Posts for January 2024

An Innovator, Artistic Trailblazer, and Our Founder: Katherine Stubergh Keller “The Madame Tussauds of America”

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In the captivating tapestry of wax’s extensive history, one name emerges as an indelible mark of artistic prowess - Katherine Stubergh Keller. A trailblazing American sculptor, Stubergh pioneered her way into the chronicles of wax history during the 20th century. Stubergh’s work resonates not only as a testament to her skill, but as a vivid reflection of an era. In the decades when flappers and Vaudeville were at their height, luminaries of the time sought the honor of sitting for her, contributing to a legacy that transcends mere sculptures. Her masterpieces grace the silver screen, finding a place of distinction in timeless Hollywood classics such as House of Wax, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Gone with the Wind, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and many more. Join us as we embark on a journey through the life and legacy of Katherine Stubergh Keller, exploring the empire she built and her founding of The National Presidential Wax Museum in Keystone, South Dakota.

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