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Not going to be open to the public?
What a waste, if it isn't shared. Maybe he intends on making it a filming location, or a private party location for his family and friends.
Koch plans on it being open to family, friends, and historians.
Historians? Do we count?
There's a certain patterm with MANY ultra wealthy collectors- i GOT MINE AND I want more,more,more.There is one here on the west coast who collects early phonographs,some of which can be numbered in less than 10-12 surviving examples,This guy has multiples of the same item sitting side by side.When I queried him about that he rattled off the names of several other seriously wealthy packrats and said there was genuine satisfaction to be had from denying them.I asked him about folks of middle class means who couldn't access the items and he said "What of them?"Many collectors are historians and preservers to whom the sharing of of information and inspection to other researchers and the public is regarded by them as a trust and obligation.Rosebud!
Much wants more--that's an old axiom I heard when I was in school many years ago. What if somebody decided to buy up all of Gettysburg, or Abilene, or Cripple Creek. or Virginia City, or a number of other places. and keep them as their own personal playgrounds? What if somebody decided to buy up all the papers and artifacts of Lincoln, or Jefferson, or Washington, or the Roosevelts, or countless others and deny everyone else access? Forgive me being blunt, but greed and avarice have virtually brought this country to its knnes economically!
Frederick Meserve,not a fabulously wealthy man incidentally,made it his life's mission to save rare photograph, negatives and one of a kind related artifacts of Lincoln and his associates.In a number of cases he got them just as the items were going to be destroyed.His vision was to make these available to the public as he venerated the man.
Americans have few problems with out of control over the top selfishness or greed until it affects them personally.I personally don't agree with private preserve collections of artifacts.To quote Indiana Jones"IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM".As folks interested in history we all have a trust to educate and help preserve.
But look how the man in the White Hat wound up. and, Sir Sean was certainly illuminated!
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