obo art 300OWENSBORO, Ky. (5/5/14) — Michael Moran will present The Genesis of a Coin Design 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.

Moran is the author of “Striking Change: The Great Artistic Collaboration of Theodore Roosevelt and Augustus Saint-Gaudens” which explores Roosevelt's contribution to the design of U.S. coins. During the presentation, Roosevelt's presidential inaugural medal, a bust of Roosevelt by sculptor James Earle Fraser and an Edith Roosevelt coin will be on display.

The Kentucky Rough Riders, a group dedicated to honoring the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt, will host the event. Members of the River Cities Coin Club also will be in attendance.

Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president, was instrumental in beautifying American coinage. He approached Saint-Gaudens about designing the now famous image for the $20 gold coin, known as a Double Eagle, produced by the United States Mint from 1907 to 1933. Saint-Gaudens patterned the image, considered one of the most beautiful of all U.S. coins, from his sculpture Angel of Victory.

Moran, an Owensboro native who lives in Lexington, is a member of the Advisory Board of the Theodore Roosevelt Association and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. He was actively involved with the design of the Edith Roosevelt coin, part of the U.S. Mint's First Spouse Series, and will share fascinating behind the scenes stories of how the final design was determined.

"We are pleased the Kentucky Rough Riders wanted to host this event at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art. Coins are one example of how art impacts our lives on a daily basis as well as the history of our nation," said OMFA Director Mary Bryan Hood. "Mr. Moran's experiences promise to make for an intriguing program."

Moran will sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase. Lora Wimsatt, president of the Kentucky Rough Riders, said several 2013 Presidential $1 coins featuring Roosevelt will be given away as door prizes.

The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, 901 Frederica Street, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, go to www.omfa.us or call (270) 685-3181.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Mary Bryan Hood

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

Cairo Elementary Host Staff, Student Appreciation Trip, Thanks Donors

HENDERSON, Ky. (4/25/15) — Cairo PTA is hosting a field trip for all staff and students to the Owensboro Science and… Read More

River Run, Health and Hospitality Fest Scheduled for May 16

HENDERSON, Ky. (4/25/15) — On Saturday, May 16, 2015 runners will make the trek from Evansville, Ind. to Henderson,… Read More

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 12281

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7623

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5816

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4926

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4226

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 12281

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8841

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 25, 2015 1294

Above and Beyond: Wade Simons

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 1023

Elementary Girls in Good GRACES with Unique…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 892

Planning Commission Approves Zoning Amendments…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 848

Superheroes ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 741

Focus on Hopkins County: Interview with Sheriff…

by Tim Thomas
April 25, 2015 710

Webster County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
April 25, 2015 626

Tobacco Quitline Callers Eligible for Extra…

by Beth Fisher
April 26, 2015 605

New Drug Helps Farmer with Parkinson's Return to…

by Laura Dawahare
April 25, 2015 581

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 569

Keeping the Faith - 'To Die Trying'

by Ronnie McBrayer