Library Salon – Washington D.C.
September 15, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
Library Salon – Location: Washington D.C.
American Political Memorabilia: Symbolism and Silliness
Evan Stewart (BA 1974, JD 1977) has one of America’s most extensive collections of political memorabilia. In 1960, he began amassing thousands of campaign buttons, posters, dolls, puppets, cartoons, and other paraphernalia. These assorted materials tell an amazing set of stories about our nation’s electoral battles. What was the dirtiest campaign in history? What role did the “Wide Awakes” have in fomenting the Civil War? What was the first “modern” campaign in our history? What campaign generated the most memorabilia? Why are some items more valuable than others? Which candidate threw a tantrum over his presidential button? What pets have influenced the ballot box? These and many other questions will be answered by Evan Stewart during his presentation at this Cornell University Library Salon.