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Patrick Henry College Invites Area Residents to a Holiday Viewing of Presidential Christmas Card Art

December 4th, 2000

CONTACT: Rich Jefferson (540) 338-8663 or media@hslda.org

PURCELLVILLE, VA—Patrick Henry College is inviting its neighbors and friends to view one of the top five collections of presidential Christmas art at an open house on Sunday, December 17, 2000, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The collection is on loan to the college from Purcellville resident David Eno. On display at Patrick Henry College will be 43 pieces of art commissioned by 11 presidents, including art from presidents Eisenhower through Clinton, chosen by the first family for their Christmas cards. The collection also features limited edition lithographs that were presented to foreign dignitaries, personal friends, and senior White House staff members. Similar art is held by the Smithsonian Museum, the White House Historical Society, presidential birthplace museums and presidential libraries, Eno said.

"We appreciate supporters like David Eno," said Mike Farris, president of Patrick Henry College. "It is our hope that community members will visit us December 17 and view this unique local collection of art commissioned chiefly by the presidents of the second half of the 20th Century."

Eno collected the pieces while employed by the State of New York in Albany, and while working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. During his remarkable career, Eno has been the Majority Press Secretary for the New York Speaker of the Assembly, Perry B. Duryea; the press secretary for New York Lt. Gov. Mary Anne Krupsak; and a senior aide to New York's State Sen. Edwin Mason. He lead Krupsak's team to save Radio City Music Hall from the wrecking ball, and was involved in the early planning of the famous "I Love New York" tourism campaign. On Capitol Hill, Eno was senior aide and press secretary for Senators Roger Jepsen (R-IA) and James Abdnor (R -SD). He was also on the professional staff of Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman (R-NY), now the Chairman of the House International Relations Committee.

Visitors to Patrick Henry College will also be able to view some of the Gallery of the Founding Fathers, a collection of documents with original signatures of America's Founders. Signatures of Presidents John Quincy Adams and James Madison are on display, along with that of Daniel Webster. Others, including document with Patrick Henry's signature, will be exhibited soon.

"The loan of this collection from a member of our local community shows the positive relationship we have with the community," Farris said. "We look forward to seeing our neighbors on December 17."