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Gettysburg museum closed, planning auction

It will be a chance to “own a piece of American history,” according to organizers.

Gettysburg’s Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum, which has closed after nearly 60 years, is planning an auction of its contents in early 2017.

The auction will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, starting at 10 a.m. at the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg, 516 Baltimore St., Gettysburg.

The museum, visited by more than one million people since 1957, contains one of the only complete wax-figure collections of U.S. presidents in the nation.

Contents will include life-sized wax figures of all 44 presidents and their first ladies, in one-third scale. The first lady figures are dressed in their authentically recreated inaugural gowns.

The auction also will feature associated pictures, displays, equipment and furniture, organizers said in a news release.

The museum was created in part to pay homage to one of Gettysburg’s most famous residents, the president and World War II Allied commander Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Previews of the collection will be held at the Hall of Presidents & First Ladies Museum, 789 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, on Sunday, Jan. 8, from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m.

In case of bad weather, the Jan. 14 auction will be held on Sunday, Jan. 15.

For more, contact PA Onsite Auctions Co. at 717-630-9349.

David O'Connor
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