Can't get enough politics? Sad the elections are over and won't be back for four more years? Well, consider taking a trip to the Stauth Museum for their "They Also Ran: The Presidential Hopefuls" exhibit.
The exhibit features memorabilia from former presidents and presidential hopefuls alike. Everything from newspaper clippings to political cartoons, to bumper stickers and political signs.
According to the museum's website, the exhibit is a "fascinating look at American politics, and the men who gave the presidents a run for their money, sometimes returning to win a later election."
"We have a lot of really interesting items on display," Kim Legleiter, executive director of the Stauth Museum said. "We have actual ballots to vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864."
They also have plaques listing the presidential candidates for each election, as well as who the winners and losers were.
"Back in the 1700's and 1800's there wasn't just a democrat and republican," Legleiter said. "There were some years that nearly 25 people ran! And every single one of them is listed on the plaque."
In addition to the plaques, there are also newspaper clippings dating back to the 1700's and profile each person.
"The newspapers are a big deal," Legleiter said. "Back then it wasn't just uploading a picture and printing it. Each image had to be cut out, engraved, inked, and printed on each individual paper. The time it took to make these is just incredible when you think about it."
There are also several maps on display, which were created by Disabled American Veterans and show how each state voted in the election and how many electoral votes the state had at the time.
"I think the maps are really interesting," Legleiter said. "You can see how often states vote republican and how many voted democrat, and how the electoral votes were distributed."
"They Also Ran: The Presidential Hopefuls" will be at the Stauth Museum until Jan. 27.
The Stauth Museum is located in Montezuma and is open 9-12 and 1-4:30 Tuesday through Saturday and from 1:30- 4:30 on Sundays. For more information call (620) 846-2527.
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