New exhibit at WKU features ordinary stuff used by famous

New exhibit at WKU features ordinary stuff used by famous

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Liza Minnelli performs at the Dramatists Guild Fund's 50th Anniversary Gala Honoring John Kander at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 3, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for Dramatists Guild)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 8:08 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Western Kentucky University is opening a new museum exhibit that showcases ordinary stuff used to achieve the extraordinary.

There's equipment used by Titanic discoverer Robert Ballard, a film splicer from documentarian Ken Burns' editing room and shoes worn by Liza Minelli in a Tony Award-winning performance.

The collection features more than 140 pieces spanning entertainment, politics, sports and science. Other items include the hammer used by former President Jimmy Carter to build Habitat for Humanity houses and lab equipment used by Nobel Prize-winning scientists.

The collection opens Sept. 21 at the Kentucky Museum on Western's campus in Bowling Green.

The exhibit is the brainchild of Dan Murph, a Nashville, Tenn., songwriter who lives in Bowling Green.

Murph says he hopes the collection inspires visitors to pursue their own dreams.
 

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