For immediate release - June 7, 2005
TAVARES — On Friday June 10, the Lake County Historical Museum will open a new exhibit that commemorates the 18th anniversary of when President Ronald Reagan delivered the infamous phrase “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
The exhibit will feature the entire transcript from Reagan’s June 12, 1987, speech at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin. While his address was delivered to the people of West Berlin, it was also audible on the east side of the Berlin Wall.
The speech proved to be one of the most famous of Reagan’s presidency. His address is considered by many to have affirmed the beginning of the end of the Cold War and the fall of communism. Two years later on Nov. 9, 1989, the wall came crashing down with communism in the Soviet Union soon to follow.
“It’s a piece of history most people don’t get to see,” said Dr. Diane Kamp, Director of Lake County museums. “It impacted democracy all over the world, including here in Lake County.”
Along with the speech transcript, the exhibit will feature a small piece of the actual Berlin Wall complete with a certificate of authenticity, the front page from a London-based newspaper detailing the wall being torn down and a video running simultaneously telling the history of the wall.
“My husband and I bought the piece of the Berlin Wall from a soldier that was there when it was happening,” Kamp said. “We are loaning it to the museum for this exhibit.”
The historic Berlin Wall display will remain in Gallery I of the Lake County Historical Museum for one year.
For more information about the museum, call Kamp at (352) 343-9600. There is always something new to see and do at the Lake County Historical Museum located at 317 W. Main St., Tavares.
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445