By Desiree A. DiCorcia,
The Coast Star,
Thursday, December 23, 1999,Page 15.
This Christmas, a little piece of Wall Township history, in the form of a miniature model of the Marconi Hotel, has been placed on the White House Christmas Tree, in Washington, DC.
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton invited Save America’s Treasures projects to create decorations for the White House in keeping with the 1999 White House holiday theme, “Holiday Treasures at the White House.”
Wall Township Historian Fred Carl explains, “to honor the past as we move into the millennium, the White House has been decorated with ornaments, wreaths, trees, mantelpieces and a gingerbread masterpiece that highlight and celebrate our nation’s historic and cultural legacy – our landmarks, events and people that tell the story of America to future generations.”
One of those historic landmarks that the White House has chosen for its Save America’s Treasures project is Wall Township’s soon to be very own, Camp Evans.
“This project was initiated by Mrs. Clinton in order to highlight historic preservation projects which need funding,” explained Mr. Carl.
In order to move Camp Evans to the White House to be displayed as an historical treasure, Robert Judge, of Neptune, employed his expert modeling talents to create a miniature model of the historic Marconi Hotel.
Mr. Carl explained that the artists were free to interpret their particular historic project in any light they saw fit.
The journey through America’s heritage begins as visitors first enter the White House. The East Wing landing features an old-fashioned Christmas tree created which displays the replicas of Save America’s Treasures Projects.
The Marconi Hotel miniature graces this tree, along with about 60 of the 500 other historic projects.
Mr. Judge was invited and attended a special tour of The White House on Dec. 20, for the artists of the holiday decorations. The tour was led by the White House Millennium Council.
“Save America’s Treasures is a public-private partnership between the White House Millennium Council and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, dedicated to identifying and preserving the enduring symbols of American tradition that define us as a nation,” explained Mr. Carl.
As honorary chair of the program, the First Lady has led two tours and several regional visits to more than 30 historic and cultural sites in 18 months and has led the effort to raise awareness and resources to preserve our nation’s heritage.
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