Morthland College to display traveling political exhibit
West Frankfort, Illinois (October 19, 2016) — A new traveling exhibit — “Pin It to Win It: A History of Political Campaign Buttons” — has been curated by Morthland College Library staff and will be displayed in the run-up to Election Day.
The exhibit is comprised of political buttons spanning from 1896 to 2009 featuring presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial campaigns. The exhibit offers a firsthand look at the ways that political campaign buttons have changed in design and material over the course of 110 years.
The collection has been curated from the contents of the Ken Gray Presidential Museum, which Gray’s widow, Margaret Gray Duke, donated to Morthland College in 2015.
The “Pin it to Win It” exhibit will be on display at Whitfield Hall on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., during a lecture by Elizabeth Allen, author of Economy of One and Driving Demand. Both the lecture and the exhibit are free and open to the public.. Whitfield Hall is located at 401 W. Main St. in West Frankfort.
On Election Day, the exhibit will be available for viewing during the Delta Theta Tau Ham and Bean Dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church Life Center, 304 N. Sunnyslope Street in West Frankfort.
A second curated exhibit from the collection will be displayed around the Christmas season. “I’m Dreaming of a Gray Christmas” features Christmas cards from Jimmy Carter to Ken Gray and other Congressional Christmas memorabilia. It will be on display at Whitfield Hall at 11 a.m. on Nov. 30 during the college’s Hanging of the Greens service, and on Dec. 2 at the Winter Gala of the Morthland College Conservatory of Music and the Arts. Both of those events are free and open to the public.
The traveling exhibits are available for display at other community events in Southern Illinois. For more information, contact Leigh Caldwell, firstname.lastname@example.org.