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Instruments of American Excellence

Instruments of American Excellence, An Exhibit at the Kentucky MuseumCopy of the U.S. Constitution belonging to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'ConnorThis hammer was used by President Jimmy Carter while building houses for Habitat for Humanity.Bat belonging to 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and winning World Series team member, Dustin PedroiaJay Leno used this Neumann microphone broadcast conversations with guests ranging from Robin Williams, Robert Downing, Jr., Toby Keith, and Rod Stewart to Senators Barack Obama and John McCain. Soccer cleat belonging to U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team leader and Olympian Mia Hamm The Instruments of American Excellence Exhibit opened to the public on September 21.Liza Minnelli wore these jeweled, high heel sandals during her Tony Award winning performance in The Act (1977-78), directed by Martin Scorsese. The Instruments of American Excellence Exhibit opened to the public on September 21.The Instruments of American Excellence Exhibit opened to the public on September 21.

Copy of the U.S. Constitution belonging to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

This hammer was used by President Jimmy Carter while building houses for Habitat for Humanity.

Bat belonging to 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and winning World Series team member, Dustin Pedroia

Jay Leno used this Neumann microphone in broadcast conversations on the set of the Tonight Show with guests ranging from Robin Williams, Robert Downing, Jr., Toby Keith, and Rod Stewart to Senators Barack Obama and John McCain.

Soccer cleat belonging to U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team leader and Olympian Mia Hamm

The Instruments of American Excellence Exhibit opened to the public on September 21.

Liza Minnelli wore these jeweled, high heel sandals during her Tony Award winning performance in The Act (1977-78), directed by Martin Scorsese.

The Instruments of American Excellence Exhibit opened to the public on September 21. WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell was joined at the ribbon-cutting by exhibit contributors.

The Instruments of American Excellence exhibit opened to the public on September 21. WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell addressed a large crowd of contributors, community leaders and fans at the grand opening celebration.

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A collection of the original instruments by which Americans have achieved extraordinary success.

This unique collection showcases the ordinary means by which Americans from many fields of study have achieved extraordinary things-- the actual "tools" that have shaped the course of this nation's history. Serving to educate and inspire, these items remind us that the actual instruments used by the highest of achievers are not magical or highly unusual, but rather that the attainment of excellence is often achieved only by the imagination and perseverance that personify the American spirit.

 

David M. Kennedy

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