J. Edgar Movie Premiere
The National Law Enforcement Museum co-hosted an exciting event on Tuesday, November 8. A red carpet movie premiere of J. Edgar, a biopic directed by Clint Eastwood, Honorary Chairman of the National Law Enforcement Museum, was held at the Newseum in Washington, DC. The film narrates the complex and compelling life of the first FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover. Through a donation from the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation, the Museum collection contains more than 5,000 items from Director Hoover’s estate, including his office desk, chair and telephone, presentation items, awards, photographs, correspondence, books, recordings of his speeches, and numerous other items that relate to his personal and professional life, including his tenure as director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972. Select artifacts from the Museum's extensive J. Edgar Hoover Collection were on display during the premiere event. Guests were able to get a first-hand peek at items such as Director Hoover's desk and desk accessories; original photographs from his childhood, as well as from his years as FBI Director; and handwritten notes from his days as a law student at George Washington University.
View a slideshow of items from the Hoover Collection.
Fundraising UpdateIn other news, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial’s 20th Anniversary Gala accrued more than $390,000 to benefit the National Law Enforcement Museum. In addition to a generous gift of $50,000 recently donated by Ford Motor Company Fund, GLOCK, Inc. presented a gift of $2 million at the Gala to fund The History Beatexhibit. Contributions to the Museum now total more than $46 million! We certainly appreciate and extend our gratitude to our supporters who play a substantial role in our continued progress.
The utility relocation phase (Phase 1) of Museum construction that commenced on January 3, 2011, is nearing completion. Work is progressing on schedule and is expected to conclude in early December 2011.
This phase of work has included installation of a new water main under E Street, NW, which will provide domestic and fire water service for the Museum building; relocation of electric cables and vaults to make space for the future foundation of the Museum; re-routing of steam lines and a steam tunnel to avoid conflict with the location of the Museum’s foundation walls; and repositioning of an existing sewer line that serves a neighboring office building to make way for the Museum structure.