The Morris County Historical Society offers “Race to the Finish: Newspaper Coverage of Presidential Elections, 1789-2008” a thought-provoking new exhibit on view at Acorn Hall now through Sun., Jan. 29, 2017.
Featured in the exhibit are rare, original, historic presidential newspapers, from the personal collection of local historian, author, and MCHS Board of Trustees member Peter J. Tamburro, Jr., accented by period clothing, political paraphernalia, and cultural artifacts from the Morris County Historical Society’s extensive collections.
In this exhibit, newspaper headlines and articles illustrate the campaign promises, electoral obstacles, and political gaffes of more than 20 U.S. presidents and their rivals. See early newspaper coverage of George Washington’s election through Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and an authentic copy of the 1948 “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline of the Chicago Daily Tribune.
Complementing the newspapers are many examples of nineteenth and twentieth century period clothing, political paraphernalia including campaign buttons for Adlai Stevenson and Franklin Roosevelt, and a 1917 telegram sent by President Woodrow Wilson, and other cultural artifacts, from the Society’s vast collections.
Acorn Hall is open on Wed. and Thurs., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sun., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For a tour of Acorn Hall and to see the exhibit is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students, and free for children under age 12 and MCHS members. For more information, call MCHS at 973-267-3465.