back in time to the year 1962.
Admission is $12 for adults, $11 for college students and seniors 65+, $6 for students. Children under 6 are free. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Last entry to the museum is at 4 p.m. daily.
For more information please contact the Florida International Museum at 727-822-3693 or visit www.floridamuseum.org.
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The Florida International Museum is a non-profit educational institution supported, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Florida Arts Council, State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the City of St. Petersburg. Other major sponsors include Progress Energy, Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, and St. Petersburg Times.