In honor of the upcoming election and the fact that this November celebrates the 200th anniversary of James Monroe's election as the fifth president of the United States, the James Monroe Museum unveiled the new exhibit highlight an eclectic mix of political memorabilia. The items featured in the exhibit range from political cartoons to the wallet of President Warren G. Harding with the president's lucky penny. All of the items came from the personal collection of Laurence Hoes and many of the items have never been displayed before.
Bellow are a few highlights from the exhibit:
Laurence Hoes was able to acquire numerous original political cartoons from the collection of the Washington Post, including this cartoon from 1965 titled "Monroe's Wisdom," featuring an embattled LBJ seeking advice from the portrait of James Monroe over LBJ's decision to escalate military involvement in Vietnam. LBJ tried to justify his policy in Vietnam by citing the Monroe doctrine. Unfortunately, the American public was not buying it as the caption reads, "They just don't seem to go for the idea like they used to."
One of the exhibit's more unique items is President Warren G. Harding's wallet complete with lucky penny. Harding carried this 1901 Indian Head penny during the 1920 election. Harding won the election, but died in office in 1923.
Presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Monroe share the spotlight in the political cartoon from 1963 critical of JFK's handling of communist Cuba. "Yes, Jim...they're made a lot of changes!" the caption declared.
Conduct in the Public Service: Artifacts of Politics and Government from the Collection of the James Monroe Museum is open until March 2017.
To learn more information about the James Monroe Museum please visit: http://jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu/