Political Memorabilia Exhibit on Display at Park University

Thursday, October 6, 2016

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Political MemorabiliaPark University is marking the election year with an exhibit of political memorabilia Monday, Oct. 10, through Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the University’s newly remodeled Fishburn Archives and Special Collections exhibit area, located near the 6th Street entrance to the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground on the University’s Parkville Campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The collection, which has been on display every four years since 2000, is curated by University Archivist Carolyn Elwess. Among the more historic items are a Herbert Hoover button, a “Shirley Chisholm for President” button, a Richard Nixon bumper sticker signed by Julie and Trisha Nixon, a collection from the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, items from the 1976 Republican Convention held in Kansas City, Mo., and a cardboard stand-up of Sarah Palin.

“The collection is truly mulitpartisan and is not meant to promote or to malign any one party,” Elwess said. “The display is definitely eclectic and always provides some surprises. The creativity exhibited is quite diverse.”

Most of the buttons are ones Elwess has collected over the years, but many other items have been donated by Park alumni and employees, community members and other individuals.

“I am always looking for more items and welcome other loans or donations for this year’s exhibit,” Elwess said. “What I really want are buttons and other memorabilia, including signs from older campaigns, as well as this year’s campaign. I believe the Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump battle will produce some quite memorable and unique items.”

For more information about the exhibit or to loan or donate items, contact Elwess at carolyn.elwess@park.edu or (816) 584-6891.