Ohio Statehouse Hosts Special Political Memorabilia Exhibit
History of Politics of Ohio’s Presidents on View Through September 27
Columbus, Ohio –
The Ohio Statehouse Museum Education Center, in partnership with the American Political Items Collectors, unveiled a special new exhibit today showcasing treasures from the political careers of Ohio’s eight Presidents and their campaigns.
While the campaign button is the most recognized and widely collected of all campaign objects, the exhibit also includes vintage political ribbons, ferrotypes, glassware, autographs, books, textiles, ephemera, posters, medals, tokens, postcards, pennants, sheet music and photography. Campaign artifacts range from matchbooks to street banners and everything in between!
The exhibit is on display in the Map Room on the ground level of the Ohio Statehouse through September 27. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Ohio’s Presidents include: William Henry Harrison (1841), Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877), Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881), James A. Garfield (1881), Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893), William McKinley (1897-1901), William Howard Taft (1909-1913) and Warren G. Harding (1921-1923).
All of the items on display in the exhibit are from the private collection of Mark and Kim Gelke of Cincinnati.
About the American Political Items Collectors
The American Political Items Collectors (APIC) is a non-profit membership organization, dedicated to promoting the collection, preservation and study of materials relating to political campaigns and the U.S. presidency. Founded in 1945, the APIC serves a growing hobby. Membership includes collectors and enthusiasts from all walks of life and nearly every occupation. The APIC cooperates with the Smithsonian, presidential libraries, homes, birthplaces and museums, national and local media as well as colleges and universities to facilitate the understanding of American politics using the artifacts of political campaigns. For more information about the American Political Items Collectors, visit www.apic.us.
About the Ohio Statehouse Museum
The Ohio Statehouse Museum features high-tech, interactive exhibits that make learning about all three branches of state government fun. The museum is packed with historical artifacts and images that tell the stories of how government works and who has come to serve their fellow citizens.
The Museum includes 5,000 square feet of exhibit space on the ground floor of the Ohio Statehouse that enriches the experience of school children and visitors. The Museum offers exhibits that encourage visitors to participate in the government process by making choices, expressing their opinions, comparing viewpoints and even becoming a part of an exhibit by giving a State of the State address. A thrust on contemporary issues enables visitors to better relate to the governing process.
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